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450/550 dump vs dump trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnGuy110, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    Late this season/ or early next season we plan on possibly getting another truck and dump trailer, or a 450/550 dump. I used the search function and couldnt really find what I was looking for. A little info, we do mainly residential mowing/landscaping. So here is the question. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a 450/550 dump vs a dump trailer other than price? Thanks for the help in advance:clapping:
  2. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 821

    Dump trucks you have to pay insurance on, so that's the advantage of a dump trailer. The 550 dump could be a nice plow truck, if you plow. Both are useful no matter what. Good luck with your decision.
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  3. E-mans Hardscapes

    E-mans Hardscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I don't like how slow the dump trailer dumps. It can be used as a equipment hauler which is a plus. Skid or mini.

    I like the 550 if your hauling a lot of material. Easy to back in to tight spaces. But if it's one or the other I don't think you can go wrong with a dump trailer. Cheaper to buy. Cheaper to maintain.
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  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,233

    I have a dump trailer. The main advantage I can see is being able to haul materials in the truck and tow a trailer with equipment. This is quite a bit more expensive though. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    Do you dump or haul equip daily? Then get a truck. Dump trailer is more for occasional or float use IMO
  6. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    We do mulch for probably half of the year. This is our first year running a full time mulch crew
  7. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I have both. F-550 and a dump trailer.

    I need another dump trailer and hope to get one later this year. Cost of ownership, as said above, is obviously cheaper. My advice is this- buy the dump trailer first. Truck is great, don't get me wrong, Trailer is versatile and cheap, compared to a dump truck. Fuel, repairs, insurance on our 550 are costly. Dump trailer has cost us tires. Maybe a couple batteries. That's it.
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    If youre doing tons of mulch something to consider is a truck can dump straight into wheelbarrows, a trailer cant.
  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,097

    We are leaning more and more towards buying another dump trailer. If we plowed snow in the winter, the choice would be obvious, but since we dont, the dump trailer is probably the way to go. That being said. We already have a 6x12 brimar dump trailer. Would you get another 6x12 or go bigger?
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    What size truck?

    I'm still waiting on my 16 foot lol
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