Stone-a-green super lawn truck for 2002.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawrence stone, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. In order to say no a trailer (except for when need a 62” mower) I am building the ultimate low budget super lawn truck.

    The new lawn truck is sort of like my old lawn truck (c1500 HD) expect for I am adding a custom made 3ft (vs. the normal 2ft) pickup bed extender, used in conjunction with a ramp gate. Then I am adding 2ft high wooden sides and front. A custom roll up steel door
    Is going to be the roof and secure the equipment when not being used.

    I don’t feel the 3 ft extension will be too big of a burden on the rear suspension of the truck since there won’t be all that much weight back that far. Per my calculations the drive wheel of the second walk behind (mid size Toro) will be just be off the regular truck bed on the beginning of the add on extension.

    With this set up I will be able to carry a Power Plugger, a 21” mower, the 32” stone-a-green spreader sprayer mower with a sulky, and a 52” with a sulky. Plus all the needed hand held two cycle equipment, hand tools, hand spreaders, can sprayers and gas cans etc.

    Along the front I am going to make a shelf that will hold 5 plastic buckets up to 7.5 gallons with lids that will hold seed, fertilizers, treflan, penn mulch etc.

    The extension makes towing my 5.5 x 12 open a poor idea but I have a boat trailer I can make a bed and sides to haul my 62” mower. The tongue on the boat trailer is so long it will clear the bed extension.

    Comments welcome.
  2. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    Won't this interfere with your southern tour?

    Sounds like a pretty good project for ya.
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
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    I'd add some kind of leaf spring booster. Thats a lot of extra weight to be carring around every day.
  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
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    I am all for it. I don't like pulling a trailer either, seems easier to have everything in one place, quicker to drive, park etc. Plus it will save on registration fees and excise tax for the trailer, which in the great state of Taxachusetts is noticeable.

    BRIAN GALLO LawnSite Senior Member
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    The idea of a trailerless lawn service is appealing - especially on those tight neighborhoods with no cul-de-sac. Did you ever check out those Isuzu snub nose trucks with the landscape trailer-style back end? They are big bucks, but look like the ticket to me! Maybe you can check them out for some ideas on modifying your rig.
  6. No this is a March project. I have to order the bed extension now.

    I guess it will be about 1700 lbs + passengers. I have rear shocks with overload springs with 30.5" LT tires with a 4.10 limited slip rear axle so power is not a problem.

    A trailer under 3000 gross is $6 to register in PA for a year with no state inpection needed either.

    The side board area of 2 x 11 feet gives room for some large vinyl graphics.

    With my set up I can mow a 2k or 200k property. For suburban lawns the 32" bags the clippings around the pool. Then the clippings are dumped into the front yard then the 52" mulches the clippings to nothing. All lawn debris is recycled for there is little room for debris in the truck.
  7. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is going to be one great unit when it's all done. Take photos!
  8. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
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    I run 6' & 8' trailers with drop gates front (for 21" access), & rear, on long & shortbed compacts in small res areas. Trailer allways clears neighbors drive when parked. 2 cycles & misc. junk in the truck beds or on Trimmertraps, mowers in trailers. Quick load, unload, compact sizes.
    Guys running tailgate ramps out of beds allways seem to be fighting for space & slow to load&unload.
  9. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a good idea.I hope it works for you in 2002.Keep us updated.My only sugestion is if there are springs on the side to lock or assist you in loading, have a spare. We have the gates for our trucks and they seem to go through springs on the back.This may be totally different then what you're getting ..Have fun.
  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had this discussion with Mr Stone last week. There is a huge untapped market in many of the older urban areas for lawn care, one of the big problems is that these properties were originally set up back in the days before automobiles and parking was an afterthought. It is just down right impossible to service these properties with a trailer when there is 40' property frontage (less 7' driveway width) and there are cars parked on both sides of the street. With a small self-contained non articulating vehicle you could pull behind these properties without fear of being boxed in like a turtles you-know-what.

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