What should my 2nd hardscaping truck be?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mrusk, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Intl 4700. great truck and maintained properly will run for 300-400k before a rebuild (dt466 wetsleeve motor)
    look into a swap loader for your purposes. you can have a flat bed and when needed hook up the demo bed and drop it on site for any debris that needs to be hauled out. if I was gonna do it again, thats what I would do. I am seriously considering retro fitting my truck with a swap loader for that purpose.
    I paid 25k for mine with 140k on it and all new bed, hydrolics, tool box etc.

    http://www.danisi.com/swaploader.html
     
  2. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
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    I just can't see spending the money for the hooklift. I can call and have a tri axle drop my material off within an hour. It does not make sense for me to do my own deliveries. It doesn't pencil out.

    Matt
     
  4. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    So then what do you want?:confused: You don't want a dump, box, flatbed, or hooklift.:dizzy: :dizzy: So go get a pickup if you don't want the above. I think you may not really need the second truck.
     
  5. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
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    My hardscaping truck is an f-550 with an 11 ft. utility body. The only thing I'd change is having it be a dump/utility. I agree with the logic as far as having things delivered, figure time(at a premium), fuel(need I say more) and the possiblity of multiple trips is it's a large job and deliveries make sense. Most of the time, I can't see wasting a trip to a job and going empty, base, sand, or if I had it delivered and its not enough or is too much it's nice to have a way to handle it. We have several trucks, but again we get into the wasted trip thing, if I need a 1/2 yard of sand for example why would I want to pay for delivery. You can say "if" all you want, things happen, people change their minds about things and having the option to dump if you need to is nice or should I say would be nice.
     
  6. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
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    the dodge truck is that 4 doors or just a regular?

    your 3/4 ton dodge truck (4 door would be nice for the crew and personal use),enclosed trailer,tilt deck equipment trailer,skid steer (bucket and forks) and a backhoe attachment would be a nice small set up.
     
  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    My dodge is a reg cab. I have the dodge, a 18x8 haulmark enclosed trailer, a belmont 18 ft 12 k gvw skid steer trailer, and the cat 246.
    I want the 2nd truck so i can send the crew to the job site in the morning alone when i have other stuff to do. I always want the my guys to have a truck on the jobsite whether i am there or not.

    Matt
     
  8. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get another pickup?? I'm still not certain what exactly it is your lookin for.
     
  9. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
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    maybe you just need an older 3/4 ton,then let them drive the pi$$ out of it like most employees do.

    its cheap,they get their own truck,and you get yours all to yourself again.
     
  10. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    Then just go get another cc 3/4 pickup. Or get a cc dump.
     

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