Readers' Rides


The casual observer in Ashland, Oregon, might think the pair of Regenesis Ecological Design service-body Chevys on the jobsite is identical. Actually one is Vortec powered and the other Duramax. Shown here is the gas half, a 2011 Chevy 2500 HD used mostly by the irrigation crew.

“This pickup doesn’t need to be diesel because it doesn’t haul a lot of weight,” says owner Zach Williams. “That saves us about $14,000 in initial cost compared to the diesel version.” (The diesel twin tows a 14,000-pound dump trailer and the company’s Kubota KX91 mini excavator.)

Williams orders his trucks from a commercial fleet dealer equipped with a standard TradeMaster service/utility body by Harbor Truck Bodies where irrigation manager Jon Siewert keeps parts and fittings well organized. – Larry Walton




Many of our readers move rock every day. Some do it with heavy equipment, some by hand. Darryl Wyatt, owner, Wyatt Drywall, is the latter.

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, rock hanger runs a trio of full-size Toyota Tundras and two Chevy in his 20-year-old business. He just bought a used 2WD ‘08 Tundra from Tuscaloosa Toyota.

He had local Truck Supply & Outfitters equip it with UWS toolboxes, Warn’s M8000 winch, brush/grille guard, lights, 20-inch Nitto Terra Grapplers, Ultra wheels and tube nerf steps.

“A nice winch is cheaper than spending an extra $5,000 on a 4×4,” Wyatt says. “If I get stuck, I just reach for the winch control instead of turning the 4WD switch.” – Bruce W. Smith