Everyone wants bigger, better, stronger, faster. This applies to landscape trucks as well. But before you go out and spend thousands of dollars on a new truck, you really need to think about what you need and why you need it. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are many options available to you. Another factor to consider is, when you buy can effect the amount you have to pay for it. So a little foresight and planning on your part can be very helpful.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I need a bigger truck for landscaping and snow removal. I been watching prices and they tend to vary. My budget is pretty small. I am thinking from $3,500 to $6,000. I haven’t looked at any in that price range yet so I couldn’t tell you about the condition such trucks would be in. At max, I would spend $8,000 for a truck and a snow plow. I have seen a lot of trucks in my area coming with snow plow but not many come with sanders which would be helpful as well.
I found a 25 year old dump truck that has been used to plow I know they are heavy duty but at the same time there is a lot of abuse of it and age. A few that I have seen lately that were for sale on the cheap had too much rust for me to feel comfortable spending that kind of money on. I want to use this truck for commercial properties only. I have a smaller truck for residential driveways but it is limited with some of the work I do all season.
I did a job today with 6 dump runs of brush and it looks like I have 6 more to do tomorrow. So I would say it was a pretty big job! After doing such a job, I’d really like to have a 8×12 bed that can carry up to 5 yards of mulch in the spring also.
In a way I lose money every time I show up to a job too big for my truck. With a dump truck I could have knocked out brush job in a day. I spent as much time driving back and forth as I did working.
I have spent $700 on delivery charges in April alone. That is money I could have saved if I had a bigger truck. I was considering getting a 3/4 ton pickup and then adding a dump insert but that seems an expensive option. I found some non dumping flatbeds for a good price but they wouldn’t help me as much as a dump truck.”
A second lawn care business owner said “I like the older trucks because they are easier to work on. Getting one without all the computer controls keeps things simple and repair work relatively easy. As far as diesels go, they are not hard to start in winter if you take some precautions. I have a diesel and at 23 mpg I save a lot on fuel and it is also easier on the motor because of all the torque it has. I live up close to Canada and it gets much colder here that it does in the rest of the country. Having a block heater helps keep the diesel ready to start. Another thing to think about when you are looking at dump trucks is, if the GVW is over 10k pounds you may need a CDL right.
Have you considered getting a truck with no dump bed that is in good shape and then one that is scrap with a good dump bed and make one out both of them. Or if you are not going to be using the truck much and you mainly need it to haul materials, why not get a dump trailer? Less cost, less insurance, no motor to have to maintain.
Now if I were in your shoes, I would look long and hard to see if I could make it through this winter with what you already have. Why? Because winter time is the wrong time of the year to be buying a truck with a snow plow. Spring is a better time for you to buy as you will get better deals.”
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