1/2 ton with dump insert

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JFGLN, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 941

    Truckcraft sells an aluminum dump insert that weighs 420 lbs. Would this work well with a 1/2 ton pick up? This set up would be used to haul grass clippings and mulch. I currently use a ford 1 ton diesel that gets 12 mpg(no dump) and I'am looking for better mpg at a reasonable cost. Diesel here is $4.34 a gallon.

    Here's a link to the insert,

    http://www.truckcraft.com/productDetail.asp?id=2&cID
     
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    It would probably work OK. You could haul around 1,000 lbs. or so in the bed without overloading the rear axle. I doubt your city mileage would be that much better than 12, although gas is cheaper. If you put an insert in your F350 than you could carry 3,000 lbs. Personally I think the extra fuel cost of a HD pickup is well worth it for the extra weight capacity.
     
  3. SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE

    SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    Read your owners manual & see what the payload of your truck is!!!!! This will determine how much you can safely carry with your truck. I did the research. I would have had to sell my F150 & purchase an F250 to effectively add a dump insert and still have a reasonable payload of 2000 pounds. :walking:
     
  4. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 941

    I wonder how much a load of wet grass weighs.
     
  5. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    $4800.;). I priced a ez dumper few weeks ago for $2300/cab guard. I know a few guys that have them, and no problems w/them yet. Keep the diesel, and get a dump for half the $$
     
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    downeaster stainless steel insert. power up/power down, cab guard, etc. Costs upwards of $6,000 but one of the best investments yet. I have friends that have ezdump and truckcrafts and they all tell me they wish they had mine because of the durability and simplicity.
     
  7. terribentti

    terribentti LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    check out the dump-pro.com website. they might be less expensive for your F-150.
     
  8. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Posts: 1,017

    for a half ton i would go with a loadhandler. you could alwas build boxes to keep the mulch from getting stuck behid the wheel wells.
     
  9. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 941

    I bought an 08 Chev 1 ton. It has an extended cab and a 9' dump bed. The cost of this set up was similar to the cost of a 3/4 ton with dump insert.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,097

    I would not put a dump insert in a 1/2 ton. I'm not sure it would een be worth it in a 3/4 ton. I was going to get that tc-120 truckcaft for my 06 f250 but when it all came down to the nitty gritty, I can haul more on my 16' trailer than I could in the insert. Plus that insert is nice but its quite pricey!
     

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