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Irwin97
04-20-2011, 07:51 PM
Howdy everyone!

We've been busy this season. This is our 3rd year going and we are starting to haul/dump more mulch, top soil, spring/fall cleaning etc than we've before. We are doing this w/ our 7x16 open trailer and its a little bit hassle.

So my question is: Which one will benefit us more by buying a 8 ft dump truck vs 16 ft dump trailer?

Any thoughts or pro/con will be great.

Thank!

Puddle of Oil
04-20-2011, 08:48 PM
Well what's your budget? Trailers are much cheaper and don't have a tranny and engine to replace. However you have a limit at the amount of times you can dump on the trailer battery unless you can hook it to the alternator. Backing up can be a pain as well.

nobagger
04-20-2011, 09:00 PM
I just saw a sweet trailer/dump trailer combo on e bay the other day. The first 10ft was an open trailer with large side ramp and the second half was a 10 or 12ft dump trailer. I'm thinking that would be an awesome fall clean up rig.
There's a few things I don't like about a dump trailer, it sits too low, you need a lot of room to dump. They can get very heavy and your using a vehicle to tow it around with vs. a dump truck. Dump trucks sit a bit higher and can dump in tighter spots, one vehicle to do the same thing, one less thing to register. Just my thoughts.

scagrider22
04-20-2011, 09:09 PM
Do you plow snow? A trailer is not very helpful in the winter. I have both and the dump truck is by far more useful.

Irwin97
04-20-2011, 09:17 PM
Puddle of Oil: Budget is not a problem for our company ( we eventually will need one of them one way or other ).

Nobagger: Yep - I've seen lot of dump trailer siting low and that might pose problem as far as where I work and do service.

scagrider22: Our company's planning on add snow plowing/removal service by upcoming season.

R & R Yard Designs
04-20-2011, 09:29 PM
You can haul more in the trailer. So we went with that at first and use it every day for grass. It's easier for use to bring two trucks to some places. We may get 10-14 yards of grass and one place sometimes can't do that with a dump truck.
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Coastal Lawn Maintenance
04-20-2011, 10:18 PM
I have them both. Started with the trailer and the bought the truck they both have there places. Trailer is cheaper to buy, less maintenance cost, less registration and insurance. down side need another truck to move it around, yes the battery due die. The dump truck cost more up front. higher maintenance cost. more for registration and insurance. can get in to tight er places. but each has there place and I'm glad that i have both of them it nice after a day of mowing to back up pull two pins and dump and go.

PerfectEarth
04-20-2011, 10:25 PM
Have both... had the trailer first and that's probably what I would advise. So what if it sits in the winter, it's still very versatile. In fact the dump trailer gets towed everyday by the dump truck (dump truck carries the tools, lol)! We would rather work out of the dump trailer for almost everything! Someone said they "sit too low" but that's the best thing about a dump trailer. Also good for ramping wheelbarrows into... we do that a lot. You can fit more in it. I see more and more guys this year with dump trailers.

BUT Be sure to have a truck that can handle the weight!!

scagrider22
04-20-2011, 10:52 PM
Have both... had the trailer first and that's probably what I would advise. So what if it sits in the winter, it's still very versatile. In fact the dump trailer gets towed everyday by the dump truck (dump truck carries the tools, lol)! We would rather work out of the dump trailer for almost everything! Someone said they "sit too low" but that's the best thing about a dump trailer. Also good for ramping wheelbarrows into... we do that a lot. You can fit more in it. I see more and more guys this year with dump trailers.

BUT Be sure to have a truck that can handle the weight!!

If you lived in the snow belt you wouldnt want the trailer over another truck that can make money year round. To the OP, if your going to push snow the truck is the way to go, if your not then its a coin toss.

Irwin97
04-20-2011, 11:06 PM
R & R: We do lot of mowing and mulch/top soil work year round then we have firewood in winter + plan on add snow plowing next year so we are steering toward truck.

Coastal: Can agree w/ insurance, cheaper etc. We don't really able to get two of them at this time.

Perfect Earth: Where we work often - got lot hills, back up etc so low part still worries me. However when I make runs to landfill - almost everyone's haul dump trailer.

scagrider22: We don't exactly live in snow belt but we do spend winters in parts of western md where it avg easy over 100' snow a yr so obv truck will suit us better.

wahlturfcare
04-20-2011, 11:11 PM
you need to remember, with a dump trailer you need a good truck to pull the trailer around like a 3/4 or 1 ton. i've have a dump trailer and didnt like it as it was a pain using. Now all i use is dump trucks.

cat320
04-21-2011, 08:32 AM
I have a 6x12 cam dump i love it but hate it at the same time . it is great for carrieing more than a dump i can carry the bobcat inside it but when it comes for trying to back it into small spots or park it in tight areas it's a pain also the dump ing part i think it spreads the dirt out farther because the bed is lower

MDLawn
04-22-2011, 10:43 PM
I've seen this question pop up regularly. I really think the guys who have the dump truck and dump trailer have the best thing going. To set a different tone to this I think my pickup truck is the most useless piece of equipment. Pickups for landscaping work, not lawn mowing, seem kind of useless. Dump trucks can haul more volume and dump stuff rather than shoveling it out of a pickup. I have a dump trailer and like the trailer for what it can hold compared to a 1 ton dump truck. If I can pick up a dump it's CDL time for me for hauling the dump trailer (14k), something to keep in mind. The trailer is cheaper and hopefully I can invest in a dump truck (450-550 type) some day when the work calls for it. I love my pickup and wont get rid of it but want a dump to replace it for working.

Petr51488
04-24-2011, 10:32 PM
Most trucks will charge the battery in the dump trailer from daily driving. Well, atleast mine does. I've yet to replace my battery in the 3-4 years that i've owned it.

JB1
04-24-2011, 10:45 PM
get a truck with dump, you won't regret it.

Irwin97
04-28-2011, 03:27 PM
Want to say thanks everyone who left comment and their feedbacks. I've decide that I will go down with dump truck route.

It seem to have more pro than con verus owning dump trailer. It will meet all my needs and more so forth.

So again - thanks for make my choice easier!

jbkitley
05-04-2011, 04:07 PM
hey Irwin- Let me know which way you go. I am in the same spot, but think I am going with the trailer. My tax man says it is easier to write off new equipment, and a new dump truck isn't going to fit my wallet. Has anyone looked at these dump trailers (http://www.trailersplus.com)?

Irwin97
05-04-2011, 04:26 PM
jbkitley - I've decide to go down with Dump Truck route ... it got more pro than con for me.

- Hauling/Dump Mulch and yard waste faster/easier
- Hauling/Dump Firewoods
- Back up in tight spots
- Can pull our upcoming enclosed trailer
- Snow removal/plowing
- ETC

Even though it going to cost us more money but we feel it going to benfit us much more than trailer can with our business esp that we will use truck lot during winter in Western MD where we get heavy snow during these months.

Good luck!

jbkitley
05-04-2011, 04:30 PM
thanks Irwin. Wish I had the funds. Drive safely.