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Paineless Creations
02-13-2011, 10:24 PM
Ok I thought I would pull all the gear out of the garage today since we had some sun. After I put everything away and was looking at the pictures I noticed I had my door plaques off and my trimmers were not installed but oh well, here you go.

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jklawncare
02-13-2011, 10:31 PM
how do you like the tundra?

ive seen a few for sale around here but am kinda shaky on it knowing its a toyota

not sure about import trucks..id be using it to plow and pull so it would deffinately be unleaded

plowing with diesel isnt a good idea
ive been looking at the new silverado alot
same with some sierras and f250s

Hedgemaster
02-14-2011, 12:20 AM
Looking good there, PC!

Funny, as second place winner of the same contest, I was thinking about washing my truck today (50), but instead went shooting at the range, and my previously semi-clean truck is now covered with mud. :(

Maybe I'll show her some TLC for Valentine's day? ;)


Gonna put the chrome wheels on when warmer weather gets here. I think it would be funny to get chrome wheels for my trailer too. Or even chrome trim rings. (if they still make those - I may be showing my age)

bruces
02-14-2011, 12:39 AM
"plowing with diesel isnt a good idea " just wondering how you come to that conclusion JK ?

jklawncare
02-14-2011, 01:55 AM
"plowing with diesel isnt a good idea " just wondering how you come to that conclusion JK ?

theres a few things that push me away from diesel
the main issue

is diesel engines
are significantly heavier than unleaded trucks
so as they are good for towing..they counter balance the weight..its bad for pushing cause it puts double the stress or more on the front end of the truck.

that can cause alot of major things to go wrong
my uncle is a mechanic and i plan on going to auto vocational to become one someday if lawn mowing dosnt work out..

he told me..he has crews bring downed trucks in all the time cause they run with diesel..

its the stress they undergo in the front. also..diesel can be hard to manage in the winter if you dont run the truck often..since its part water in the fuel..dosnt make a difference often but my neighbor has had his diesel parked for some time over winter and he tried running it and it wouldnt..

picframer
02-14-2011, 05:25 AM
theres a few things that push me away from diesel
the main issue

is diesel engines
are significantly heavier than unleaded trucks
so as they are good for towing..they counter balance the weight..its bad for pushing cause it puts double the stress or more on the front end of the truck.

that can cause alot of major things to go wrong
my uncle is a mechanic and i plan on going to auto vocational to become one someday if lawn mowing dosnt work out..

he told me..he has crews bring downed trucks in all the time cause they run with diesel..

its the stress they undergo in the front. also..diesel can be hard to manage in the winter if you dont run the truck often..since its part water in the fuel..dosnt make a difference often but my neighbor has had his diesel parked for some time over winter and he tried running it and it wouldnt..

I would encourage you to do a little research on Diesel vs Gas, a diesel will blow a gas engine away in just about every sense of the word, I have been running them for over 30 years in everything from a generators to trucks.

Just about every commercial snow plowing company here that I see are running diesels as they have far more torque than a gas engine at low RPM, which is why they are used in transports and they simply last longer.

Ford has had some issues with their diesels, GM had issues years ago. My neighbour is the service manager for one of the Dodge dealerships here in the city, largest dealership in Atlantic Canada, we have had discissions about the RAMS several times, no issues with the truck because it's diesel.

Some of my tractors I have will sit for months in the late fall/winter without being started, I have never had an issue starting one and our temps are about as harsh as they get in the winter. I do run fuel stabilizer in my Jetta, don't have to but it's cheap insurance and costs $0.50 a tank, considering I average 1,059 km a tank it become really cheap.

For plowing you want as much weight as possible.

According to Dodge 79% of 3/4 ton trucks sold in 2008 are diesels, that speaks for itself.

jklawncare
02-14-2011, 08:06 AM
I would encourage you to do a little research on Diesel vs Gas, a diesel will blow a gas engine away in just about every sense of the word, I have been running them for over 30 years in everything from a generators to trucks.

Just about every commercial snow plowing company here that I see are running diesels as they have far more torque than a gas engine at low RPM, which is why they are used in transports and they simply last longer.

Ford has had some issues with their diesels, GM had issues years ago. My neighbour is the service manager for one of the Dodge dealerships here in the city, largest dealership in Atlantic Canada, we have had discissions about the RAMS several times, no issues with the truck because it's diesel.

