Truck to start

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Adam@SUNYCobleskill, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Adam@SUNYCobleskill

    Adam@SUNYCobleskill LawnSite Member
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    ok so im new to this site, i have two semesters left at school then i am starting a company...mainly focused on hardscapes. Ive been looked around this site before this post and couldnt find too much info. so i figured id ask. I have 7,000 that i plan on spending on a truck, but i dont really know what i should get, i think i am going to try to stay away from getting a dump for now... any suggestions on what i should get would be greatly appreciated.
    -Adam
     
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If your main focus is on hardscapes a dump is almost a must. There are a couple of things you must ask yourself.
    1) How do you plan on getting rid of your excavated materials (spoils)?
    2) How do you plan on getting materials to the jobsite? Supplier delivery is an option, but what if you need a couple extra yards of stone or worse, a couple too much?
    It's much easier to work from the back of a dump truck than it is a pile. I am assuming you will not have a skid loader or tractor right off the bat.
    If you do some investigating, I think you can find a fairly decent dump for around $7K

    Chris
     
  3. Adam@SUNYCobleskill

    Adam@SUNYCobleskill LawnSite Member
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    what i am trying to do is get something that will be reliable, the last thing i want to do is have to worry about putting money into a truck that could have gone towards more useful things in the business. What my initial plan was to have supplies delivered to job sites and have a F250 for tools, smaller amounts of material and waste removal. Would this work or do you still think a dump would be more efficiant.
    PS. What did you start out with chris?
    -Adam
     
  4. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My friend owns a car lot in MD - PM me for info.
     
  5. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    Adam
    I agree with big. If u already have a decent truck thats a good start. Your money would be better spent on a new dump trailer. That way u know what u have. Like others have said get major materials delivered but when u have extra or just need to pick up a little rock,sand,dirt or mulch u will already be ahead. Companies charge to deliver materials. Also u will find if u have extra material to get rid of by hand its much easier to wheelbarrow it into a trailer then up into a truck. Down the road when u have made big bucks either sell the dump trailer, or keep it, and upgrade to a 1 or 2 ton truck with hoisted bed with drop down sides.(nice for putting pallets of material in with forks)
    To buy a used truck with hoist now might be a headache. Just think if engine or drive train needed work? It could shut u down with unexpected repairs.
    This is just my opinion but i believe the right one for u. Any other questions just let me know. Glad to help!
     
  7. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 848

    Adam
    Also if u got a new dump trailer u could get one big enough to haul a skid loader in temporarily. Dont know if u have one yet or not but if u had to rent or borrow one for a job it would be easier for u.
     
  8. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We started out with an F350 dump circa 1985. We paid 5K for it and it ran solid for 2 years untill we started to have problems. By then we had enough money to buy (finance) a new dump. The trailer is a nice idea, but to get a decent one you will spend at least 3K plus the truck. Can you find a reliable truck for 4K? Maybe, maybe not. I wouldn't waste my time with it. That's just me though.

    Chris
     
  9. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pronovost is making some really nice small dump trailers, just started with them, tandem or single axle, manual dump or elect over hydraulic, road legal. small enough to pull behind a 1/2 ton truck, but big enough for most small jobs. Run about $3-4,000 depending on what options you get. I think they are on their website.
     
  10. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 848

    Adam
    Do u have a truck already? When you need to run errands it sure would be easier to unhook the dump trailer and go..........................
     

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