You should be able to get into a truck like mine, and hang a set of ramps on the back for under $20k if you look hard enough.
I love my truck setup better than my truck, and trailer setup for a lot of reasons. With this cabover, I can get into parking spots, that I never would have gotten into with my truck, and trailer. This truck is much more comfortable to drive than my truck, and trailer were. I also have a workshop (with workbench, complete fist aid kit, eyewash station, and tools) with me whenever I need it. I have a workbench, and tools. All of this is sheltered so that I can be doing things like respooling trimmer heads, or changing blades when it starts storming in the middle of one of my routes. I also like the fact that I can shut the back door, and use the restroom wherever I might need to. I love the fact that I don't havve to look for a restroom anymore. I have a lot more usable space than my 16 foot trailer had too.
I've gotten customers just because of the truck. They tell me all the time, they love having the truck sitting in front of their house, because it looks so professional. It's also a rolling billboard. It gets a lot of attention.
I've added a storage cabinet, aand other goodies since these pics were taken, and need to take some updated pics.
Needless to say. Although there's absolutely nothing wrong with a truck, and trailer. I'll never go back to using that kind of setup for a cutting rig.
Love the Set up!! I hear what you're saying on those stromy days when you get caught in them. So where did you all look for one of these set ups. I was thinking about buying a new truck with more power but I think I might just buy one of those. B/c my lil Mazda is still in great shape after 4 years it only has 38000 miles looks brand new inside and out except for one scratch on the tailgate. Anyways help me out with some websites or phone numbers if you got them handy.
First of all Mac, you can come over anytime. I'd be more than happy to show you anything about the truck you'd like to see. It would be much easier to show you the mods I made in person. The box is 16 feet long by 85 inches I believe. I'll have to measure the width of it to be sure. I can tell you this. It's wide enough to easily turn my Z around inside the truck.
Grassdaddy I'm getting about 15 to 16 mpg out of it around town, and it drives exactly the same when I have it loaded, as when it is empty. It has plenty of power on the highway too. I'll take you or Mac for a ride to show you what it drives like if you come check it out. When I romp it, it really moves out for a truck that size.
Handy Ramp makes the ramps that are on my truck MC. I did some modifications to the ramps to make them much easier in my opinion to live with in day, to day situations. I'll show you in person how to do these mods if you'd like.
The ramps are painted with a really good non-slip paint that gives excellent traction, even in wet weather Wesley. I've never slipped going up the ramps, nor going down in the rain. These ramps really are well made. There were only a couuple of things that I felt needed attention when I bought them.
I use a different truck for clean ups. One of my next purchases though will be a 14 foot dump trailer to tow behind my other truck. I feel the Isuzu is the perfect setup for cutting, and my other truck, and trailer will be the perfect setup for cleanups, and so on.
When I started my business. I wanted to use the name "A Cut Above", but there was a company in town using that name already as I found out. The next few days I brainstormed, for a name that would make people think of beautiful grass, and came up with the name "Par 5 Lawn Care". I'm incorporated, so obviously the Inc.
With the name Par 5 Lawn Care, I can offer a "Greens Keeper Package", and use other catchy names that go hand in hand with beautiful lawns. The customers love it too.
By the way. You, Mac, Jim Lewis, John Gamba, and 65 Hoss are some of the many people on here that I love reading posts from. Keep the great posts, and replies coming. Thanks for all the great info you guys give. I really do appreciate it.
Vic, cool setup looks good, nice and clean too.
Only problem i could see is I have some low bridges around my house that i'd have to make some detours....
Do you have another truck for clean ups?to haul away the stuff?
I can see haveing a box truck very handy when transporting some sensitive plants... sure beats covering it up everytime!
Yea. I sure do. I have a truck that I use for purposes, that the box truck isn't good for, but I'm working on buying a 14 foot Liberty dump trailer, so I'll have a rig that works as good on clean-ups, as this rig does on running cutting routes. It sure makes things so much easier.
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