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Weekly round-up

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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.


July 12th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Weekend round-up

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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.


June 2nd, 2013 at 8:33 pm

More truck for your buck

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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.”

You can see Carolyn’s full report – with a breakdown of new offerings from all major truck companies – in our November issue, and read how suppliers are reading current economic tea leaves.


November 27th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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Weekly round-up

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Here’s our weekly digest of cool stuff from the web. Enjoy!




November 3rd, 2012 at 2:55 am

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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.

And since country music makes better songs about pick-up trucks than it does about downy mildew, I’ll leave you with the great Tim Hus.


August 9th, 2012 at 11:10 am

To getting unstuck in 2011

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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.)

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