Your lawn tech just called. He’s on the side of the road about to miss his next job, because the lawn truck broke down… for the second time this week.
Your lawn and landscape business is growing, which is GREAT…
… but now it’s time to start looking at some new trucks for you and your crew.
I promise: This article will make finding your new lawn truck as breezy as possible. You’ll get a list of the best lawn trucks… as well as a few buying tips along the way.
Buying any truck is a big decision… but buying a truck for your lawn and landscape business?
You don’t want to over-invest into a gorgeous, top-of-the-line truck that your crew will rough up in the first week… And you also don’t want to under-invest by throwing pennies at a deadbeat clunker that’s going to break down before you drive it off the “used car” lot.
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How to Choose a Lawn Truck
As you’ve probably already discovered, buying a new truck for your business is way different than buying one for personal use.
Unlike buying a personal truck, a work vehicle has a lot more factors to consider:
- Storage space (will you need a trailer?)
- Horsepower (how much can it haul?)
Now that you know the main factors to consider, you’ll need to decide if you want to buy a new or used pickup truck.
Should You buy a New Lawn Truck?
Pros: Perfect condition, with a very long life if you take care of it, and you (or your Team Leads) will love to drive it.
Cons: The shiny, new truck is going to cost you more money, and your guys are going to rough it up in the first week of work.
Should You Buy a Used Lawn Truck?
Pros: This not-so-perfect truck doesn’t cost as much money, and the maintenance isn’t as expensive as a new one.
Cons: You don’t exactly know what it’s been through. Did the previous owner take care of it? You don’t really know…
The Bottom Line…
If you’re strapped for cash, a used pickup truck is probably your best bet. But, if you’re ready to grow fast, and you really want to keep your employees, you might want to consider a new one.
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The Best 5 Trucks for Lawn Care
These trucks have great horsepower and dimensions for hauling and they’re easily customizable. Any of these trucks can easily haul a trailer… or you can even have the perfect amount of room to add an aluminum bed with a dovetail.
As a bonus, these trucks have excellent clearance off the ground for heavy-duty equipment and tricky jobs.
- Base Model MSRP: $33,150
- MPG: ≈14.1 (MPG varies depending on model. Consider diesel for optimal MPG.)
- Horsepower Options: 385 – 450
- Torque Options: 430 – 935
- Bed Length Options: 6.75 ft. – 8 ft.
- Bed Height: 21.1 in.
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 15,000 lbs.
- Maximum Payload: 4,430 lbs.
With this truck, the sky’s the limit. If you decide to buy it new, it’s 100% customizable to meet your every need.
The Ford Super Duty Truck is specifically built for your lawn and landscape business.
And an even better benefit?
Since this truck is available with a diesel engine, it’s great for snow and ice removal. Plus, it’ll save you a little more on gas.
Additionally, the front hooks on it make it easy to attach a snow plow. THIS combined with the horsepower, torque, towing and payload capacities make this truck your all-in-one solution to suit every need for your dual lawn care and snow removal business.
If you need to haul more, then you can choose more powerful versions: F-250, F-350 and F-450.
And so, whether you buy the Ford Super Duty brand-spanking new or an experienced, used one… it won’t disappoint.
- Base Model MSRP: $28,155
- MPG: 20 city / 26 highway (MPG varies depending on the model.)
- Horsepower Options: 250 – 450
- Torque Options: 265 – 510
- Bed Length Options: 5.5 ft. – 8 ft.
- Bed Height: 21.4 in.
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 5,000 – 8,000 lbs.
- Maximum Payload: 3,270 lbs.
If you’re not in snow or ice removal during the winter months, the Ford Super Duty Truck may be a little more than you need. For this reason, it’s younger brother (the F-150) might make a better choice for your lawn business.
With its top-of-the-line towing and payload capacity, this truck throws its other competitors right out of the ballpark.
But an even more wonderful benefit to this truck?
