Spring is here and landscaping season will soon be in full swing. Many crews opt to purchase new equipment in the spring to make summer all of their summer jobs go smoothly. One of the most important pieces of equipment you can have is a reliable truck. A well-built truck that is customized for landscaping will save your crew time and money in the long run. Today we are going to talk about how to pick a good truck for landscaping.
How To Pick a Good Truck For Landscaping
First, you want to come up with a plan before even walking into the door of the dealership. You’ll need to determine several things before picking a truck out. You’ll want to determine what the truck will be used for the most and if you will need more than one truck for the number of workers on your crew. How will you pay for the truck? Does your company have a business line of credit or are you going to finance it? Determine what your budget is before walking into the dealership.
When you find a truck model you like, one of the most important things is to know the truck’s towing weight. This ensures you will be able to tow your trailer or haul heavy equipment without incident. The tires and transmission can give out if the truck is towing more than it is supposed to.
You’ll also want to find out what the truck’s fuel efficiency is. If you stick to local jobs gas isn’t so much of a factor, but if your fleet regularly travels, you might want to consider a fuel-efficient truck. You will also want a truck that can be outfitted with some accessories such as a toolbox, lawn tool holders, tie downs, and a trailer hitch.
The last thing you’ll want to consider is if whether you will be using the truck in the winter to plow. If you are, you’ll have to pick a truck that has the ability to plow and carry a spreader. You’ll also want to make sure the truck is 4 wheel drive and has a good set of snow tires that can be put on in the winter.
Valley Green was founded by Charles Dooley in 1990. Headquartered in Holyoke, Massachusetts, we have grown to eight branch locations supported by inside & outside sales associates specializing in turf seed, sod production, golf sales, turf maintenance, nursery production, agriculture and arboriculture. The average green industry tenure at Valley Green is well over 20 years per associate!