Cabover Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MWM, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. MWM

    MWM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I have a chance to buy a cabover truck with a landscaper bed for a good price. Does anyone currently run one of these? If so how do you like it? I like the fact that no trailer is needed. It is a 2003 Isuzu NPR. It has the 5.7L gas engine, auto transmission, a/c, and a 12' bed w/ 4' beavertail.
  2. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    You'd be better off w/a diesel.

    But she still sounds like a sweet truck.

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  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    paponte has had one for some time. I believe he likes them
  4. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    from all i know who have them i have heard rants and raves. it is not my personal thing...i would rather run a regular pickup.

    i would for sure go with diesel though.
  5. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    We are slowly switching all the trucks to cab over mitsu's better milage, last longer
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I'm guessing those that use them are loading and unloading everyday? I just can't see that.

    And that 4' beavertail seems like a wasted space. Don't they say not to load anything on them? Or am I wrong on that?.

    Maybe I'm just missing something about these set ups.
  7. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    You will not regret getting one. LOVE ours! :D We get lots of use out ot it. Hauling mowers in the summer, landscaping equipment in the winter.

  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    I am going to seriously consider on with a dump body on it next year. Turning ratio is great and I have heard they are great all around trucks.
  9. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,430

    I think you're on the right track with the Isuzu cab-over truck idea. Depending on what you want to do. A cab-over box truck like mine might serve you better. If you do a search for "my cuttin' rig" you'll find a bunch of pictures of it. Like Gogetter said, you'll probably have to load an open bed truck every morning, and then have to unload it at the end of the day. With a box truck, you'll never have to worry about that kind of stuff. You also won't have to worry about the beavertail problem he mentioned. On top of all of that, you can still haul a tractor like the one Avery has pictured if you have a Handy Ramp system on the back of your truck. If you have any questions that I can help you with, let me know. My personal opinion is that open bed trucks are much more efficient than box trucks when used for landscaping, and box trucks like mine make much better cutting rigs. You can see more posts about this topic under the "Landscaper, or Vanscaper post in the "Truck, and Trailer" forum.


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