It’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper than its equivalent competitors too. And at the of a hardworking day, your wallet won’t be as light.
And I know it sounds like I’m a Ford fangirl, but hear me out for sec. When you consider the price, MPGs, horsepower, torque and payload options… Ford knocks everything out of the ballpark (by far!).
- Base Model MSRP: $28,300
- MPG: 15 city / 20 highway
- Horsepower Options: 277 – 420
- Torque Options: 305 – 460
- Bed Length Options: 6.6 ft. – 8.2 ft.
- Bed Height: 22.4 in.
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 6,700 – 9,900 lbs.
- Maximum Payload: 2,500 lbs.
While it may not be as heavy-duty as its Ford competitors, don’t let it fool you. It’s still a great truck.
This Chevy Silverado will get you wherever you need to go… and it’ll get the job done.
If you take a look at the new-and-improved 2019 Chevy Silverado, you’ll notice they even offer a “Work Truck” option.
This new option will allow you to buy the truck you NEED without all those extra bells and whistles you don’t need.
One thing that sets this truck apart from its compadres is its bed. The taller bed height on this truck will make it a little easier to add customized racks where you need them.
Plus, it’s extreme payload and towing capacity will take your lawn and landscape business wherever you need to go.
- Base Model MSRP: $31,795
- MPG: 17 city / 23 highway
- Horsepower Options: 305 – 395
- Torque Options: 269 – 410
- Bed Length Options: 6.36 ft.
- Bed Height: 21.5 in.
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 12,750 lbs.
- Maximum Payload: 2,320 lbs.
The new, jazzed-out 2019 Dodge Ram has a truck bed unlike any you’ve ever seen.
This truck has the option to get built-in storage inside the inner walls of the truck bed. You also have the option of choosing a double-door bed gate… which makes it a million times easier to pull out the supplies you need from your lawn truck.
As a bonus, the towing capacity of the new Dodge Ram is almost that of the Ford Super Duty Truck. If you’re looking for something a little lighter on the wallet that’s comparable to the Ford Super Duty, this might be a good option for your lawn business.
- Base Model MSRP: $33,500
- MPG: 20 city / 23 highway
- Horsepower Options: 277 – 420
- Torque Options: 380 – 910
- Bed Length Options: 5.8 ft. – 8.2 ft.
- Bed Height: 21.1 in.
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 6,500 – 9,700 lbs.
- Maximum Payload: 1,500 – 2,543 lbs.
While it might be a little more pricey, the capacity of this truck is incredible.
The one thing that stands out about the 2019 GMC Sierra is its optimal horsepower and torque options. The maximum torque on the Sierra is extremely rare.
In fact, the only other one like it is the Ford Super Duty. So, if you have a higher budget and want more bells and whistles, the Sierra is a good option for you.
Another great part about the Sierra is the option for a little bit bigger truck bed. In fact, it has the option for a slightly longer truck bed than any of the previous lawn truck options I mentioned.
If you’re willing to spend a little more, this truck just might be your new best friend.
Other Factors to Consider
Before the wheels in your head start turning, you need to consider a few other things.
Will you use your truck for snow removal? You’ll want a truck with four-wheel drive, high horsepower and a detachable snow plow.
Will you use your truck for multiple services, or commercial services? Consider a Box Truck.
Every lawn and landscaping business is different, so you should really think about whether there are any other factors you should consider before deciding.
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Finding the right truck for your lawn and landscape business can be stressful.
But, if you have the right tools under your belt, it’ll make this process a whole lot easier.
There are a lot of options when it comes to trucks… and there might even be a few options you’re not considering. These 5 trucks are the best for your lawn business, and will absolutely give you what you’re looking for.
Plus, these tips just might save you a little money on the way.
While I can’t totally make this experience stress-free for you (I wish I could!), I can give you the right nuggets of wisdom to help you out.
I promise, if you follow the tips in this article, you’ll find the right truck for your lawn or landscape business in no time!