Proper size of Truck

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by BoHog1634, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. BoHog1634

    BoHog1634 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 33

    I am currently on the lookout for a decent used truck that may be used for a future fertilizer and pesticide business. I am curious as to what type of truck is best. Basically, I would like to find out if a 1/2 ton is sufficient or if I would be better off with a 3/4 ton truck. I know a lot may go into this decision, but I would appreciate any feedback and opinions.

  2. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Mine weighs 2.5 tons .

    I drive F150 s , always have .
  3. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    I use a 1979 1 ton Ford flatbed for my fertilizer applications. I go to my suppliers and buy fertilizer by the pallet (1 ton). If you plan on doing any large scale application work, I'd recommend at least a 3/4 ton truck.
  4. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 633

    I've got 1/2 tons, 3/4 tons, and 1 tons, for operating efficiency and ability for handling weight and equipment well the 3/4's are excellent. Use to use the 1 tons but now only use them for hauling materials and aeration equipment. 1/2 tons are great for light duty , service calls, estimates and so far or small routes.
  5. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 707

    my feeling is if you're going to have one truck...bigger is better. To buy a smaller truck like a 1/2 ton you will most likely be overloading it and its life may be cut shorter than you'd like.

    also a bigger truck (3/4-1 ton) will give you the insentive to sell...if you know you have the proper tools you'll be more likely to take on more work?
  6. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    1/2 tons are good for grocery getters. If you are gonna work with it get 3/4 ton or better.
  7. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    They are right
    Go 3/4 ton .
    A few more $ , but may come an handy .

    I'm in pest control and 1/2 ton is all I need .
  8. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    I use a 3/4 ton van for my service vehicle. I like the enclosed tank and my fert and equipment stays dry when it rains.

    It also has a class 3 hitch so I can mount a platform or tow a trailer if I need extra hauling capacity.
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    IMHO anything less than a 3/4 ton is a car with more room to haul light stuff in. Isuzu Cab Over NPR to me is the perfect truck for work. They turn on a dime and can hold or haul more weight than a one ton. They get 15 MPG empty or full and insurance is about the same as a 3/4 ton. I also like the 25 MPG I get from a small compact support truck that is also my Grocery Getter.
  10. BoHog1634

    BoHog1634 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 33

    Thanks for all the replies and advice!! I was kinda leaning toward a 3/4 ton, and your replies confirm this.

    Now, for the real important question.....which is better, Ford or Chevy????.......Just kidding.

    Thanks again,

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