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willretire@40
11-08-2012, 06:35 PM
I have a choice between 2 dump trailers. I have never owned one before.

2011 PJ Trailer New 5x10 single axle 5200 GVW $3k

2006 Bri-mar 6x10 tandem 7k GVW $2500

My current largest truck is a f-150 4.2l but getting an f250 before spring.

I only do lawn maintence and normally haul less then 5 yards of mulch. Anything larger I normally get delivered for $50.

I am buying this dump now for fall cleanups

Is there any advantage to a tandem or single axle besides payload?
What do I need to look out for when buying a used dump trailer?

jbrockmann
11-09-2012, 08:07 AM
I had a 5x8 single axle dump for about a year, then went up in size to a 6x10 tandem 10k. Big difference in amount of stuff you can haul, obviously. Glad I did. Would have gone bigger, say 12' but I have a tight storage area. The 10' still turns pretty sharp like the 5x8 did, so not much difference there. Pulling it with both f250 and the Chevy 1500, which does a great job with about 4k payload.
Bought 6x10 new because used dumps don't loose much value. Bought 5x8 used and sold it for the same amount a year later. Leaky hydraulics is about the only thing I'm aware of to look for. Just be aware that if you need to install new tires and a new battery, that will add serious $$ to the purchase price of a used one.

MDLawn
11-09-2012, 11:16 AM
You're always going to wish you had more room, more payload, more, more, more. If you're getting the F250 save the money and find a tandem with 12ft of bed length. I had a 6x10 that just ran out of room and payload too fast. I think I was able to squeeze 5 or 6 yards of mulch into it. It worked great but now with the 7x14 it just has so much more room. I can carry more product, two different products, haul the occasional small/medium size piece of equipment with room for materials too. Again get what you can afford and if you need bigger sell it. Look around they are more out there.

KrayzKajun
11-09-2012, 11:55 AM
Always go bigger than u need. In the past 3yrs ive had a 12' sold for a 16fter then sold for the 18fter i have now. Plan to keep the 18' and add a 24fter for storm/disaster work.
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dstifel
11-09-2012, 11:19 PM
I know a lot of guys say buy bigger then you need which is true for the most part but if your company is just a solo operator like myself who still works a full time job i disagree. If you know you can get away with a single axle for a couple years i would get that. Less breaks and tires to replace. Obviously won't be hauling as much so less wear and tear on your truck as well. For me i need everything to last for as long as absolutely possible. But if your business is rapidly growing then yes buy the biggest one you can. Myself will be looking for a 5x10 single axel next year.

justanotherlawnguy
11-09-2012, 11:43 PM
you have already made up your mind about the 10 footer, so why did you ask?

get the 12 foot tandem, the 10 footer is too small.

I am solo and my 14 footer is too small sometimes, its 7 years old and the bed is completely shot.

MDLawn
11-10-2012, 09:30 AM
I know a lot of guys say buy bigger then you need which is true for the most part but if your company is just a solo operator like myself who still works a full time job i disagree.

I work a full time and do this part time. Get whatever you want. I'm just speaking from experience.
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dstifel
11-10-2012, 09:45 AM
Like I said its just my opinion if my company was growing at good rates I agree but it's not something I use much so I don't want a ton of money ties up in it. I understand what your saying and for a lot of people it makes sense just not me.
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willretire@40
11-10-2012, 12:14 PM
I bought the tandem for $2500 it is a 2007 last night. great condtion also.
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MDLawn
11-10-2012, 02:04 PM
Good choice!
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willretire@40
11-10-2012, 11:15 PM
I figure if I need to go bigger then I shouldnt have a problem getting the same money that I paid for it a year down the road.