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Michigan LCO's

Discussion in 'Network: Central' started by tiedeman, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. danv

    danv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    my guess is the ramps act like a tailgate
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    Hey man I think it is a good idea. There are several companies here in the Grand Rapids area that are doing it and have been for a long time, with smallish cab-over trucks with a large flatbed and tailgate combo. I often look at them and think "dang I wish I had one of those". Yours is basically just a smaller version. It would be pretty cool to fab up some trimmer traps that will fit into the tie down pockets that are located in the top of the bed rails. Good luck.
  3. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    Ramp is hinged at the back of the truck and folds up, in half, and locks in place. I will post some finished pictures later tonight. Now I just need to make some more trimmer racks blower racks and this will be ready to roll.
  4. Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    If anybody needs a 61 inch ztr I have a good used one for sale

    337 hrs. Bobcat asking 5500 or best offer.

    I have a F-350 with a gate close to M and S Lawn care on a truck and it's the only way to go. So much easier that pulling a trailer around, plus you don't have to teach employees how to drive with a trailer on. Also saves on repairs and maintenance. Less tires.
  5. LawncareAmericaLLC

    LawncareAmericaLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Hey m & s Now i know who you are. You guys bought one of my 8.5 western from me last winter. How did that work for you guys? Good idea about the truck but what do you do when you have to bag someone or do a clean-up or do you have a another truck? Also i think your gvw will be way over and that can be a big ticket now adays. let me know
  6. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    wow seems like i missed alot just in two days! looks pretty cool mike, hope to see it on the road soon! Just broke ground on my new website, Should be up in a few weeks or so if we don't hit too many potholes!! have a great wednesday!
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,511

    There appears to be a few people concerned with the weight issue. What is the max GVW of the truck and what does that mower and the three of you weigh? I bet you are under the GVW but not by much.
  8. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    Haha! Small world. Love that plow, it is big and beefy. I have it mounted on Superior L & L's old Chevy 2500, that rig is a plowing machine... well... it will be with a rebuilt tranny. Still have that salter for sale? PM me with details. I'm going to have the thing sandblasted and then re-paint it just to keep it looking nice and to prolong it's life. It's a little rusty, but solid.

    As for bagging and clean-ups, There's room for two trash cans which will handle our "weekly bagging". Once fall hits we'll pull the trailer around with the collection systems and truck loaders. This is mostly just for weekly maintenance, aerations, and hauling the ATV around in the winter for some of our accounts.

    The max GVWR for the truck is 6500 lbs, the truck is about 4700, 800 for the mower, and 500 for three guys (Most of the time there will be two now, things are slowing down a little). That adds up to 6000 lbs. So.. we can squeeze by. This truck wont die either, we keep saying we're going to get rid of it but it keeps on working.

    We now have the 52" ZTR in the back. Within the next few days I'll fab up some racks for trimmers and blowers. Pics to come soon.
  9. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    Here's two shots of the almost finished ramp and the latch.


  10. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163


    I saw your F350 parked out in front of a lawn in East GR a few weeks ago, that thing is quite the set up. I have to admit I was a little jealous. Good Work!

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