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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fastcat, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. verygreen

    verygreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I would use my Hombre 4 cyl. 5sp. for the around town chem route. I used this for 5 years. 20mpg, easy to maneuver. Most clients appreciated me appearing to be frugal. They didn't know about the boat, camper, atv...
    I laughed all the way to the bank with this setup

  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,157

    I like the way you think on the truck, no need to let the customer think they could save a few bucks by getting the next guy that has a plain work truck and not the big fancy F250 with chrome wheels. I would rather my work truck be just that a work truck and then be able to have a nicer car for my personal vehical that's not always dirty or covered in grass.
  3. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    +1 on keeping the image humble. For some reason it pisses people off if their lawn guy is driving a nicer vehicle to work than they are, lol. It shouldn't affect things IMO, but I guess they don't feel bad about dropping you if you're driving a 50K truck to mow lawns with.

  4. verygreen

    verygreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I have since retired, I made good money for many years. The lawns I serviced were among the finest in our area.
    In this industry, green always looks better than chrome
  5. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    yeah, you may as well pull up in a ferrari to give an estimate.most of the complaints I hear from people about their last company are sometimes followed by; "...and he drives around a ($xxK) Truck!!"

    (It'll be a bit awkward if I ever get a new truck, I'll have to tell em I got it from a police impound or something lol)
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,157

    Most people wouldn't really think to much of a new work truck as they would over a new truck with chrome trim, leather seats, lift kit and chrome wheels. If I hired someone to come to my home to do a service I would think I was overpaying if someone showed up in a decked out pickup even if they were in line with the current market.
  7. cleankutlawnmaintenance

    cleankutlawnmaintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Im not going to lie, I just broke down and bought me one of them jacked up trucks with chrome wheels. haha. Not too fancy. 2004 F150 Lariat with a lift and chrome wheels with oversized nittos. It stands out, but does not look over the top.

    Couldnt take it anymore.....i pulled a trailer with a suv until i blew the engine on it!!!!:cool2: ......after that, there was no middle of the road truck for me. Had to get one I had been wanting for many years!!.......

    Wish I had the boat, atv, and camper though. Havent been that lucky though. Just lucky enough to get the bills paid and have a woman that will cook dinner for me everynight! Cant complain! haha.
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I think the truck image all comes down to the markets you are targetting. I see the pics many people post and soe of my customers would not want there neighbors seeing your truck parked out front or pulling into there service driveway. Nothing against you guys dont take me wrong, the homeowners I deal with are the stuck up a$$ holes.

    by the way I have been strongly considering the new 3500 HD Denali pickups
  9. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    The other issue that no one seems to have brought up is the fact that you have to factor in the initial cost of the truck along with the added insurance, maintenance, repairs, etc. I know that in some places in the country you don't pay much for insurance, but out here in sue happy, high liability Vegas, I'm paying over $100/month per truck for good insurance.

    Granted, you could probably get a 90s Ranger for a few grand at most, but all those additional expenses to probably only get a few extra mpgs at most, I think the Ranger would die on your before you manage to break even on fuel savings. Unless you really need a second truck, I think I'd drive that much more capable Duramax a long time before picking up a Ranger. Just something to consider.
  10. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    i have also thought about putting a programmer on the duramax to help with mpg's.

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