Upgrading To Isuzu Npr's

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc

    B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Hey guys i am looking to scale back on my pickups and trailers and go to the isuzu or gmc diesels with the landscaping/lawn bodies or the box truck with ramp gates. I have been looking a them for a couple of years. I like the truck that the superlawn truck guys build. Do any of you use the bigger rigs and give me some pros and cons if there are any.

    thanks
     
  2. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I use a NPR crewcab. Diesel with the auto trans. Just finished our 3rd season with it. We have a dump bed on it and pull a 16 ft trailer. Its been a very reliable truck. Have had zero problems with it.
     
  3. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    We are in the same process. One footnote of the Isuzu's, we elected to go with the NQR rather then the NPR. You can carry more and the cost is not that much different. In fact I have been emailing SuperLawn Trucks about one just yesterday. I am going with a 20' box. There will be a 200 gallon split sprayer in the box up front with irrigation storage above that. The Honda engine, pump and Hanley Hose reel will be mounted on the right side behind the cab and under the box. I am going to use this for the areas that are the farthest away. It will have everything they need and will be our "Estate Management Team". 3 People.
     
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Most guys here just use them as dump trucks and haul a trailer behind them. Have seen Mitsufuso's as well and a couple UD's. My old Matco salesman told me the GMC fowards/Isuzu NPR's aren't cheap to fix but run a long time without much maintence needed.
     
  5. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We have been looking at getting a used Isuzu or Mitsubishi box truck. We are going to use this truck for lawn maintenance and planting. We are going with the box for security and the fact that we will not have to load/unload everyday. If you are going to be using the truck for landscaping I would get the NQR because it will allow you to haul more material and tow a trailer at the same time.
     
  6. B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc

    B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Hey Adam,
    I was wondering if you service the Oneonta and Cleveland area. I do. Thought i might have seen you. Maybe we could talk sometime and help each other out. I have been servicing that area for only 3 years so it is fairly new to me. Wouldn't want to step on your toes trying to get customers.
     
  7. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 647

    whats the price on the Super Lawn Trucks?
     
  8. B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc

    B&B Lndscpng & Lwn Srvc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    splatz, The one i priced like i wanted was $50,000. I could take off a few extras and get is for about 45 to 48k. Look up superlawntrucks and there program lets you build the truck like you want and then price it.
     
  9. MSYardman

    MSYardman LawnSite Member
    from MS & LA
    Posts: 62

    I'm going to be selling a couple of them soon.

    They are not SuperLawnTrucks. Both are Isuzu NPR with enclosed boxes. Manual ramp gates on the back with dovetails.

    2003 with 70,000 miles. 18' + 4' dovetail.

    2004 with 45,000 miles. 16' + 4' dovetail.

    I need to find out what they are worth. I've haven't been successful in finding a "blue book" for the trucks. My local dealer has not been helpful either.

    I'll post more when I decide on the asking price.
     
  10. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    B&B Landscaping,
    We do some work in the Hayden area, but we mostly work in Birmingham and Trussville. We will probably get some new accounts next year near Greystone. Do you mainly cut large properties and are you mostly residential? Currently we mostly cut residentials and a few commercials. We would like to cut more commercial properties and mid-sized residentials.
     

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