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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

A classic work truck...


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-05-2008, 12:49 AM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I get the 91 Mazda B2200 with the non-existent clutch...and the landscape installation guys ride the new 2000s F-150 and Ram 1500...but hey, it gets me around! The logos are on either door, but you can't see them in the photo.

In the picture it's filled with 250kg (550lbs) of branches and debris from a rather large brush clearing job on a forested property.

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 03-05-2008, 04:10 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Hi Dave,

I am very happy you posted this picture of your truck. All too often I think newer business owners feel they can't start a business unless they have a brand new truck and they feel a new truck will help with the appearance of their business.

Can you tell us a little about your experience of using this truck?

How has this truck effected your business? What advice do you have for others who are trying to get a start and don't find themselves to be successful unless they are driving a brand new truck?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-05-2008, 09:35 AM
layla17
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

My husband has the same type of truck. He has a little Mazda B2000 for his everyday truck and saves the mileage and fuel consumption on the bigger 2007 Chevy Diesel.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-05-2008, 10:54 AM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

It definitely helps to save on fuel...I usually spend around $40 per week on gas for it, with gas prices at $1.15/litre (~$4.37/gallon). I usually find that it doesn't affect my image too much, a lot of the guys around here are the individually-run Asian businesses, whose trucks tend to be a lot more beaten up than mine.

My only issues with it are the constant breakdowns. My starter failed twice last year (the first time I hit it with a hammer and it unseized), and it'd almost certainly going to need a new clutch this year. This is the truck my boss started the company with 5 years ago, getting from his parents, and he's since bought the other two.

I remember seeing the guy with the green Escort, and whatever you can make work when you're starting it out is what I'd go for...no point taking on a bunch of unnecessary debt when you're starting out.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-05-2008, 08:46 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I appreciate you sharing with us your insight on that because it will help others reading this.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-05-2008, 10:16 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

I run an 04' ranger edge package I bought a few years ago. *Got a great deal on it. *$24k truck new, has beefed up suspension, rubber floor (Great for this biz) nice 6 speaker stereo & V6. *You can't really see it in the photo but the truck was beat up on the dealers lot when we were hit by hurricane charlie in aug. or 2004. *So my wife worked at the dealer at the time her disc. brought it from $24K TO LIKE 19,600 Then 3k in rebate + another 1000 off for financing ford motor credit. *Then the insurance company estimated the damage to the truck at like $6500 ( had a broken pasenger window, broken right mirror , a few small dents & because the dealership had a gravel roof the pebbles pepperd the paint job & little bitty specks in all the glass so to make it new again would have ment alot of body work & all new glass) *they replaced the broken window & gave me the balance ($5,700) off! *I rolled a brand new truck (17 miles on it) for $11,300 tax tag & tittle! * Best truck I've owned no worries, it already has dents! *I replaced the mirror when I bought it & last year I put coil over shocks on it to assist with the heavy loads. *This year I may put an add-a-leaf kit on the rear suspension too.




Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-06-2008, 03:48 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Wow...what a deal. We bought our last truck from a government/construction fleet sell-off. They tend to have good deals, but you have to know where to look to find them.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-25-2008, 06:03 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, The truck above was a great truck for me but I needed to upgrade. The dumps is too far from here & I needed a truck I can really load up (like the mazda above) before making the trip. Now I could load that ranger up & it would squat like the mazda in the pic but then I also had the trailer on the back & it wasn't enough truck for the weight. Plus sometimes I have need to pick up my kids & the car seats don't fit in a ranger.
Here is the new ride. (the wood in the back is to make similar side rails to what I had on the other truck)



2005 F150 xlt super cab, 2WD 5.4 Triton. I like this truck!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-25-2008, 06:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,501
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Oh very neat! Does it have a hitch? Have you tried pulling your trailer around yet? I bet there is an amazing difference!

Did you trade in the other truck or keep it?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-25-2008, 06:21 PM
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 0
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes it has the factory tow package, Yes it tows the trailer much easier. I traded the other truck in, it was paid for so I had alot of equity in it & couldn't have done it otherwise, The payments would have been to high for my growing business to cover.
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
Yesterday 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 70
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 09:16 PM
by Steve
6 151
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
Yesterday 07:56 PM
Yesterday 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 49
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
Yesterday 07:17 PM
Yesterday 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 52
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
Yesterday 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 195
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
Yesterday 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 58
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 576
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,749
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 208
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
07-27-2015 11:27 AM
by googus
8 408
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,226
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,237
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,300
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 157
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 258
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 174
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 188
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,570
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,511
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,318
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 202
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 147
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 314
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,321
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 247
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 2,087
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 215
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,922
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 2,096
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design edging equipment dealer equipment rental financials flyers foreman free advertising growing a lawn care business hardscapes hiring how to husqvarna hydro increase customers invoicing landscape landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag sell the vision seo shell shreaded snow plowing solo square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee web design website website design wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:50 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:50 AM.

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