Why Bagged Mulch is a Better Investment

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PlantscapeSolutions, Sep 18, 2010.

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  1. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    What the DOT looks at is your axle weight ratings which is not the same as your OEM GCVWR. If I were a hot shot guy towing for a living I could register my truck with DOT to tow 48K if I wanted to. DOT doesn't give a crap about the OEM GCVWR. The OEM GCVWR is simply a marketing and liability number used by manufactures. The axles on your truck and trailer dictate what you can actually tow. Different states have different regs as well. Go to one of the many different hot shot websites and your point of view will be deflated very, very quickly.

    Because the manufacturers do not know what will be towed behind your truck they have no way of telling you what you can legally tow. If I went by the OEM number I could only tow 13,850. What a load of crap. That number is so underrated it's ridiculous. According to that logic all the guys with tandem dually trailers that weight around 8K can only put about 6K on them. That would rule out towing the bigger skid steers, backhoe's and a whole lot of other stuff. See how silly your logic is starting to look.
     
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Things that make you say Hmmmmm :cool2:
     
  3. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    The only sticker on my door states axle weight ratings but does not state what you can tow. The AWR only dictates how much of the load my truck can legally hold on each axle. One restriction that does come into play in TX is the need for a CDL if your combined weight exceeds 26K.
     
  4. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can go to 36k with the right combination without a CDL.;)
     
  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    In Texas it either 24K or 26K for a CDL. This is a state law not a Fed DOT law.
     
  6. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My previous statement applies for TX as well.
     
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've been waiting sooooo long to use this.

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  8. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You forgot the " Copywrite Toby". :dancing:
     
  9. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doesn't federal law supersede all state law? That's what the keep telling me in my ADJ classes I'm taking. I don't know if it affects state and fed vehicle regulations.
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about this one.

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