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03-17-2008, 01:20 AM
Another teenager.

I have homeowner equipment. *http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

What's the smallest truck I should buy if I'm hauling a 42" Huskee and a 33" Craftsman on a 5' by 10'?


03-17-2008, 01:29 AM
I am using a Dodge Dakota sport to pull my equipment as we speak. It works good. It just ain't big enough for a plow though

03-17-2008, 03:09 AM
Hi Caleb,

Welcome to our forum! What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business?

03-17-2008, 07:17 AM
Hi Calab,

I use a Ranger edge v6, to tow a 6'x12' single axle enclosed trailer with a 900 lb 52" yazoo kees & all related equipment. Total trailer weight is about 3,000 lbs. This is right at the max I can safely tow with this truck. I had to add coil over shocks to assist with the load in the rear.
Plus side is better mileage when not towing
Downside is only 9-10 mpg while towing
a full size truck w/v8 would likely do better & it's tough on the transmision to tow so much.
I plan to upgrade it this year but it did get me started!
Hope this helps!

03-17-2008, 08:07 AM

What will you be upgrading to next?

03-17-2008, 05:56 PM
A full size 1/2 ton most likely. Extended cab v8 make is not terribly important though probably a ford.

03-17-2008, 07:42 PM
I found out today that the new Ford Rangers can haul 5600LBS so thats what I am going to get since the cost of gas is going up to near 4.00 a gallon.

03-17-2008, 08:22 PM
What model ranger w/ which engine?
I have an 04' ith a 3.0L & automatic trans.
I don't think it's ment to haul that much? I could be wrong though.

03-17-2008, 08:30 PM
it was 2008 Ford Ranger Powered by a 4.0L SOHC V6 Engine

03-17-2008, 11:24 PM
I started this business because I can't stand working for a wage. I have to hold my success or failure in my own hands.

Given, If you calculate the hours I've put into "working" on my lawn business, it would be less profit than if i'd been working at Burger King. But.... you just wait.

Also, my brother had a (very) small lawn business for about two years. I'm using some of his left over equipment.

I'm not going to buy an 08. I only have about 5,500 to work with.

I've got a tahoe now, but it sucks gas and isn't practical.

03-18-2008, 06:47 AM
Hi Caleb,

I love that truck pic. That thing looks like a lot of fun!

Why not just buy a junky midsized pickup and start with that. I would try to spend as little as possible on it.

What are you considering getting?

03-18-2008, 08:55 AM

I am going to express to you what are your plans for the future? I would tell you from experience a half ton up to a three quarter ton truck is the way to go chevy is my preference but that is my pref. I say this because if a customer ask if you (Can you do something) If you have a small truck you mite not be able to handle it with a small truck like taking concrete to the dump just telling you from experience

03-18-2008, 11:26 AM
That is true, but i'm really trying to focus all my efforts on basic lawn maintainance accounts. I find that I need to heavily concentrate on that instread of hauling things around for customers.

Not to say it hasen't or won't happen. It happened yesterday. We hauled a huge banana tree and tons of crepe myrtle limbs away.

I have been delegating to my employees that have Chevy 1500s.

03-18-2008, 02:58 PM
I believe any 1500 my prefernce is chevy great trucks letter the truck and create your image.

03-23-2008, 12:41 PM
Thanks, I'll probably get a red 1500 Extended cab.