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School me on sweeper trucks.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chris_NC06, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,826

    I'm looking to start offering parking lot and road sweeping for commercial and HOA properties. With that said I'm not looking to throw tons of cash at a truck, and need to know what things commonly go wrong with these type trucks. I've been looking at the truck I've linked to('07 GMC w4500 w/Schware S347 sweeper unit) for about a month now. It's got roughly 225k on the odometer, and it's a 5.2 Isuzu I-4 diesel. It appears to be a little rough exterior wise, but it's by far the cheapest truck of it's kind that I have come across. So, would you take a risk on it? Keep in mind the truck is in NJ and I am in NC, so I haven't seen it in person. Let me know your thoughts on it.
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  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    If your trying to get into it with a small budget, that might be the way to go until you build enough work for it. Nothing worse than dropping money on a piece of equipment and then years later still not having enough work to justify it.

    We picked up a slide in unit for one of our trucks with the idea that we would use it to build a route, then once demand justified it, we would buy a new dedicated sweeper truck such as the one you posted (but new/newer). We never built up another work to do so. Now the slide in unit gets used maybe 12 times a year. When Other small sweeping contractors we know have a piece of equipment go down or fall behind schedule and sub us to help out.

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