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Chris,
I'll be interested to see how your new truck is set up when your finished. If you could I would be interested in how much $ you put into it and the components/equipment you used. I personally am not interested in using a trailer as I think it may be costly (insurance costs?).

I Like your direction, keep me posted.
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I would like to see it when you're finished with it too Chris!  biggrin

I agree with da man Tucker.  I use a 4 wheel drive articulating manlift on big, steep, tile jobs.  Rented one for $250 a day awhile back and just did a bid on a roof last week for $1500 because it's HUGE and I'll need one again.

Most small businesses just cant justify it.

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Here's a few updated pics.  I've been busy with work, so progress is slow,  but I'm getting closer.  There's still alot to do before I can start loading it with equipment. 

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It is a good idea Chris, plan now get your ideas in place and even draw it out and measure everything where you want it to go, I had my box truck for 6 months before I even started using it. It looks really good chris, you will get there bro, keep the pictures coming.

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Hey Chris,  how's the "sick" rig coming along?  That truck is awesome.  I can't afford something like that but, I am in the market for a trailer....  What are you doing with your trailer?

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Oops. I didn't realize before I posted my last message that you just posted an updated picture. Looks awesome!

When you are all done with the new rig would you mind posting those pictures on the following thread: PICTURES of "Rigs", Trailers, Trucks ?

I'd love to get some ideas as to how each guy sets up their rig.

Thanks

-- Edited by Woodytwin on Thursday 1st of October 2009 11:04:02 AM

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Im working on a few ideas for signage on my new rig.  Here's one I came up with.  I'm just not sure if I want to go this route, or go with a printed sign.  BTW, the colors are a lil off in the pic.  The darker blue on the sign and the bed color are actually close to the same color, and of course the lighter blue will be lighter.  And I know graffiti is spelled wrong.  Forgot to change that.

-- Edited by Chesapeake on Tuesday 6th of October 2009 07:28:38 PM

-- Edited by Chesapeake on Tuesday 6th of October 2009 07:33:28 PM

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nice rig, how big is your tank??mite want to biff up your rear springs.best thing to do is fill up your tank and take a step back and look.

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Woodytwin wrote:

Hey Chris,  how's the "sick" rig coming along?  That truck is awesome.  I can't afford something like that but, I am in the market for a trailer....  What are you doing with your trailer?

Thanks,
Don




 Thanks Don.  I plan on keeping the trailer.  I will probably continue using it most of this season.  I'm sure I will always have a use for it.  Occasionally I have wash jobs with no water on site, so I will be able to carry additional water if needed.  I have also bid work in parking garages in the past, and the new rig won't clear, so I will have to be able to switch back to the trailer if needed.



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Yea, I figured that you'd probably keep the trailer.  It makes total sense to keep it.  It would make better sense to sell it to me though. 

Truth be told, I'd probably be better off with something smaller anyway.  Anybody out there want to unload a rig? 

Good luck with that new beast you've got there Chris.  Don't forget those pictures then.

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Wow lots of comments on here.

Chris, if that rig turns out half as good as you expect i am gonna have to come work for you !!

Danny: Your insurance usually already will cover any trailer you have, check with your agent there is usually no increase. But a trailer is aa pain

Ahh the infamous bucket truck...
The comment on weight is a very good one. The 35 footer you are looking at is way to small as you will lose half that height on angle from most driveways only giving you 15-18 feet elevation. Trust me I operated them plenty. I would recommend a 65 footer with outriggers but it will definitely smash most driveways. If considering a bucket truck 6k for a 35 footer is too cheap. I have a few friends that bought trucks for under 10k in this size and had tons of problems. Also you will need to have the hydraulic lines checked frequently (Just like the electric companies that own them) and this is costly. The last guy I knew that bought one of these trucks and did not check his lines got stuck in the air after only 3 months of operation. Most will have a safety release but that only goes down and if your above a roof down won't save you. Power lines leading to the house will block your operation sometimes.
Their may be a place for them in our business, if you ever get as big as someone like AC you might actually use one once a day. But their is a reason that the big boys don't own one, and those reasons are listed above.

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I'm not fond of ladders either. I have been scoping out the BilJax 2622T. It's tiny, but lifts to 32.5 ft. It will easily fit through a narrow one-car gate and it weighs less than 2500 lbs. It can be moved by one man with a small motorized trailer dolly. It also does not articulate, it telescopes. This might lower the risk of accidentally banging the elbow into the customer's house.

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Chris,  The new rig is looking great. I think the signage above looks great. good luck

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Chris I'm excited to see your truck when it's done. I have a second truck simular to yours and I'm in the process of redoing it. My other set up is a open trailer unit I'm enjoying it for the time being. Good luck keep us posted.

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I'm with you, I am not fond of ladders. I suggested a bucket truck to do this work and it seems like everyone shot me down on that idea.  Think about it, Pull in the driveway, jump in the bucket, t it up to the ridge and spray the back then spray the front and then you're done. Wow how can it get any easier. I understand some of the  members of this forum did not agree with  my idea about a bucket truck. Thats fine we can't all afford a bucket truck, but I can and i don't see how you can go wrong.

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thats  an interesting thought after you put it that way  but what about the exercise



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You know sometimes I must think dollar and sense about my business and not what would make things easier for me and toys for me to buy. the bucket truck would be a big exspense and if its a cheapo  it it going to leak oil all over the driveway ? I would just send my young help up on the roof and I would be the ground person?



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99% of the roof cleaners cant be wrong can they??

I like the idea, but it is a big expense.  However, its funny because I was just talking to a friend of mine who does not clean roofs but  pressure washes residential homes and he just picked one up for cheap this season.  He swears by it, but we'll see how it goes. I'm interested in the long-term maintenance and repair cost(s).

I'd imagine if you were going to buy one, now would be the time.  Can't imagine commercial dealers are moving many.

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I'm getting frustrated every-time I turn around I'm spending money on equipment and repairs. Every time you decide to venture into a new field you spend more money, it's hard to draw the line. The high lift is an perfect example.  You say to your self I need this so I can start doing high work  how ever its a huge exspense, and we need not to spend money during these tough economical times.

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I have rubber boots called MUCKS they are excellent boots the best boots I ever had. excellent grip as well. about 120 dollar boots. last a long time.

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