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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by blackve76, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. blackve76

    blackve76 Well-Known Member

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    After some advice on guys with tradie vehicle

    Been running a small business for a few years(while working full time) basically handyman but working mainly on rental property's do exit cleans gardens general property maintenance. Took redundancy 6 months ago and business is flat out now got work from 2 real estate agencys I've been using the family car LPG VE berlina sedan and has worked well so far tows trailers fine and tools etc in boot and back seat(packaged in crates). Being lpg has been cheap to run

    Lads about to get full licence so he will get the Berlina so looking at a tradie base car/ute van

    So many options out there new /2nd hand

    Commodore wagon/ute(pros love commodore, cons tooling harder to access need ute with canopy.
    Ranger hilux(pros towing cons bigger not fun to drive need canopy)
    Mondeo wagon(can get ford dirt cheap as misses runs fleet) Unknown
    Van??

    What are guys using and find good bad?

    I've got some bigger jobs lately putting up a fence, pergola etc so roof racks for ladder a must.
     
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    tradies all seem to drive hilux/colorado/amorok/ranger these days at about a million miles an hour.

    if i was a handyman i'd probably be curmudgeonly and drive an SS/HSV ute and keep her looking shmick - reason, i appreciate a nice V8 ute. practically yeah it's a tough sell.
     
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    Lucky already got a V8 Ute but a 239/247 cam isn't a daily.
    I personally don't get the 4wd dual cab Tradie thing as tray small and cab small
     
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    .. I do similar
    and would never use a wagon.. just a PITA in my experience

    If i was doing it fulltime, I would get a Holden or Fraud ute
    or a Ranger/Colorado/HiLux as a proper tradies vehicle
     
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    The I see the wagon as a pain.

    Been told to get a van but just can't see myself in one daily, my vs might only be a Berlina but with suspension mods and good tyres is still fun through the Adelaide hills.

    Commodore Ute with canopy might be OK.
     
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    Sounds like you're trying to dual purpose it too much. You need to look at it as a tool for your business and its ability to help you run it better.

    You're asking about advice for a tradie car, but still want to run through the hills. Well, what do you want it to do?
     
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    Trailer could be the go.

    Wouldn't rule out vans just yet, everybody I've talked to who has driven a diesel iLoad has said they're super torque-y.
     
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    Drove one of those (iLoad rental) Sydney to Melbourne return. It drove really well for a commercial van. (It's a work vehicle, not a sports car)
    I would prefer that to a ute or trailer, ie load height, and you don’t get yourself or your gear as wet if it rains.
    A cargo barrier and load restraints inside are a must.
     
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    From a "Work Vehicle Only" point of view I would suggest a Toyota Hiace van.....Petrol or diesel will come down to personal preference.
    I had a petrol one that was setup for doing forklift field service a few years ago, it got along really well considering what I used to cart around in it all the time.
    It used to have on board at all times:
    All of my tools
    Air compressor
    A large vice that was setup on a 4" box steel slide so it extended out through the back door when you wanted to use it.
    Oxy/acetylene bottles
    Spare gas cylinder for a forklift
    2 shelving racks full of spare parts
    20 & 60 litre drums of oil for the forklift fleet, plus a few empty drums that were used to transport the waste oil.
    And that is just what I remember off the top off my head.

    What I liked about it:
    Security of your tools & equipment being inside the vehicle whenever you are away from it.
    Numerous options available to deck out the rear cargo area to suit your specific kind of work.
    Everything was setup with safety in mind...Cargo barrier installed & restraints were used for other equipment that was onboard.

    What I didn't like about it:
    Your legs being part of the crumple zone in the event of a front end accident
    Other than that, I liked it and it served it's purpose well
     
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    I use the ve SS Ute for work with a soft canopy and ladder racks.

    There are only 2 downsides
    1/ fuel use ain’t too flash
    2/ its just about impossible to keep the rear panels scratch and dent free. A tray is much better in that regard.


    A company I do work for use an extra cab Toyota ute with the suicide doors. It makes the tray bigger and gives sonewhere to store a fridge and occasial passengers. Once the commodore is past it’s used by date I’d prob go something like this.
     
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    Guess you didn't know it is illegal to carry oxy/acetylene cylinders inside a van.
    I agree hiace van is best for handyman.
     
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    a mate of mine (who I have known since we went to primary school together) is a builder
    registered .. all that builds houses. He had one of those but one thing made him get rid of it
    .. long pieces of anything guttering downpipe timber framing have be up on top and tied down
    for transport but there was never enuff space for his ladders AND what ever he was picking up.

    He went the Fraud ute tray back with builders canopy (lockable etc) AND a trailer with matching
    storage box with Storage racks for the timber guttering etc. His ladders went on top of the ute box
     
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    I drive through some twisty bits in hills for work so after something I can still enjoy(maybe that doesn't exist)
     
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    I,delivering use my VE as Ute but with cam etc and only 36k on it and mint condition she's a keeper till I die.
    What lengthy gear can you get on racks
     
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    Thinking that might be the combo, already have trailer set up for garden work but getting more pergola guttering jobs that I enjoy and $$$$ are awesome
     
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    Yep I'd be going a FG ute with an alloy tray/canopy/ladder rack etc. if you want something more comfortable than a tradie ute/van. That said most of my mates now including myself have moved towards having a daily/work car then weekenders/cars for enjoying the rest of the time. As especially as a tradie its very hard to get a compromise in the middle that does both well.
     
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    This is the answer.....an engaging drive with plenty of room for shelving, huge roof space for carrying long items and will easily tow a decent size trailer.

    "The most fantastic vehicle ever imagined"

     
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    Guess you didn't know that if you are using what is known as a gas cabinet, and follow a few simple guidelines that it is an acceptable form of storage and transport of gas cylinders in an enclosed vehicles.
    These gas cabinets are available from your gas suppliers and workplace health & safety equipment suppliers.

    Edit:
    There is danger involved with the transport of any type and size of gas cylinder, no matter what type of vehicle is being used.
     
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    Anything 3m is fine. I sometimes carry 4m lengths of small dia pvc and they are fine at freeway speeds if braced with a ladder or timber.

    I’ve recently had 10x 140x45 @ 6m long timber beams. Just a short distance they were fine but not at freeway speeds and probably not ideal with about 1.5m overhanging the rear.

    I prob wouldn’t use your pristine Ute for trade work. Buy a std or mild modified one. Perferably 18” wheels so u can use 100 load rated tyres
     
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