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WalkerMike98
01-21-2009, 10:27 PM
I currently have a 1 ton with a landscape body and two 3/4 ton trucks with trailers. I have been considering selling one of the 3/4 ton trucks and replacing it with a dump truck. I would like to hear from some of you who have dump trucks in service. Thanks Michael

Bigred350
01-21-2009, 10:52 PM
we have 3 of them. With 11 ft beds. Would not trade them for nothing.

PlatinumLandCon
01-21-2009, 10:55 PM
Go bigger than a 1-ton. Period.

zedosix
01-21-2009, 11:41 PM
I would have a look at either Fords f550 or gmc's 5500 series. They don't usually cost a whole lot more and they will carry twice the load while still being legal.

Lucky Star Lawn Care
01-22-2009, 06:49 AM
Just got myself a 1ton dump and love it..wish i wouldn't of waited so long!

wrtenterprises
01-22-2009, 08:31 AM
I have (2), and they make great dumpsters on wheels. We use one to pull a mowing trailer, and one for the landscaping end of the biz. Great to be able to throw misc. yard waste in the back, and pull the lever when you need room. They use more gas, but the convenience, towing, and hauling far out weighs the gas mileage issue IMHO....

White Gardens
01-22-2009, 09:46 AM
I've got an F-350 with an 8 foot mason dump. 2 tons is all I get in there and 4 would be much better, but I'm not complaining too hard. I love having a larger truck to pull equipment with and the dump makes my life easier.

Capacity wise, I'm always looking to replace it with a f-450. I think a 550 is too much for what I do and the licensing is that much more yearly on a 550.

I'm also a fan of any ford with a power stroke 7.3 diesel.

Sunscaper
01-22-2009, 11:46 AM
Having a 1 ton dump I agree with these guys 110%. Get at least a 450 or 4500 series. You can haul a few ton or a 1-ton but I cannot keep tires on my f-350 dump more than 18k miles. Also, You will stop alot safer with the larger brakes, resale is a little better, many benefits i wish I had known of 4 years ago when i purchased.

White Gardens
01-23-2009, 03:17 PM
Having a 1 ton dump I agree with these guys 110%. Get at least a 450 or 4500 series. You can haul a few ton or a 1-ton but I cannot keep tires on my f-350 dump more than 18k miles. Also, You will stop alot safer with the larger brakes, resale is a little better, many benefits i wish I had known of 4 years ago when i purchased.


I hear you on that, My f-350 dually dump is great for what I do, but sometimes I wished I had held out for the capacity of a 450, and four wheel disk brakes.

Good thing is though, I've got an excellent dump body, snow plow, and could stick it on a 450 chassis.

treeman06
01-24-2009, 07:28 PM
keep in mind though when you get a bigger truck, and then when you put a trailer on it, you will need a cdl, and so will employees.

Fiano Landscapes
01-24-2009, 09:25 PM
I would have to agree with everyone on this one as well. We have a 06 f-550 I love the thing. The only thing I would change is that it is a crew cab. This was great when we didn't have many trucks, but now it's kind of wasted space. We just picked up an older f-750 it has a huge bed on it can't wait to get some use out of it.

ford550
01-24-2009, 09:32 PM
I have 4-F550 crew cab dumps, a '99 7.3L, '05 and '06 6.0L and a '08 6.4L. Would not trade them for the world. Anything smaller is useless in our industry in my opinion. Everything is bigger on the 550's....rears, brakes, etc. Once you go big, you'll never go back. With a 550 you can haul 4-5 ton legally, feels like nothing in those trucks. I also have a tri-axle, so if the 550's can't do it, that one can.

Fiano Landscapes
01-24-2009, 09:39 PM
The crew cab factor for us just doesn't seem to work out very well. We always seem to be taking multiple trucks to the job any way. The ended up finding out that with the extra crew portion of the cab, ford has to account for that by changing the gearinging in the truck. Most of the time three people are in the truck now. I have a friend of mine that has the same truck, but regular cab, and he gets alot more mpg than me.

White Gardens
01-25-2009, 07:26 PM
The crew cab factor for us just doesn't seem to work out very well. We always seem to be taking multiple trucks to the job any way. The ended up finding out that with the extra crew portion of the cab, ford has to account for that by changing the gearinging in the truck. Most of the time three people are in the truck now. I have a friend of mine that has the same truck, but regular cab, and he gets alot more mpg than me.

I like the regular cab for plowing. Makes for a better turning radius when plowing snow.

Here's my dream truck. Wish it was a 550 though.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___F-450-DIESEL-4X4-FLAT-BED-STAKE-POCKETS-DUALLY_W0QQitemZ150322499124QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?has h=item150322499124&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A317|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

Turf Logic
01-26-2009, 06:45 PM
Like most of these guys said, do not waste your time with a ton truck. A 450 or 550 is the way to go. IM not disagreeing but it depends on what type of job you are working on but I wont buy a truck for my installation crews that is not crewcab.