Transporting mower from site to site

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  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    How does your 1/2 ton have a rating of 9k when my 1 1/4 ton pickup has a rating of 8800 :confused:
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    That's how it is here in MI now too.
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Take it up with Chevy. They wrote the specs.
     
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    have you actually had your truck on a set of scales and it weighs that much?

    The WV DOT is terrible about setting up portable scales everywhere around here due to coal trucks and logging trucks, any truck that passes by with a DOT number on the side that doesn't stop gets chased and put on the scales. I've had a smart @ss DOT guy get after me a couple times without even having a trailer. I honestly didn't know how much my truck weighed until I had in on the scales. We bought the trucks as a cab/chasis without a bed then had beds made up, because of that there is no weight inside the door as most trucks have.
     
  5. TaylorLandscapingLLC

    TaylorLandscapingLLC LawnSite Member
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    sorry to have opened a wound here guys. i just want to be legit if i get stopped by Highway patrol or DOT while traveling state roads and US roads. The last thing i need is a cop writing me for every possible thing he can. so in order for the vehicle to be registered to haul 26K lbs, does it have to be registered as a commercial auto?
     
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    that again all depends on your state... in WV ANY vehicle registered over 10,000 lbs have to a 'B' plate... private or commercial. For WV reference purposes - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=17a&art=10

    I would doubt that farmers, ranchers, private citizens who haul livestock or other goods over have to be commercial, but if you are going to be hauling 26k, that would probably mean your drivers license needs CDL certification. I think 26k is a federal law requiring CDL.
     
  7. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
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    There was a huge argument on here about DOT numbers a short while back. Every state controls it's own DOT. Some states require it for interstate travel but not intrastate; some require it regardless of where you travel. For some the threshold is 10001lbs and others it is 26001lbs. There are also USDOT numbers in addition to state numbers. You need to go to the link below. Contact the district office that presides over the part of Florida you live in. Get the facts from them. That is the only way you will know 100% what you need to do to be legal.

    http://www.dot.state.fl.us/agencyresources/contactus.shtm
     
  8. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    Richard, you're looking like a person that does not know what they are talking about. A Chevy 1500 DOES NOT have a GVWR of 9200 and that is fact. Add the letters "HD" next to the 1500 and you'll be closer but no cigar. Why are you looking at the owners manual anyway? That's not telling you nothing. The DOT officer is going to look at the sticker in the door jam where the production date is located. That's where they put the tire size and all kinds of stuff pertaining to the truck specifically to include the GVWR. You're looking at the towing capacity in the owners manual which has nothing to do with the DOT. They will add the GVWR of the truck and what the trailer is rated at to get a total CGVWR. It's not hard to tell if a company is required to have DOT numbers simply based off of what they're driving. If they are driving a 3/4 ton dually they can't pull a trailer or they'll be over the federal standard of 10,001lbs. Depending on the state, they could use a dual axle trailer too if the state has a higher combined weight rating.

    Exactly.

    It doesn't, he's confused. LOL

    Take what up with Chevy? You're looking at the wrong numbers. Again, if you have a 1500 then it's rating is between 6200-6500lbs.
     
  9. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Missouri
    Posts: 517

    already said
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2013
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, the curb weight is about 4500 pounds.
     
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