How many of you use box trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by The landscaper, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Just looking for advantages and disadvantages of using box trucks. I found a pretty good deal on one and thought i mihgt take a look at it.

    What size do you guys use as well?
  2. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    anybody? ? ?
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Sorry I can't help but I have been considering going to a box truck as well but I don't see myself making the step in that direction.
  4. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    22,000 GVW

    Big ramp on back.

    Seats 6 men, totes 2 ZTRs, WB, 2 push mowers, 4 trimmers, 4 spare tires, etc.

    22' Van body, 18' flat and 4' dove tail.

    Tows 12,000 lbs easy.

    Yup, ITS BIG!!!!

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    You basically have a one use truck wh=ith a box truck. You can't haul dirt, nor can you plow. Now if those things don't matter, or the labor/motion saving is so great that a box truck makjes sense to park all winter, go for it...They are rolling billboards for work and all self contained. Just don't have one installed on the wrong brand truck, because if it goes on a Ford F series, it will be downed more when the transmission goes out and you can't get your equipment to the jobs....
  6. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Plowing is bad news for a truck so I only use old trucks (Carter/Reagan/Bush Sr.) era to plow with.

    Have cabover Fuso with open body for dirt, etc.

    Keep a flat trailer for other tows.

  7. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403
    We have been using two box trucks( 14 footers) since '90 for our mowing crews. We can fit 3 "52 scag w/b's,a 36 and a 21" with some room left over,all run straight in,no jockeying for position or we run a 52' rider,two 52' w/b's and a 21" with the blowers,trimmers etc. on shelves or racks.No wheelwells or fuel lines in the box a must.We have hauled mulch,flowers etc. in theses trucks and they work for us plus pull down the door and lock it and it will slow down the thief.
    We do not have the SLT trucks,we made our own. Only found the site a couple of years ago. The box trucks are dedicated vehicles but you will find that every distant relative will want to use it to move some furniture some where down the road.
    One other thing, they do not fit thru drive thru's :nono:
    One last thing is that they are very easy to drive and manuever in and out of driveways.
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    We don't pull trailers any more. If you are serious in this business you will probably have some sort of truck w/ a landscape bed/box.
  9. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Do you have any pictures of your Dodge 3500 with the landscape bed?
  10. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Going from a truck hauling a trailer to an enclosed box setup is like switching from a belt mower to a hydro. Yes I've had both! The advantages go on and on.

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