Truck for fall- new guy in lawn care

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Lsmain, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Lsmain

    Lsmain LawnSite Member
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    Whats up guys? My name is Dave Carroll and i own Lions Share Maintenance based out of St.Paul MN. I opened Lions Share in 2010 and did most of the work myself for the first 2 years, then started to expand. We now run 5 full time crews, 3 residential, 2 commercial, 8 employees total, focusing primarily on window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing. I focus a lot on commercial work, but resi is still our cash cow. Resi customer base is about 1200 or so.

    Long story short, Ive got a buddy of mine who finally quitting his job and joining the team. He has 9 years of landscaping/ snow removal experience. I am in the works of leveraging our customer base to open up certain areas of our market to more lawn industry focused services, my guy captaining the show.

    My first focus this fall is to get him all set up to do yard clean ups. We have experimented in the past, but it was caveman style. Blowers, tarps and the trailer. I want to focus on yard clean ups and aeration this fall, then open the flood gates for the services next spring. We already do snow removal and ice dams, so winter is $ for us, but I'm definitely going to be needing some advice come spring.

    Im trying to figure out what truck i want to buy for my new guy. I have an 12ft open trailer that I'm gonna just dedicate to this truck. Id like a 2500. I'm a chevy guy, but I've read ford and gmc have better front ends for 2500+.

    Any advice with the truck or in general is appreciated guys. Thanks
     
  2. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
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    If its in the budget id go for a 6.7 diesel F350
     
  3. Lsmain

    Lsmain LawnSite Member
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    Even if I plan to not get into a lot of equipment?

    Maybe a better question, whats the most solid 2000-2007 2500 model if you had 10k to spend
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  4. Barnabas

    Barnabas LawnSite Member
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    id always go diesel and 350 if you find it. rather have more capability then needed, then to need it and not have enough.

    Diesel is more reliable and they tend to last longer although maintenance is more. In that price range any truck will do fine just look for lowest miles and least amount of rust.
     
  5. Lsmain

    Lsmain LawnSite Member
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    I appreciate it bud. Thanks
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  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    6.0 gassers are hard to beat for the money.
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  7. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a nice 2003 chevy 2500hd for Sale. Runs great. 6.0 gas. I drive it every day.
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