Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Buying a used work truck


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-05-2011, 08:05 PM
specialwagnerbr's Avatar
specialwagnerbr specialwagnerbr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
specialwagnerbr is on a distinguished road
Question Buying a used work truck

Hello everyone i'm new here, and i'm planning to buy a used truck to start doing some lawns on the side, what truck would you guys recomend me, whats the best years for a used truck, what did you guys start with, how long did it take for a upgrade?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-05-2011, 10:18 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
how much do you want to spend ?what equipment do you need it to haul ?how many guys in your crew ?are you going to plow snow ? can you fix it yourself,or are you paying for somebody else to do it for you?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-05-2011, 10:28 PM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 7
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

Im looking into this as well
I personally am leaning towards an 08 chevy silverado quad

ill be hauling fairly light..but they are strong trucks, and they turn heads.
Personally i think you want an eye appealing truck becasue it will draw more attention to your company

it dosnt have to be new..just dont advertise on a rust bucket. thats my personal opinion. Although..i do dislike when someone is fly by night and have a plain truck without any recognition of there company.

wether its magnets or even something on the trailer the name and number should always be there.

To help answer your question though..itd be better to know what your hauling, your crew, plowing, things like that..just like bruces said
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-05-2011, 11:26 PM
specialwagnerbr's Avatar
specialwagnerbr specialwagnerbr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
specialwagnerbr is on a distinguished road
Default

Well for now it would just be myself a 52'' scag, a back pac blower, a trimmer and maybe 1 helper, like i said it will be "on the side" i have a full time job now, there will be no hauling, i will carry everything i need on the bed, i was considering buying a Crew cab bcz i have 1yr old child, just in case she needs to ride with me when my wife is out working.taking to babysitting, daycare, whatever. which i know take a lil space, i was looking to spend around 3k, and eventually i will be plowing the accounts.

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-05-2011, 11:39 PM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 7
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

It will cost more to find a quad than an extended. So keep that in mind. If you want a quad you might have to downgrade a couple years..plus itll be harder to find a quad over an extended.

if you wont be doing alot of hauling you wont be needing anything heavy duty really. but if you plan on plowing itll help..

id say..if you dotn plow right away..save up some money over the seasons and wait to get a better plowing truck.

but for your purposes now your looking at a 1500 or 150
depending on the maker..

something lighter duty..
you can get some pretty cheap F250s in there 90s and i know they are strong trucks


you dont have alot of room to play with for 3k.. trucks have a much higher resale than cars do..

check out craigslist in your area..itll help you decide alot mroe
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-06-2011, 01:18 AM
specialwagnerbr's Avatar
specialwagnerbr specialwagnerbr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
specialwagnerbr is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks Jk! I meant a extended when i said crew cab, so i was thinking in getting a 95 up to 99 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5.9 motor, I dont know, or Chevy 1500 around same age, what do you think?
Do you guys know anybody who own any of those? what do they say?, whats is the best years of this trucks?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-06-2011, 01:32 AM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Ack! He said the "D" word!



Even if 50 guys tell you to buy a Dodge (Ack! I said it too!), I'll never own one again. Chevy man all the way.

Really though, without knowing more, it doesn't do much good to tell you anything. Personally, with the price of gas, 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 5x8 trailer with it.

I'm using my 2001 Silverado 1500 4x4 extended cab because that's what I've been driving since 2001 (purchased to haul a camping trailer), and since I'm just starting out, I don't have money to buy anything else.

For what I'm doing, I think it's overkill (especially the 6-way power, heated, leather bucket seats ), but everyone's situation is different.

Last edited by Hedgemaster; 03-06-2011 at 01:35 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-06-2011, 02:06 AM
specialwagnerbr's Avatar
specialwagnerbr specialwagnerbr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 6
specialwagnerbr is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks hedgemaster! i will consider buying a chevy instead a Dodge, i've been looking around, and i notice that the chevy's lil are harder to find than a dodge, i see dodge's everywhere i look.
It looks like to me that Everyone who owns a 90's Dodge wants to get rid of it. i dont want to buy a 90's Ford either bcz I had a Bad experience with it in the past.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-06-2011, 05:29 AM
jklawncare's Avatar
jklawncare jklawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 577
Rep Power: 7
jklawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

I agree with hedgemaster
stay away from dodge of possible in my opinion

they may be heavy trucks..but with the things taht can go wrong and the cost it is to fix them..its not worth the trouble..

also
idk what they did
but dodge does horrible paint work..
its ALWAYS rusting out..almost every ram i see is rusted out..
even the newer ones from 02-05 are starting to show some rust..
__________________
Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
"Where Service is Always in Season"
Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-06-2011, 09:55 AM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

I would buy the chevy over the dodge at this point,for no other reason than the dodge are very thirsty at the pumps and gas prices are expected to skyrocket .I would think what your looking at is going to be fairly easy to find for the money your willing to spend ,I personally hate extended cabs unless you get the long box [which then becomes a parking issue ] but a reg cab doesnt handle a baby seat well .I like the 88-99 "classic" style truck [they made the old style and new style trucks at the same time for about a year ],over the newer model 99 up ones,it just seems like the newer ones are more expensive to repair and broken more often .I am currently driving a 98 classic with a 350 vortec ,its very very good on gas ,pulls awesome,has about 120,000 miles on it ,and I bought it in very very nice shape for $500.00 this past September .$3000.00 will buy a nice truck today with people dumping them due to gas prices .
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Truck/Trailer Prizes at Work - Thanks Artie! Hedgemaster Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 12 03-01-2011 10:53 PM
Work Truck Advice Andrew7dg Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 13 01-29-2011 02:09 PM
Buying a Used Truck lklandscaping Starting a lawn care business. 14 02-24-2010 05:15 PM
Buying old vs. buying newer. rclandscaping Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 5 08-27-2009 04:13 PM
A classic work truck... UniversityLandscapers Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 16 03-31-2008 07:02 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
Yesterday 10:07 AM
Yesterday 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 26
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
Yesterday 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,727
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
Yesterday 09:04 AM
Yesterday 09:04 AM
by Daveylawns
0 26
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-22-2016 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
8 238
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 47
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 160
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 83
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 151
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 87
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 434,379
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 120
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 108
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 155
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 343
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 132
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 388
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,479
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 132
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 149
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 254
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 272
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 310
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 292
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 02:38 PM
by Steve
1 256
» Popular Tags
advertising become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:10 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy