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Isuzu Box trucks Like them or not?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SunState Lawn Care inc, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
    Messages: 351

    I am looking into buying a Box truck to make a Maint truck out of. I think it has all positives except the added cost of increased insurance and to me the free advertising should more then make up for that. Do any of you folks run these trucks if so how do you like them and would you go that route again?

  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,454

    Im thinking of the same thing. My insurance rate is not a factor. I alos like the cutaway chev. vans. I missed a 2004 3500 van for 9k wish I would have bought it
  3. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    I've got an Isuzu box truck with a dove tail that I work out of. I had a few concerns that I had before I bought it: 1. going up and down the ramp all day long 2.being too hot in the summer 3. filling up the mowers.

    None of these have been an issue at all!! You don't even realize that there is a ramp there. It is cooler in the box because the sun is not beating down on you. The gas hose reaches into the box to fill up the mowers.
  4. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    To those who have employees driving the dovetail setups---how often do they hit things with that tail. Most of the ones I see have a lot of overhang past the rear axle which should equal a lot of tail swing. This is my biggest fear---a trailer you can see what it's doing (they still mess up with that too, though):hammerhead:
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,613

    we have a ford lcf and love it and we also have a mitfuso crew cab, love it also. There is really no better work truck than the cab overs.
  6. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    No one has hit anything yet, but the day aint over yet!:dizzy:. It is something that you have to stress to employees who drive the truck, but it is not really an issue.

    Some of the good things about a box truck: rolling billboard, you can park in any parking spot, keeps equipment dry, a place to drain the main vein:clapping:, more professional appearance to potential customers, anyone can back it up, it turns around on a dime, no trailer lights to deal with.
  7. tedfrk

    tedfrk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    what do you do if you have leaf cleanups or need to bring landscaping supplies with you
  8. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    the major plus -es of owning a box truck--are your stuff is in the dry all the time--at the end of the day-the box can be locked which is a MAJOR plus.

    The only real minuses of owning them are if you need to grab a pallet of rock or mulch and you need access to the sides. The other thing is when you stop at a job-everyone has to get in the box and unload the mower, grab trimmers, edger, blower, etc.--as opposed to just grabbing them off the side of a trailer or open bed. So--my theory is you need a box truck with some type of side door or sliding door much like the one on the back so that everyone isn't climbing on top of each other at EVERY stop!
  9. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Our leaf clean-ups are done every two weeks for our regular customers and the leaves are either mulched or dumped on site. We rarely have one time clean-ups that we have to haul away leaves, but if we dohave to remove the leaves then we will bring a trailer. If we have a landscaping job to do then we take a truck and trailer or have the material delivered. If it is a small job and we the material will fit in the box truck then it goes in there. But this is not what the thread was originally about. It was about runnning a maintence crew out of. If you every take the plunge and buy one you will never go back.

    One other plus that I just thought of: Have you ever sat down on a mower and the seat is hotter than fire? No problemo with a box!
  10. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    We don't really have a problem with people falling over each other. We run a three man crew and here is how we normally do it. First of all we have three mowers- a ZTR at the front of the box (this one is used to bag or discharge), in the middle is another ZTR that is used to mulch with. On the back is a WB that has a mulch kit on it. If we need all three mowers we all grab a mower and take off. First one back starts trimming. If we need the WB and a ZTR then they are taken off and the person who is trimming either gets back there first and grabs a trimmer or waits for the mowers to come off. If we don't need the WB then the trimmer guy will snatch it off and wait for the riders to come off and then grab the trimmer. We work fast but I don't time everything down to the second. I have found that people will work their butts off for you if you show them that you are willing to work just as hard as they do and if you tell them that they are doing a good job every once in a while.

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