working out of a pickup truck bed

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by magicmike, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. scottslawncareav

    scottslawncareav LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    i used the pressure treated fence pickets and got a like a 18" hinge it works great pulled my honda hrx out of a 350 a 250 and a blazer you could even put some angle iron on the ends if you wanted but normally when it falls off track it just slides down nice and easy.
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    in my experience i used 2 folding metal ramps. they are approximately 5' long and 12" wide. the fold in the middle. i think theyre aluminum because theyre light. Home depot sells kit for $25 i think- it is metal adapters that you nail your 2X10s onto and rest on the tailgate. good luck
  3. autoguardx

    autoguardx LawnSite Member
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  4. JT25

    JT25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I have been looking for a utility trailer to start out with this year, but after reading this thread and the other thread about working out of the back of a truck, I may just run out of the bed of my truck until I have to have a trailer!
  5. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    My Ramp
  6. scottslawncareav

    scottslawncareav LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    dont you wish they made 12' truck beds standered
  7. jonniebud

    jonniebud LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    go to a hard ware store like home depot and ask they make a bracket that mounts to a 2x8and u can cut it to length u want . cost maybe 25 bucks
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    For a 21" hand mower, many suggestions here are way overdoing the need.

    When I started, I had a 1/2T pickup, using a 21" Snapper. I just found some 1" rough sawn boards, 6" wide, laying around from another project. They worked fine for two seasons. Easy on, easy off -- no need to spend money on the need for only a 21" hand mower. Each board easily slips in the bed under the mower.

    Don't make the matter more difficult or costly than need be. Toys are fun, but getting off to an economical start is more important. If you have extra money, spend it on tools that make the work go more quickly. Expensive ramps does not make the jobs go more quickly.
  9. Paul's Green Thumb

    Paul's Green Thumb LawnSite Member
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