Flat bed vs box.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AB Lawn Care, Oct 3, 2000.

  1. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    What are your thoughs on using a flat bed vs a box?
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I use a 16' tandem axle trailer. I installed a 50" curb side gate (at front) that I keep my 48" SCAG in. The back gate lets my DIXIE (soon to be 27hp Lazer) come off without moving another mower. My Lawnboy is in between the two. I have Trimmer trap on drivers side with Echo trimmers and edger. BP blower (Echo/LESCO) is behind scag. I back entire trailer in garage every night (just fits length wise). I have a 7.5' high garage door, so an enclosed trailer is not an option for me. Plus I can walk up to any side of my trailer and hop up and go. Or grab a tool and go. I don't lock my equipment. I live in a fairly good area, and besides thats why I have $25,000 worth of contractors tool insurance!

  3. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    Sorry I should have maby explained a bit better.I'm talking about pick-up truck boxes vs installing a flat rack or bed in place of a box.I use a trailer,I just want to know if any of you guys like/dislike using a flat bed in place of your box?
  4. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    If I had a truck i was willing to dedicate to a work truck only I would switch to a flat bed. Growing up on a farm it sure was nice to use. From what I see from the local large Landscape companies it looks like the way to go for hauling equipment.
  5. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    I have really been thinking of using flat beds in my trucks.Here is why-

    1 will take a very long time to wear out

    2 will not rust out like a box will

    3 cheaper that getting a body job on your box every 5 years,or ever 3 years up here in canada!

    4 it can be customized to your set up.Trimmer racks,blower racks and so on.I have a blower rack on my truck box,but the blower gives my paint on the box a beeting.

    5 if you use simliar trucks you can allways use the flat bed on an other truck if your truck dies.

    Does anyone else use flat beds unstead of boxes????
  6. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    I switched my 73 chevy box in for a self made bed. the only real problem is that i can now carry only about 1/3 of the amount of grass in the back. I made the sides of my bed in such a way that i can take them off and use them as ramps to load mowers into the bed without any help. I have a trailer, but the ramps are for emergencies and to send a one man crew out on a quick job if need be and leave the trailer with the big job.

    the removable sides do help in unloading things thought. Brances take NO time whatsoever now. Ill post pics later when i get the chance.

    not sure if i helped ya at all. Sorry.

    Acute Cut
  7. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    I love my toyota flatbed. I can carry 2-21" , a 36" , trmmer and blower. Two utility boxes under the bed and in the front of the bed I have a box for up to 70 cu. foot of grass . The big plus is getting in tight drives on busy roads and other hairy spots. Also have a 82 gmc disel 4x4 that has a custom bed some built . I could put a small rider or a larger walk if i had them plus 2 21"ers etc. I put utilty boxes on this one also .
  8. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    Thanks for the replys!

    That is a neat idea for using the sides for ramps!I may just use that!

    Any one else use flat beds?

    Have any pictures????

  9. slingshot

    slingshot LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 115

    all my trucks are 8x10 or 8x12 flatbed stakebody dumps except for 1 pickup and they are duell wheel 1 tons. the flat bed is alot better than a pickup box for us. take the racks off in a min and load or unload from all sides plus you can fit alot more on the truck i will post pics soon
  10. Tim1075

    Tim1075 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Do any of you find it easier to plow with a flatbed rather than a rack body or box or some sort?

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