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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Compton, May 6, 2006.

  1. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Oh, purchase the heaviest suspension truck you can afford.
    An SUV/half ton truck isn't equipped for extended towing.
    The problem is accelerated wear on the entire vehicle - really nails you on resel value as a mechanic can/should spot the signs of use.
    Also, use a good quality seat cover. I shampoo the seats once a month and the seat covers are removed and washed once every two weeks. This process greatly helps on odor control in the trucks.
    Make sure you have an oversized trans cooler if running an auto, although I prefer a manual. Overall easier on the vehicle when towing.
  2. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    In my opinion if you aren't going to plow, get a cab over. Otherwise I think fords are the best. Opt for the 350 rather then the 250. Although dodges look nice I don't like thier reliability. Chevys are good too, but for plowing I would stick with the ford. If comfort is more important go with the chevy. Whatever you get make sure you have enough power and payload. If you plow get the low gears for the rear end and a limited slip. Deisel also if you can afford it.
  3. dtelawncare

    dtelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 227

    I run an 05 Tundra. So far it has been great overall. Has plenty of power, I average about 15 mpg. It never gets used without it pulling or hauling something. It has the V8 with towing package which includes the trans cooler. Only thing I dislike is the 05 and 06 Tundra has rear drum brakes. 07 model will be disc all the way around. I have loved the truck, but I have started to look for a 3/4 ton to replace it. I want to take my bisiness a little different direction and will need the bigger truck to haul larger equip.
  4. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    Listen, my decal guy said if I wanted I could put the decals on myself it was very easy. Mind you my decals were straight lettering and digits, my phone number for instance is almost 5 ft long on the box, but I watched HIM put them on because I was a hesitant. IT turns out they are already laid out on a stickey sheet and they just eye them up with out tools... rub out any air and pull off the stickey sheet leaving the letters on. It was very fast and efficient and actually look great.
    I'm considering buying a decal cutter.... maybe maybe not.
  5. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    96 s10 use it for everything...pull a 6x10 everyday a 6x12 and a 6x14 sometimes...but love it...plus gets good gas mile.age
  6. rustyb265

    rustyb265 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67


    Dont buy one then. I like mine. I assume you are talking about the past tranny problem that every other ignorant person still remembers. The tranny's are all new and much stronger now. New Dodges really hold up.
  7. CBramble

    CBramble LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I have no intention of buying one. Got me a Chevy. Has 141,00 miles on her and still running good...:clapping:

    Messages: 55

    My dad has a 2002 Dodge ram 1500 quad cab with nearley 200,000 miles. Not one problem.
  9. lawnrangeralaska

    lawnrangeralaska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    newer trucks are better, but the chevys seems to be the better older truck if you have to go that route.
  10. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    97 ford ranger 2.3l 5sp
    94 chevy s-10 ext cab 5.7l auto
    95 chevy 1500 5.7l auto
    90 chevy 1500 5.7l auto 4x4 (selling)
    91 chevy 2500 6.2dsl auto 4x4 (scrapping)
    06 Ford F-550 crew 6.0 psd 6sp 4x4 (8'x12' dump bed)

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