Some of my tractors I have will sit for months in the late fall/winter without being started, I have never had an issue starting one and our temps are about as harsh as they get in the winter. I do run fuel stabilizer in my Jetta, don't have to but it's cheap insurance and costs $0.50 a tank, considering I average 1,059 km a tank it become really cheap.

For plowing you want as much weight as possible.

According to Dodge 79% of 3/4 ton trucks sold in 2008 are diesels, that speaks for itself.

Well thanks for the heads up on that..
maybe its the reputation of those trucks that i heard most of, i didnt go much into depth about it.

i just heard the more weight on the front end of the engine can cause fractures in the chassis, and cause other parts like the trans and such to wear easier.

i agree completely with you when you say,
diesel has more power than gas..thats 100% true
but to me the weight issue made sense..

as i said..about the water in the mix..i said it dosnt make a difference often..i suppose i should have left that part out i was probably just trying some type of way to support my statement above..

perhaps the bad things i heard about diesels came from the ford's and gm's.
thanks for clearing things up for me and everyone i hope i didnt steer anyone the wrong way

once again expierience is always better than street knowledge haha :D

bruces
02-14-2011, 10:34 AM
there are winter and summer diesel fuels,the winter fuel has some alcohol in it to help with the freezing and gelling problems .Running a little conditioner,and draining the water from your fuel filters regularily will take care of most freezing issues .I worked in the arctic while I was in the military in the late 80's ,we had lots a diesel equipment and very few fuel problems ,as we ran some keroseen in the fuel making it arctic fuel ,but we couldnt shut the trucks down unless they were inside a heated building .Around here,fuel suppliers switch to winter fuel by late september ,where you live is probably later in the fall ,so its quite possible your neighbour has summer fuel in his truck .He should run a can of conditioner in the tank,plug the block heater in,put the truck in a heated garage overnight if he can ,and theres a good chance he will be good to go .I would also check the glowplugs out if he has them,more than one or two bad glowplugs in cold weather will make a diesel tough to start .
As for diesels not being good for plowing snow,as stated above,they usually make very good plow trucks partially because the weight adds traction,partially because of the tremendous torque,and finally they often have superb fuel economy .It is also true they get hard on front ends and frames,but I beleive that is because after stepping up to the diesel powerplant,people tend to cheap out on the axles and suspension .I see 3/4 ton dodge and ford diesels every day,with a 1000 lb boss V plow on the front,and a 1000 pound sander in the box .Then they fill the box with another 1000 lbs of sand ,and push a pile of wet snow .Add it all up,and its easy to figure out why a 3/4 ton diesel plow truck is getting some loving in a garage .Now,if these people would buy the one ton,with the heavy duty plow package ,with the strongest axles offered,they tend to last a hell of a lot longer .

fieroboi
02-14-2011, 02:57 PM
my trimmers were not installed

How do you like the trimmer racks? I've been looking at that brand and trying to determine if they are worth the little extra over other models.

Once again, Congrats, that is a really great looking outfit!

Lloyd
Blue's YardFX
Camrose, Alberta

jymie
02-14-2011, 03:11 PM
I have that trimmer rack as well for the four trimmer option. I have three trimmers and an edger. I love the fact that you can lock them in for when you are away from the trailer and not able to see the trailer, also the lever you can turn it to hold them in place as you drive. The trimmers do not slide around as you drive also. Great product.

950thomas
02-15-2011, 09:12 PM
Seven of my trucks are diesel I wish all of my trucks were diesel they last forever

Paineless Creations
02-15-2011, 11:34 PM
how do you like the tundra?

ive seen a few for sale around here but am kinda shaky on it knowing its a toyota

not sure about import trucks..id be using it to plow and pull so it would deffinately be unleaded

plowing with diesel isnt a good idea
ive been looking at the new silverado alot
same with some sierras and f250s

I was not even in the market for a Toyota, I'm actually a Ford guy-having been in the Ford auto industry for 12 years. But this one really caught my eye and after doing some research, I have to tell you it has far exceeded my expectations. I do have a rare model-it has an 8.1 ft bed on it. Most Tundras out there are 6ft. It has the tow package with factory extended mirrors. I have a 5.7L in it and I have to tell you this is the most powerful truck I have ever had. It can pull up to 11,000 LBS and is smooth as can be down the road pulling my work trailer or the camping trailer. It's also just a nice ride when the wife and I go on road trips (recently drove over 3000 miles in a week). I highly recommend looking at the Tundra.

