No one is going to begin their 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 vs used.
Let's say you cash out for a brand 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 went with 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. It may or may not be the most expensive or marketed truck, but
considering the prices, a used truck is always a great option.
Ford F150 XL
In the beginning of your 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 eight feet and 21 inches
For those new business owners with a little heavier equipment, you might consider the Dodge
Ram we discussed above. It'll make a good investment with a payload of 2,300 pounds, and a
pull ability of 12,750 pounds. The bed is six feet and 21 inches high.
For new business owners needing capacity, take a look at GMC Sierra. It's a tad
expensive, but it will carry 2,500 pounds and pull 9,700. The bed is eight feet and 21 inches high.