Truck/Trailer Appearance

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by newguy123, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I guess I'm in tht class also. Rolling around in my dually on 22.5s.
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  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    No matter how many millions I could have. I would never have enough to spend $10,000 for wheels.
     
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Whatever a car or truck costs.

    For example a $30,000 vehicle with $10,000 wheels is still a $30,000 vehicle.
     
  4. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I continually preach offering other services; diversify. There's a lot of money in the landscape/other services side of property maintenance.
     
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have bought my share of rims and tires in my life and I have no idea what $10,000 dollar wheels look like. My big trucks the ram 4500s I upgrade to Accoa rims on both of them at the time of purchase that was an extra $1,000 each. The stock tires cost nearly $400 each and there are 6 of them so $2,400 Plus what ever the cost was of the original steel rims before I had them upgraded so perhaps $4,000 per truck. But were talking about tires rated at 4,000 pounds each so I don't think those prices are out of line in the least.

    I want to have aluminum wheels on all my trucks and trailers and I do. The reasons is they don't rust they are lighter and they save fuel and as an added bonus they look awesome.

    As for prices of trucks and cars you would be surprised just how many people have no idea what things cost and couldn't care less. I do not know the prices of any cars you could be driving a BMW or a Mercedes or an Acura to me they are all pieces of Crap I wouldn't be caught dead in them. You like them great but get real if you think its a status symbol. I have no respect for them or their prices what so ever. And the people that drive them feel the exact same way about trucks. I have had many clients compliment me on getting a new truck in the past few years. Then they go on to guess they must of cost $30,000. Truth is they cost $65,000 each but to a car person they don't have a clue nor do they want one they just like that they are shiny and look nice in-front of their homes.

    The point is that other than men who work for a living in trades like ours that actually buy and drive trucks most of your clients have no idea what the real costs of this business are. There is no need to debate if there is a maximum amount of money you can spend on your work truck before your clients will freak because they can't tell. They also cannot tell the difference in mower prices my 2 main mowers cost $17,000 each to my clients they look just like the ones they see in home depot.
     
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    he had the money before doing tree work, weekly maintenance pays big time...you just need volume, we are up in ct so our prices are much higher then down south. but mainly the hurricane sandy, and irene and the other little ones we had were the icing on the cake for him, he went out and bought his cigarette boat, used which was still 95k then the dually to tow which was 34k used and 4 years old at the time, then the wheels then a rolex also used new the watch is like 30k-40k he picked his up for 15k i think. then maintaining the boat for a few years. But he takes the watch off for doing estimates, that might turn people off and cost him jobs, but showing up in his dually has little to no effect. doing tree work if you don't know how could cost you your life, best to stick to doing what you can do safely. and about having disposable income that comes down charging enough to pay for your expenses, and leave money left for profit, which my buddy did very well. he also didn't buy anything at all for 6 years. he's the kinda guy who's equipment is constantly breaking or broken, rakes worn out and cracked, string trimmer needing replacing and he won't spend the money, but that's why he has so much he uses stuff way beyond needing to replaced.
     
  7. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You are dead on about that. Most have no clue how much stuff cost, and to them it doesn't really matter, they care that you show up as agreed, and do the job as agreed. That's honestly about it. you could drive a honda civic towing a 5x10 trailer with a few push mowers and if the lawn was cut each week before the customer got home i doubt they would care....as long as it looked good.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Customers are not my business advisors.
     
  9. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    My guess is the guy driving the brand new bone stock F350 toting around nice reliable equipment, as well as the guy with the clean OBS Powerstroke and clean older but reliable equipment will be in business a hell of a lot longer then the guy with the brand new F-TeenThousand ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8P5vGcf-NU&feature=kp ) with ten thousand dollar rims but won't spend $300 on a damn line trimmer. Jus sayin.
     
  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Damn, learn the what the hell you are talking about before you post.

    When you buy $10,000 wheels they come with the 5" long pointy and sharp lug nuts. You do not need an edger. Those lug nuts edge the lawn when you drive close to the curb. Everyone now about those $10,000 wheel and lug nuts.

    Are you feeling embarrassed now for you saying that he should waste $300 and buy a edger that he has no need for? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     

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