Trucks are a valuable part of just about every service business and keeping them running efficiently takes just a little initiative and planning to extend the service life of the drive train of a truck. The drive train in basic terms consists of the engine, transmission, cooling system, braking system components, fuel system, driveshaft(s), and the differentials (front & rear if the vehicle is four-wheel drive). There are vehicles with more than two differentials, but for this article those are not discussed. When a truck is operating normally, your business is making money and when the truck isn’t on the… Continue reading
The work truck is a valuable part of your business and keeping it running efficiently helps protect the bottom line of your business. When the truck(s) are running, your business is functioning and when they aren’t on the road it’s costing you money and that is why they need to be kept in good order. Take a moment and see if these tips are already part of your maintenance protocols in addition to required scheduled maintenance. These item checks are simple to perform and may save you in mechanic service fees or towing costs due to mechanical failures over the… Continue reading
Americans love to eat out. In fact, the US restaurant industry does over 800 billion in annual sales. But what’s really hard to swallow are food truck statistics. The food truck industry itself has annual revenue of more than $1 billion dollars. This industry has seen a revenue increase of 12.5% just over the last five years. Aside from the monetary payout, potential food truck vendors are finding plenty of other benefits to lure them into the business. With more and more entrepreneurs hopping on board, there still plenty of room for new food trucks on the streets.
For those… Continue reading
Whether you’re a expedited freight service or a final mile white glove delivery company, there is one thing certain about your cargo box truck: Your cargo box either has leaked in the past, is currently leaking or will leak in the future. At some point its going to be an issue, but you don’t have to live with it. Lets take a look at how to address this problem.
Your cargo box is leaking because of either damage or general ageing. General wear and tear caused from ageing results in brittle caulking and loose rivets. Physical damage on the… Continue reading
Are you ready for a change?
This subject may have been unconsciously overlooked by many business owners in the past; but there are changes coming for commercial vehicles and doing your research can save you time and frustration. The changes that are about to go in effect will affect some businesses now and others in the future as their class of vehicles are phased in for enforcement.
The changes are coming in the form of additional requirements to the rear visibility portion of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 111). This Standard has been for the rear… Continue reading
If you ever mosey on down to the local dealership to shop for pick-up trucks, it’s pretty normal to hear some unusual verbiage. Salesmen will be talking about wheelbase & glow plugs. Customers will be asking about block heaters and chassis cabs. It can get confusing. But there’s a common set of terms that everyone knows: ½ Ton, ¾ Ton & 1 Ton. You’ve heard about truck tonnage for years. But do you know what it really means? If you understand the meaning or not, salesmen and customers alike have at least accepted in a broad since that it… Continue reading
What should be considered when up fitting a lawn care truck with equipment to assist in the loading/unloading of equipment?
Both apparatuses of loading/unloading lawn equipment will accomplish the task, but each has unique characteristics. The steel construction manually operated ramp is quickly deployed and is a good choice for quickly getting equipment in/out of a truck. The manually operated ramp should be constructed in a fashion that it will endure the stresses of rolling equipment across it repeatedly day after day. Quality steel construction is recommended for durability.
The powered lift gate is limited to the amount of… Continue reading
Extend the service life of your lawn care truck.
The lawn care truck is a vital component of your lawn care business; without a reliable truck your business can come to a screeching halt. A good way to remain profitable in such a competitive industry is to make sure your truck fleet is safe and always ready to go to work day in and day out. The question you can ask yourself is “Am I proactive about taking care of my company truck fleet?”
There are a couple things that can set you apart from your competition; your ability to… Continue reading
Here are some engine tips to consider when assessing your truck needs:
1) Truck Cost
A lawn care box truck with a gasoline engine will be cheaper to purchase vs. the cost to purchase the same type of truck with a diesel engine. The difference in cost between gas and diesel has increased in recent years primarily due to increased technologies used to make diesel engines more emissions friendly and meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
While the initial purchase of a gasoline powered truck is lower, if the truck is projected to see miles driven above the generally… Continue reading
The box truck has long been the “go-to” truck for many industries to deliver and pick up goods of service, as a lawn care business is it right for you?
The box truck A.K.A. (Parcel Van or Cube Van as it is sometimes called) has enjoyed great success over the years mainly due to its versatility to be custom fitted to a variety of industry specific needs. On the one hand, a business owner may just need a simple cargo box with no accessories to move items that can be stacked in a fashion that the cargo box is… Continue reading