What’s the best lawn care work truck to buy?

Getting the right landscape truck for your needs is something you may need to fine tune over time. Some trucks tend to be purchased over others for various reasons but if you are looking to just start up your lawn care business and are trying to do it on the cheap, here are a few suggestions from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you get on the right track.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am planning on buying a used landscape truck to start mowing some lawns part time. What truck would you I get? What did you guys start out with and how long did it take to upgrade?

For now I would be hauling everything in the truck without a trailer and that would include a 52” lawn mower, a back pack leaf blower, a trimmer, and maybe 1 employee. I want something that won’t be overtaxed when it hauling this equipment. I have been considering buying a crew cab because I also have 1yr old child. Just in case she needs to ride with me when my wife is out working it may be safer to have a back seat. I was looking to spend around $3,000 and eventually I would like to also perform some snow  plowing with it.”

A second lawn care business owner said “with the price of gas nowadays , I’d go with the smallest vehicle you can comfortably work with. I know a guy who uses a small foreign SUV that doubles as a family car after work. He tows a 5×8 trailer with it.

I’m using a Chevy 1500 4×4 extended cab because that’s what I had before I started my business. When I was starting out, it simply made since to use what I already had as I didn’t have the money to buy anything else.”

A third business owner said “I hate using extended cabs for landscape trucks unless you get the long box but then that brings with it parking issue. A regular cab doesn’t handle a baby seat well though.

I am currently driving a 98 long bed pickup with a 350 engine. It is in very good shape and does well on gas. It pulls awesome, has about 120,000 miles on it. I bought it used in nice shape for $5,000.00. I’d figure with a budget of $3000.00 you should be able to buy a nice truck as many people are dumping them due to gas prices.

Something to consider though is why not get a flatbed landscape trailer to haul your equipment. Do you know how much of a pain in the butt it would be to load up and unload a 52″ mower into a pickup bed? You might want to do that once when you buy it initially to transport it but that is going to get annoying really quickly when you go from customer to customer.

A small landscape trailer would work out a lot better for you and they don’t cost much at all. Especially if you can find them local and used.

When it comes to snow plowing, I prefer a single cab pickup bed. A short bed can be beneficial as it is shorter and can maneuver in and out of parking lots a lot easier than a long bed or even worse a crew cab long bed.

As you get into this more and more you will see what I mean and probably go through a bunch of different trucks experimenting to find what works best for you.

If you plan on hauling heavy loads of landscape materials to jobs, you are going to want a bigger engine than the 350. But if that is not going to be an issue, the 350 hp engine should be fine.”

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