What kinds of work

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DieselOnly, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. DieselOnly

    DieselOnly LawnSite Member
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    Sorry if this is in the wrong place, couldn't find any place that seemed more appropriate.

    There's an '01 Dodge 1 ton dually dump truck near me for an excellent price. My question is, what kinds of work in the landscaping business for a 1 ton dump? I was thinking mulching, pattios, driveways, and other things of the such. What kind of demand is there for these kinds of things? What kinds of licenses and such would I need to operate legally. Being a 1 ton, it should be under CDL, but since it is driving for hire, I don't know.

    Thanks.
     
  2. DieselOnly

    DieselOnly LawnSite Member
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    I should also add that I am 16 years old, and would like to get started next year. Maybe see if I can get an after-school job this fall after I get my license (at least August, going to wait until October), and save up enough money for a used mower and weedeater. If anyone can give me direction, please do.
     
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    depending on the aspects of the business you were in, dictates the equiptment you purchase, some consider paving landscapeing and I'm sure it can be, as in driveways,

    simple lawn care this much truck would go to waste..
     
  4. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm going to say this.

    If you don't know what kind of work you would have for it. DON'T BUY IT.
    If you don't have work for the truck you shouldn't be buying it.

    That's like going out and spending tons of cash on a space suit just in case you ever get randomly called by NASA to go on a mission.

    Not trying to be mean here, but if you don't have work for it you shouldn't spend on it.
     
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you are serious about doing landscape work this truck could be perfect for you. If you will be mowing the dumpbox will be great to throw grass in the back of (easy unloading). Also for fall clean-ups, you could put a truck loader on it have a great leaf truck. Delivering mulch would be almost perfect for that truck. But don't get in over your head and spend loads of money on it, when you might not use it. BTW what is the asking price?
     
  6. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    and what kind of shape is it in? You got to keep in mind it is more than a regular truck you got all the hydraulic systems and all, PLUS insurance, you may need a special license to drive it, once you go over a certain weight, the list goes on and on. Start with a truck and trailer and go from there. Like CAT was saying, I would start with something else, that is something you buy when you know you will need it non stop. Fuel is going to eat you alive I am sure.

    16? I am not bashing your age, but... unless you are homeschooled or something that truck will probably be sitting too long to make good money off of it due to school and all and then you got to get through this fall and winter too.

    Good luck.
     
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't think you'll need a CDL or any other license since it is only a 1 ton 3500, it will be the same as driving a dually pick-up except with a dump box.
     
  8. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    the dump box is what has me questioning. You may be right but he should definitely check it out.
     
  9. DieselOnly

    DieselOnly LawnSite Member
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    Dumpbox shouldn't put it in CDL range, weight definently doesn't, but driving for hire might.

    Asking price is 4-5000, it's in what appears to be perfect condition. It's a STEAL! As for wether I have a use for it or not, I can use it for personal use anyways, but, it could be good for getting into something like landscaping with. My only problem with landscaping is all the local big name companies. There's at least 2-3 huge ones locally here.

    Mowerbrad, that was exactly my thought process. Could make for easy composting too.

    As for sitting too much to make money, it'd see more use than just work.

    How does this sound as for services:
    Mowing
    Rototilling Gardens
    Spring Clean up
    Fall clean up
    Patios
    Retaining walls
    Mulching
    Driveway resurfacing (gravel/dirt)

    Any ideas on how to get around the big companies that have multiple multi-person crews? Or should I just find some other thing to do?

    Thanks for the tips and ideas.
     
  10. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    don't pay any attention to them. Customer are looking for two things, price and service. The big companies might have the price but service is usually nowhere to be found. Take care of your customers, price accordingly, and you should be good to go.

    Now your talking... hold on I will PM you.

    OH, and where did you get your name?
     

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