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Today's Trucks

These vehicles pack a punch-and provide landscaping crews with the durability and towing power needed to haul heavy equipment to the jobsite.
By Jason Bramwell


Trucks are a staple of the green industry. But with a variety of truck manufacturers and models from which to choose, finding a new truck for your landscaping business could be a daunting task.

"Landscaping business owners should buy a truck that they can always count on to get their crews to the next job," says Brian Tabel, retail marketing manager, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

The following five trucks, listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer, can provide landscapers with the horsepower, torque and towing capacity needed to haul lawnmowers and other equipment and tools to jobs - big or small.

By visiting the manufacturers' websites or contacting local dealers, one can obtain additional specifications not included in this article.


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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

With its 13,000-pound towing capability, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a truck landscaping businesses can rely on to effectively tow heavy pieces of equipment to and from jobsites, says Tom Wilkinson, Chevrolet trucks communication manager.

"It's a great all-around work truck, yet pretty efficient to operate - either around town or on the open road," he says. "There is almost nothing a landscaper could throw at this truck that it couldn't handle."

The Silverado 2500HD, which comes in 10 models, features

the powertrain combination of a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine and an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. The Duramax engine cranks out 397 horsepower and 765 pounds-feet of torque.

The Allison 1000 features driver shift control with tap-up/tap-down shifting and an elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature. Also, the tow/haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.

Wilkinson recommends landscaping businesses consider the following two features:

For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.


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Ford F-Series Super Duty XLT SuperCab

Landscape business owners seeking a comfortable yet "tough" truck for their crews can turn to the Ford F-Series Super Duty XLT SuperCab, says Mike Levine, truck communications manager, Ford Motor Co.

"The 2013 Super Duty XLT SuperCab 4x4 single rear wheel provides plenty of room to accommodate up to six people," he says. "The 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine is rated at 385 horsepower and 405 pounds-feet of torque. It can tow up to 12,500 pounds conventionally or up to 14,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer - plenty of capability to pull landscaping equipment without the added expense of a diesel engine."

Levine says the F-Series Super Duty can be ordered with an optional factory fifth-wheel prep kit that makes installing a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch a snap. Drilling is not required.

"Ford also offers a segment-exclusive integrated tailgate step, which greatly eases getting in and out of the cargo box to load or retrieve tools," he adds.

Other notable features include:

For more information, visit www.ford.com.


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GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab 4WD Long Box

The 2013 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab 4WD Long Box is the most durable and powerful Sierra ever built - and a perfect truck for landscaping businesses, says GMC communications manager Joe LaMuraglia.

"Its combination of towing (13,000 pounds) and payload (2,552 pounds) will meet the needs of the most serious landscaping business owner," he says. "In addition, the optional snow plow prep package can be repurposed for snow removal in the winter months to maximize ROI."

The Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab 4WD Long Box, which can comfortably seat up to six people, comes equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine that delivers 397 horsepower and 765 pounds-feet of torque.

The Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission can handle the higher torque capability of the Duramax engine. "This is a proven powertrain combo, with more than 1.2 million sold since 2000," LaMuraglia says.

He adds that the Allison 1000 helps to improve fuel economy and assist the exhaust brake system, which provides greater control on grades and reduces brake pad wear.

"Landscapers are small-business owners, and they need a powerful, capable truck that will perform 24/7/365," LaMuraglia says.

Other notable features include:

For more information, visit www.gmc.com.


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Isuzu Gas N-Series LCF

Isuzu offers the only gasoline-powered low-cab-forward (LCF) trucks in America, and its N-Series LCF trucks are well suited for landscaping operations, says Brian Tabel, retail marketing manager, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

"The biggest advantage of our N-Series LCF trucks is their maneuverability," he says. "Maneuverability is key for getting the truck in tight parking lots. It also provides landscaping crews the safety needed to drive through busy or crowded neighborhoods."

2012 N-Series trucks, which include the NPR and NPR-HD models, are powered by a Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 297 horsepower and 372 pounds-feet of torque.

"You have all the benefits of having the LCF design, but you also get the lower maintenance cost of a gas engine," Tabel says.

The power plant comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and lock-up torque converter for enhanced fuel economy and performance. The NPR has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 12,000 pounds, while the NPR-HD has a 14,500-pound GVWR.

Other notable features include:

For more information, visit .


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Ram 1500 Tradesman

With a 4.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine, six-speed automatic transmission and cargo management system, the Ram 1500 Tradesman is designed to meet the needs of landscaping businesses, says Nick Cappa, Ram Truck media relations spokesperson.

"The Ram 1500 Tradesman was built with capability and durability in mind for the business owner who relies on their truck every day to make a living," he says.

The 2012 Ram 1500 Tradesman, which can fit six people, includes the following features:

"Most landscapers are towing equipment or supplies. The RamBox storage system allows landscapers to lock up tools in a waterproof location without damaging the interior of the truck," Cappa says. "The bedliner gives added protection to the bed."

Ram Tradesman models available include a regular cab short bed (6 feet 4 inches), regular cab long bed (8 feet), quad cab (6-foot-4 inch bed) and crew cab (5-foot-7-inch bed). The following are maximum towing and payload capacities for each model, according to Ram Truck:

For more information, visit www.ramtrucks.com.