ZEDOSIX - what truck(s) do you use?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Zedo -

    It looks like your work is about the same size / scope of work that we target.

    I'm curious what you use for trucks.

    We have a 2001 F-650, which I bought brand new in 2001, but lately I been thinking it's way too big for what we need. I been contimplating selling it and getting maybe a 1 ton dually, with possibly a 14,000# gvw dump trailer.

    What are you useing, and do you feel it meets your needs?
  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I hope this thread gets some good responses. Right now i just have a 3/4 ton desiel truck. I need to ad another truck later this year. I keep on running different things through my head.

    I almost think that there is no perfect truck. Each company is a difference size and has different needs. Some may have muliple crews and have a dedicated truck drive. A company that has 5 crews and does 50k plus jobs will have a different need for a truck then a company with only 1 crew.

    I'll most likely end up buying something in the $20,000-$25,000 range around 26,000 gvw. I cant see myself spending 50k on a new f550!
  3. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    DVS - I'm looking at F-650's right now. What PM me with info on yours.

  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I use ford f250
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    DVS. Right now I am running a 2002 gmc 6500 with the cat motor. A 95 F450 psd. and an 07 F350 psd. I just sold and won't rebuy a 3/4 ton gas truck. I am also using a 6 ton dump trailer. Thats about the size of it. For the really large excavations I just hire my buddy with his tri-ax. It doesn't make sense to put all your men on smaller trucks and have them driving all day.
  6. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I am suprised by the number of guys that have dumps trucks and still run dump trailers. HMmmm
  7. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    We run one f-350 crew cab (foremans), 07 F350 single cab, E350 Van, a 05 F-550 Dually, International tandem axle dump tuck and a Ford L9000 tri axle dump truck.

    We do all of our own hauling of materials, that is why we have the dump trucks.

    For us it works out good, no need to wait on suppliers to ship mulch, rock, dirt, etc...
  8. PAPS Landscape Design

    PAPS Landscape Design LawnSite Member
    from us
    Messages: 81

    (1) 96 International 4900 w/16 yard grain dump 36,000 GVW
    (1) 97 Freightliner FL70 w/10 ft dump 33,000 GVW
    (1) 00 Chevy 6500 w/14 yard grain dump 25,950 GVW
    (1) 05 Chevy 4500 w/10 ft dump 18,500 GVW
    (1) 97 GMC 2500 pickup
    (1) 05 Ford F350 pickup
    (1) 96 Ford F250 pickup
    (1) 01 Ford E350 Van (spring 07)
  9. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I think a dump trailer is a great tool to have even if you have a dump. i am in the market for one right now and think that it has a lot of potential with us. i have wanted one for years but have not wanted to spend the money, they aren't cheap, trailer speaking.
  10. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    I run a Ram 2500 Diesel ex-cab with 7 ton GVW dump trailer.
    Ram 1500 for estimates.

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