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
According to multiple news sources, moving vans have started to arrive at the White House to help the President move. That got me thinking: As a commercial box truck insider, what advice could I lend the outgoing president to help ensure that his departure is logistically pleasing? I can’t speak for any of the DC based moving companies (I don’t live there). But just maybe I can be of assistance by suggesting what truck and equipment to look for while the President is arranging his big move.
The POTUS is going to need some good sized trucks to haul… Continue reading
We have discovered a lot of curiosity about the differences between glow plugs and spark plugs.
A common question exists among people considering a diesel engine, “What in the world is a glow plug”. A good place to start is explaining the two types of internal combustion. Diesel engines use glow plugs and gas engines use spark plugs.
The main difference is that diesel engines rely solely on compression to raise the temperature of the air to a level that allows the diesel to combust automatically. As the piston rises in the cylinder, pressure is increased. This causes the… Continue reading
The common denominator within the truck transportation industry is the need to move goods from one point to another. Equally important however, is the requirement of having those goods arrive secure and undamaged. Properly securing cargo is a must with any box truck. For simplicity and peace of mind, toss out that old rope and try the E-Track fastening system.
E-Track is an industry standard tie-down system for box trucks and cargo trailers. With a standard length of 10 ft, E Track is constructed of galvanized steel with tightly spaced slots stamped from end to end. These slots are… Continue reading
What are some differences between the cab-over engine trucks and the conventional trucks?
Cab-over chassis– this type of truck has the cabin directly over the engine and front axle of the truck. These trucks are easy to notice because there is an absence of a regular (hood) covering the engine compartment.
Conventional chassis– this type of truck has the cabin located behind the front axle and engine compartment.
Below are some basic details about each type of truck, we hope that they will assist you in determining which truck design best suits your business objectives.
- Cab-over trucks… Continue reading
You’ve done your research, talked to drivers, route managers, route owners, interview with company’s seeking drivers and / or contractors. You’ve decided whether you want to do city delivery or longer routes that will keep you away from home overnight. You’ve checked, the company’s requirements for drivers and contractors, their equipment requirements regarding size, age, miles, insurance, bonding, any financial requirements, etc.
Our suggestion is to make a list of the company’s with two columns, one labels “PRO” and “CONS” and write out the attributes and negatives in each column for each company. This will help you to determine… Continue reading