Paineless Creations
02-15-2011, 11:39 PM
How do you like the trimmer racks? I've been looking at that brand and trying to determine if they are worth the little extra over other models.

Once again, Congrats, that is a really great looking outfit!

Lloyd
Blue's YardFX
Camrose, Alberta

Had to talk the wife in these "upgraded" racks, but since getting them have had no regrets at all-they are tough, good looking and they lock! You can get them here: http://www.trailerracks.com/

Hedgemaster
02-15-2011, 11:42 PM
Seven of my trucks are diesel I wish all of my trucks were diesel they last forever

My truck is a Chevy I wish all my trucks had been Chevys they last forever

:D


Over the last 20 years, I've owned 3 trucks...
In 1990 I bought my first truck - a (new) GMC Somoma.
In 1998 I bought a (new) Dodge Dakota.(mistake)
In 2001 I bought a (new) Chevy Silverado.

I had a total of 0 (zero) problems with the Sonoma. (It was finally in need of brakes when I sold it in 98)
I can't recall the number of individual problems with the Dakota, but it was in the shop for repairs 13 times in 3 years.
Since 2001, the Silverado had a wire go bad for the heated mirror once. (Oh, the humanity! ;) )

I'll eat my own poo before buying another Chrysler product. :cool:





Oh, and to sort of get back to the original topic, I didn't get a chance to wash the mud off - maybe tomorrow!

950thomas
02-17-2011, 08:32 PM
i dident win the contest so i am not washing my trucks

Hedgemaster
02-17-2011, 09:42 PM
^^^ That made me LOL!


I DID wash mine today. :D
No wax, just a wash...


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG0917.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG0915.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG0913.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/Truck/IMAG0916.jpg


Guess I can take my "snow removal" signs off now...

Paineless Creations
02-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Looking good

950thomas
02-17-2011, 10:04 PM
Looks good u could have that as a add on biz I know a big landscape company that has a car detailing division car washes are one of the highest profit biz

Hedgemaster
02-17-2011, 10:38 PM
Looking good

Thanks.
She's holding up well for her age. Bought this truck new in... :confused: heck, I can't remember now, but it's a 2001 and they wanted it gone as the 2002 models had come out.

If you look at the pic from the rear, there are some scuffs on the tail light cover (happened while parked). That and a teeensy, leeeetle scratch on the other side are the only real "marks" on it.

Well, I try to forget about it, but there were two "incidents" that did require paint work to be done. Once when a bullet landed on the roof during Fourth of July "celebrations" and again when someone on a bicycle slammed into me and his head/shoulder put a dent in my hood. The roof was repaired/painted, as was the hood.

I've been very happy with this truck. Aside from it's appetite for brakes, I have no complaints.

Can't wait to get a fresh coat of polish on her and get the chrome wheels out of storage. Now that I have a domain name (no site up yet), I can get some vinyl lettering for the side and rear glass. All that and some nice green grass in the background will make for a nice photo op. Spring is just around the corner!

Hedgemaster
02-17-2011, 11:01 PM
Looks good u could have that as a add on biz I know a big landscape company that has a car detailing division car washes are one of the highest profit biz

I do hand detailing for a few people. When doing odd jobs before I started my lawn care business, someone approached me and asked if I detail cars. She said that my truck always looks so good, and she'd rather pay me to do her SUV than someone she doesn't know. Then a few more people asked if I'd clean up their cars.
I couldn't make any real money at it though because I spend way too much time on them. It's more or less something to make a few extra bucks.

950thomas
02-18-2011, 09:21 PM
I know what u mean I tell my customers I will walk their dog if they pay me

Hedgemaster
02-22-2011, 11:58 PM
Holy crap, what a difference a few days makes.

Remember that clean Silverado?
Well, last night, after a weeks worth or 50+ weather we got dumped on with 9" of snow. It all came down from 3:30pm to midnight.

I put the cargo carrier (that I had JUST scrubbed the salt off of) back on the truck and spent the day hauling around my snowblower.
It's now a salty mess. (the truck - I covered the snowblower)

I took pics of the snow covered truck, but I'm too tired to upload them now. Maybe later.

Steve
02-23-2011, 05:02 PM
Let's see what they look like!

Who knows when this will be the last of the snow.