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Big week this week. Lots of cool stuff on new turf research, end-of-year plans and why your truck is now the most-stolen vehicle in America.
- Research on how the urban forest cleans the air we breathe.
- Related: A worthwhile tree cause.
- Sharing water savings.
- When your boat is sinking.
- A to-do list for the rest of the year. (via Marty)
- F-250s are now the most-stolen vehicle. Lock up those pick-ups.
- Post-LCO business model.
- Above: Cool stuff from iTurfAppsLive.
Lots of cool turf news this week, some more brain-twisting than others. Also: Why you should keep your tailgate up. Have a good week.
- Home sales are at their highest level in three years.
- 400-year-old frozen plant brought back to life. Thanks, science! (via NYBG)
- Go deeper: Your cousin, the blade of grass.
- Positive turfgass news from EPA.
- Truck aerodynamics info from GM.
- Related: Mythbusters on the enternal tailgate up-or-down debate.
- Above: The Detroit Mower Gang. Another reason the Motor City is full of badasses.
Earlier this year, we sent Carolyn LaWell, one of our contributing editors, up to Detroit for a few days to get the latest on new technology and options available for work trucks in the landscaping industry. She filed this report for our November edition, and sent along a separate note about how contractors can best work with upfitters to get the most bang for their truck budget.
To completely understand the time and costs involved, consult with an upfitter before buying a cab chassis. The upfitter probably won’t spec the chassis or recommend what manufacturer to buy from, but they can offer advice.
“Since our sales staff works with many customers that have bought different brands of trucks, they may have an idea of what’s working better for some companies than others and what kind of features they have,” says Aaron Breitkreutz, a design drafter for Truck Bodies Equipment International (TBEI), the parent company for brands Crysteel, Ox Bodies, Rugby, DuraClass and J-Craft.
It’s important to go in with an idea of what the truck will be used for and what upgrades are necessary. It’s also important to keep an open mind and ask questions. “The upfitter may have a lot of different options that a normal customer doesn’t know about, but that would work great for them,” he says. “Ask a lot of questions.”
Another consideration is how much time the body might take to design, if necessary, and install. Breitkreutz says it could take at least four weeks for a custom design build and install job. “If they order their equipment from us around the same time they order their truck, it’s probably at our place for a week, a week and a half at the most,” he says.
No matter what, companies looking to purchase cabs with chassis will more than likely need to work with an upfitter.
“Almost all the time, a customer is going to buy a truck and have someone up-fit it for them,” Breitkreutz says. Dealers don’t want to purchase bodies and limit the number of customers that may be interested in the option sitting on the lot. “That’s just the way the economy is now. You don’t see stock trucks just going to a dealership already with a body on it.”
Here’s our weekly digest of cool stuff from the web. Enjoy!
- Tips on helping landscapes recover from flooding.
- Zero-turns on Dancing with the Stars. That is all.
- Very cool program for Spanish speakers in the Denver area. (via CoCal Landscape)
- Best and worst vehicles for insurance claims and injuries.
- Brooklyn’s Weeping Elm.
- Above: Next time your in Vegas, call up Zappos. They’ll pick you up for a free tour of their new HQ.
We’re on the road this week. Brian’s in Nashville testing new Ram trucks, and I’m headed out to Chicago to visit Ball Horticulture’s display gardens.
We’re headed into a warm spell here in Ohio (read: low 40s), which has the birds singing, snow melting and traces of turf peeking through. It also means lots of mud everywhere, which always makes me think of this song.
So whether you’re a fan of Fords, Dodges or Chevies, here’s to a 2011 where we get some things unstuck. (And no offense to any Hutterites out there.)