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Flat bed trucks

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kjslawn, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    How out there has one? I am thinking of hauling my mower on a flat bed truck instead of pulling a 18 foot traler to save on gas and waer and tear on truck. Looking for 12' or 14' flatbed
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    If you're looking for 12 or 14 foot flatbed, why do you need an 18' trailer?
  3. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I currently hae a 18 trailer with gas @ 4.50 a gallon I was wondering if putting mower in or on the truck would save on gas and wear and tear on truck. I would park the trailer.
  4. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    The cost of buying a flatbed, setting it up and maintaining it would be way higher than any gas savings you might experience. Why do you think it would get better gas mileage than a truck with a reasonable sized trailer?
  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,962

    well first off all there are many more benefits to a flat bed dove tail than savings gas.
    No trailer lights always going out, No hooking un hooking.
    No issues parking or backing up etc.

    Will you make/save more money with a flat bed, yes!

    Doyou need 14ft?
    I doubt it.

    I can fit 2 60" ztrs in 12'x6'
  6. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I would think that carrying a load directly over the tires of a truck would give you much better gas milage. Than hauling a 1500lb trailer also no up keep with the trailer. tires lights ,brakes ,treating wood,etc I mean there has to be a reason the big dogs have a cab over dove tail flat bed truck.
  7. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Yes I only said 14' because as a # I seen this gate that would be great for unloading ZTR or wb www.tailgateramps.com
  8. iseegreen

    iseegreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Get a trailer ! We all use em. Dont worry about gas and just get out there and work. It will take care of its self. Dont sit around and worry about a few dollars more for gas. Go get 1 more account and make up for it.
  9. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I have a trailer thats what I use.I was asking about flat bed trucks If I could save 500 a yr doing somthing different I am going to do it I am not worrying. But in Business if you dont change with the times you could die doing things the old way. Example K-Mart/ Winn- Dixie/ Ford. I always try to look at how I can save $ doing the same thing.
  10. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 724

    Exactly right, cost is king. Another way to look at it for the work harder not smarter crew. If, using your example, it costs you $500 more to run a trailer, you can't just go out and pick up another $500 account to make up for it because fuel, maintenance, etc. is all post-tax money. You would have to earn in the ballpark of $675 pre-tax to stay even.

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