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Which box truck for lawn service route??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PLS-Tx, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    How many miles on your truck?
  2. f50lvr2

    f50lvr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    I'd probably go with the GMC mainly because of the gas engine and the purchase price, it'll cost you less over the long run (unless maybe we're assuming you will actually keep it to 500,000miles). The biggest advantage to the Isuzu is the turning radius.

    I bought and '07 NPR HD last year with a 13' dump body for my maintenance truck. I probably wouldn't go that route if I were doing it again. The ride is absolutely BRUTAL, it tops out at 60mph and gets 10mpg. The 5.2L diesel feels very stout but is underpowered compared to the gas engine and in my experience just as thirsty. Just my .02c
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,990

    My truck is a 2000 Chevyrolet, with the old style 5.7. It currently has 108000 miles. It doesnt leak or burn a drop of oil.

    These same cutaway are similar to what uhaul and penskee rents. They get far more weight put in them then we ever will put in them.

    Both deisel and gas burners have their advantages

    Pros of diesel is more torque and better milage and longevety.
    Cons of diesel they are expensive to maintain. Harder to find someone to work on them. Hard winter time starts. Diesel fuel now costs more than gas. They also smoke and are loud.

    Pros of gas. Less maintance, fuel systems are ecletronic for better realability. Easy do it yourself maintance. Parts eaisy to get resulting is less down time.
  4. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Wow, that's low miles for a 2000. The 04 I'm looking at has 125k.

    I haven't decided which truck I'm going to get. We may wait until about Dec. to get one.

    This way we will have the winter to get it set up the way we want it.
  5. cajunboy

    cajunboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    I have a 2004 isuzu npr 16 foot box I bought with 58000 miles almost 2 years ago. It was an Aarons rental truck prior to me purchasing it. Im in louisiana and went to georgia to pick it up. The only problem I have had with it is rust. The truck had been in ohio previously and power steering line and one of the brake lines broke on me. I guess from all the salt in the winter on the roads. It has been a great truck. I also have a 2002 Isuzu npr with a flatbed style. The enclosed is only good for lawn maintenance and hauling annual color. It sucks for landscaping. If you want to see a pic of the enclosed one, do a search on here for "trailer wrap worth the cost". Mine is the one with the wrap on the box.
  6. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Tight turning radius is a plus for sure. Although, anything would be better than the 3/4 ton truck with 8' bed and 20' enclosed trailer with an extended tongue. :dizzy:

    I need a football field to turn that rig around. I'm trying not to compare it to the current rig. I drive it but plan to have an employee drive the box truck.

    I plan to purchase a second box truck once we see how the first one works out. This is making me lean towards the GMC, $23k for two instead $42k for two.

    As far as miles I don't think we will put a lot on it, tight route. The truck I have now I have had for almost 3.5 years and it has 69k. We would put even less on a box truck.
  7. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,813

    The price on that isuzu is too high. I would focus on 03-05 npr. you should be able to find one with around 100k for 10-12k.
  8. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    ok, thanks.

    Anyone know of good places to find Isuzu's like this?

    Also, what can we expect to spent on a dovetail and ramp system?

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