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
Making sure that your lawn care truck is properly secured before heading out to do a full day of work is a safety item that is easy to perform and important to keep a safe truck on the road.
- Visually inspecting all toolboxes on the truck is always a good idea before heading out. Look for any doors that aren’t secured properly or are in a condition that repair in the near future is likely and note specifically the damage to be repaired.
- Check that all wheels have lug nuts on all the wheel studs and that they appear… Continue reading
They’re called step vans, bread vans, taco trucks and even “multi-stop trucks”. Regardless of what you call them, these vehicles appear everywhere. And it seems like they’ve been around forever too. A quick Google search of step vans for sale will reveal a wide selection of everything from the 1970’s to brand new. So who uses the odd looking vans and would one work in your business?
Most notably, Fed-Ex and UPS have the largest fleet of step vans in the country. The commercial uniform & laundry industry also prefer step vans. Years ago the term “Taco Truck” was coined… Continue reading
Your work truck(s) are a valuable part of your lawn care business and keeping them running efficiently helps protect the bottom line of your business. When the truck(s) are running, your business is making money 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.
Proper engine coolant– take time to make sure your truck has the appropriate amount of coolant/antifreeze in the radiator & coolant reservoir before you start… Continue reading
Now that you have determined what segment of the food delivery industry is the right fit for you, it is time to get to the selection of the truck that fits your needs.
For the sake of this discussion, we are assuming you will be using a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) under 26,000 pounds. This includes a vehicle classifications one through six.
The number of packages or boxes to be delivered in the days delivery schedule will determine the size of the van body for your truck.
The total weight of the packages will determine the… Continue reading
There are lots of small “do it yourself” items that a lawn care business owner can do to extend the useful life expectancy of the truck that is called upon each and every day to perform. Here are some items that are easy, not expensive, and good training for new employees.
- Weekly Tire Pressure Check- have a designated crew member take a quality air pressure gauge and make sure that every tire on the truck is properly inflated to the truck manufacturer specifications placard. The placard sticker is typically found in the driver side door jamb, you can also… Continue reading