More Truck questions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by sbecker, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. sbecker

    sbecker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    What is everbodys opinion of cab over design vs conventional cab design. I have never driven a cab over design. Just how much better visibility do you get in one. Any other advantages/disadvantages? Thanks
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    I just picked up a UD 1800 cab over. One of the BEST investments I have ever made.Visibility and turning radius are phenomenal. Also I have air over hydraulic brakes. Takes some getting used to, but you will love it when you have a full load in! The 18,000 GVW has a 6 cylinder turbo diesel, putting out around 225 horse. I would highly recommend test driving one, to ANYONE in the market. As far as bad things, Hmmm.. just takes a little getting used to getting in and out of. Since you sit above the wheels, you have to get in over a hump. Driver has to get in using his left leg, and passenger using his right leg. Sounds confusing, but you will see what I am talking about. On a scale of 1-10, it definitely gets my 10 hands down.
  3. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Back in the late 50's and early 60's Dodge made a pickup that looked like a van with a bed. They called it the A100. Anyway, it was a cab-over pickup, kind of. You actually sat slightly in front of and along beside the motor. I always thought that would be a great plow truck. You would be able to see the whole plow while you were driving, and because the wheels are partly behind you with such a short wheel base, you could be in and out of a yard in no time. It would be just the same as driving a cargo van that had an open bed. Someday...
  4. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 476

    I have a Chevy w-4 which is the same as the Isuzu. I love the Truck. Had it for 5 years now and wonder how I got along without it. It turns on a dime, hauls everything I throw at it and is really easy to drive. My wife likes to drive it!! For plowing, look at the Mitsubishi, they have a 4wd model. If you get this type of truck, you can't go wrong and they cost as much as a 1/2 ton pickup.

  5. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    I'm on my 2nd cabover and like Paponte said, once you get used to getting in and out you'll love it. Mine has a 10' bed, an I-pack box behind the cab and can still turn around in a cul-de-sac with a 16' trailer.

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