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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by springman26, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. springman26

    springman26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Ok guys lets say you can only have one truck for work. You do mostly mowing solo, sometimes with a helper. You do a few yard clean ups and some light lanscaping. You only do this part time now but plan on expanding soon. What would be the best truck for you? I mean long bed, short, 1/2 ton , 3/4 ton, gas, diesel, a small dump. I'm leaning towards a small dump but don't know if I wanna ride all day while cutting lawns in a dump, hard to backup, gas etc. Whatcha think?
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    well just from my experience i started with 1/2 ton longbed gas,then when my business began to grow i moved up to 3/4 ton
    gas and will soon be moving up to 1 ton,really depends on your
    financial means,the work your planning on recieving...

    let me get some coffee i'll think of more..
  3. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    I have a 97 F-250 with a 460 Engine in it. Its an extended cab, 2 gas tanks on it, 8ft Bed, 4X4. I also work solo and love having this truck, its big enough to pull a 16 FT trailer with no problem and it can handle a 8 ft snowplow. It does have a gas engine it, the only downside is gas mileage, i get about 10 miles a gallon
  4. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    BTW i started out with a 97 Dodge 1500, it was a great all around truck, i got 160,000 miles out of it, the only problem i had was 120,000 i needed a new transmision, point is i think even 1/2 ton trucks are to small, 3/4 is the smallest i'll go now.
  5. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Springman,

    Here is a post that discussed different trucks which may be helpful.

    Comparing Trucks
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    If you're a solo operation, and what you're doing is what you described, a 1/2 ton full size pickup will do just fine. I wouldn't even THINK of a dump truck at your stage. You have absolutely no use for one. All they are is a whole lot of expense. Insurance, Plates, - everything is much more expensive on them.
  7. LocalTouch

    LocalTouch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    In my opinion I would get a 3/4 ton. 1/2 tons do not have good weight carrying capacities. Even if you dont think you will ever put a ton of topsoil, rocks, bricks, etc, in the bed, you will be suprised. Sometimes jobs just come up, ones you werent even expecting. My partner has a 1/2 ton, I have a 3/4 ton, and if we are doing any type of hauling, or pulling the trailer, we use my truck. His sags down, and I also think you may look a bit more professional with a larger truck. Even if the 3/4 is a bit of an overkill for you now, its better knowing you have it then originally getting the 1/2 ton, and wishing you had the 3/4 for the lawn you are going to install, and are carring a yard and a half of topsoil.
  8. lawn perfection

    lawn perfection LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I'm a solo, use this truck for personal use and work. Love it my next one will be crew cab.

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  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Nice set up Duke!
    Have a GREAT CHRISTMAS!!!!
  10. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    This is too funny. I have had many trucks in this business but have to tell you right now I have a 96' Chevy Z71 4x4 I bought new in 96'. It has 228,385 miles and still strong. Just purchased a 2001 3/4 Chevy with 26,000 .

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