Best Trucks for Lawn Care Pros

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Almost everyone has seen a lawn care truck drive by with a company name emblazoned all over it. There but for the grace of the bank goeth you. You need lawn care equipment and a truck (and usually a trailer) to haul your grass cutting and trimming tools from place to place, but which truck is best for you?

Let’s look at some factors that will help you make a decision — the type of lawn care business and your customer base — then we’ll look review some of the top trucks for lawn care pros.

Type of Lawn Care Service

Before you accept your first customer, you need to determine what type of lawn care services you’re going to provide; whether you will just cut grass and trim, or if you will aerate lawns, deal with brush and debris, and mulch trees and flower beds.

The more involved the lawn care, the more equipment and lawn care products you’ll need to stock and use.

Some homeowners have no idea what it takes to nourish a lawn and they’ll leave the whole thing up to you. If you plan to aerate, seed, and mulch lawns, then you’ll need a truck prepared to handle those tasks. You’ll also need a dumping mechanism so you don’t have to shovel everything off the truck.

You’ll also have to decide if you’re going to do winter lawn care, or snow removal. If so, you’ll need a truck with hooks on the front to attach snow scrapers.

Your Customers

Some lawn care customers have only a small patch of grass for a lawn while others live on huge spreads with multiple acres. Some customers have flat lots, but more homeowners live on gentle rises or on hills or even on the side of a mountain. These require different types of equipment which your truck will need to be able to carry.

Top Trucks for Your Lawn Care Business

You’re unlikely to start your lawn care business with a fleet of the best trucks or trailers. If you have a truck, that’s great! You can begin your lawn service business one step ahead. However, if you don’t own a truck, you’ll need to consider new versus used.

Let’s say you pay in cash for a new Dodge Ram. Maybe, the first thing you’ll do is paint it in your company colors. Then you’ll letter your company information on the doors and body.

Keep in mind the truck is going to get dinged and bashed in the first week just getting equipment in and out of the truck. That’s a lot of money to spend to have the best truck for your lawn care business.

If you instead purchase a used truck with low mileage (20,000 to 40,000 miles), it wouldn’t matter so much that you’re going to repaint and letter it. You might even customize the bed yourself. You’ll have all your tools and equipment at your fingertips.

Your first lawn care truck may or may not be the most expensive or marketed model, but considering the prices, a used truck is always a great option.

Ford F150 XL

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In starting your lawn care business, buying a Ford F150 XL wouldn’t be too expensive, handles 3,200 pounds, and can pull up to 8,000 pounds. Maximum bed length is 8 feet and 21 inches high.

Dodge Ram

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For new lawn care business owners with a little heavier equipment, you might consider the Dodge Ram we discussed above. It will make a good investment with a payload of 2,300 pounds, and a pull ability of 12,750 pounds. The bed is 6 feet and 21 inches high.

GMC Sierra

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For new lawn care business owners needing capacity, take a look at the GMC Sierra. It’s a tad expensive, but it will carry 2,500 pounds and pull 9,700. The bed is 8 feet and 21 inches high.

Trailers

Before you begin your business, you’ll need a lawn mower, trimmer, edger, and blower. These will fit in the bed of your truck.

When you’ve built your business enough that you can afford new mowers, you’ll need to consider buying a trailer. You’ll need to decide on a single or tandem axle.

A single axle trailer will cost more in gas than a tandem axle. Trailers begin at 5 feet and can go up to 20 feet, but 6 to 10 feet is the normal length. Some have mesh sides with others offering rails.

Trailers are available both online and in stores. They’re available new and used. Some even come in package deals from carriers featuring a riding mower and usually a 5-foot trailer.

What to Look for When Shopping for Lawn Care Trucks

There are so many homeowners, businesses, and even apartment complexes with residents who work so hard that they don’t have time to care for their yards. This can be such an ample opportunity for extra income for you!

If you love nurturing your yard, and making sure it gets the nutrients it needs for maximum good health, then you’ll probably enjoy doing it for others too.

Beginning your own lawn care service requires purchasing a new or used truck (and a trailer down the line), and we hope this article gave you some insight to what to look for. The type of lawn care business and your customer base will help you to determine the best trucks and trailers to service your customers.

And, of course, you’ll need to decide whether to buy new or used. Our recommendation? Start with a used truck to get your lawn care business off the ground;

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