Q: Why did you choose a Chevy 2500 Crew Cab for your landscaping business?

A: My crew cab is ideal because with my business I have to pull lots of heavy equipment and move heavy materials. It's a three-quarter ton truck, and it has an Allison transmission, which allows me to hit a button in the cab which will change the gear ratio allowing me to haul very heavy things easily. I can even switch to manual from automatic.

Security is also a big factor for me. Sometimes I'm working in areas where there is some, let’s just say, riffraff. That's why I went with the crew cab because then I can put all my expensive cordless drills and smaller power tools in the cab and lock them up and not have to worry about the riffraff.

Q: What equipment is on your truck to make your job easier?

A: I use the trailer hitch a lot. We hook up dump trailers and pull Bobcat stump grinders and excavators. One of the main reasons why I chose this truck was because it came with the tow package. In the future, I would love to add a nice toolbox that has compartments on it that goes against the back window. I would like to have a lumber rack.

"I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank and would carry a good payload." - Bernie, Landscaper

Q: What things did you consider before purchasing your pickup truck?

A: I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank and would carry a good payload. I wanted a truck that would also give me all the flexibility that I need to haul gravel, turf and landscaping equipment.

It took me probably six months to find a truck to purchase because I bought it used. It's a 2006. I did a lot of shopping online, and then I happened to see it one day sitting in the car lot. I went and checked it out. We haggled a little bit, and they ended up going with what I offered them.

Q: If you could change anything about your landscaping truck, what would it be?

A: Gas mileage is a big thing. I get about half as much with this truck as I did with my Tacoma. If Toyota made a full-size truck, a three-quarter ton truck, I would have gone with a Toyota. But they don't, so I went with Chevy. If money was no object, I would like to have a brand new 7x12 foot dump trailer and a brand new Bobcat 250 with pallet forks and trencher unit. I would also like to have a Chevy 3500 instead of a Chevy 2500.