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Anyone Use a DumpKit?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by G-K, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. G-K

    G-K LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Posts: 4

    After months of lurking I have joined.

    I will be going into my second season of lawncare and Ive learned lots from this site.

    Backround: Been a plow driver for 6 years. LAst year I bought a truck and did my own thing since with success. Was a drywaller / handyman most of the time until a family friend needed help mowing lawns twice a week. This was last season and I learned alot from him about the biz. Now Im really getting into this ( got some plow contracts to sign for lawn work). Id rather push a mower in the great outdoors allday than lift 5/8 in a dusty construction site.

    enough rif raf.

    Im not sold on the Idea of a dump insert. A dump kit seems more Ideal. Lot less added weight , cost is less (costs aboot $1000) and honestly I like the bed of my truck the way it is.
    I want my truck to dump for the same reason most of you do.

    Please list your opinions.

    oh its a 97 chevy 2500 6.5 diesel :canadaflag:
  2. AceFinish

    AceFinish LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    I would just trade the truck now for a 1 ton dump truck or get a dump trailer if you not going to need it for salt the dump trailer can be a cheaper and better option for a guy just starting to get in the biz
  3. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    how would a dump trailer be cheaper? a new dump trailer will go for anywhere from $2500 and up, while a dump kit for the pickup--not a dump insert I assume--would be about $1000.
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    Do you mean the type of kit that turns your existing pickup into a dump bed? I've been thinking of the same thing, but I'm also looking for opinions...

  5. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    I dont have personal experience but i would think you would have to be careful with the dump kits because with heavier materials i would think the bed would tend to flex and could eventualy over time possibly crack the spot welds but i may be wrong.
  6. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    yea, i would think that too.

    if I do end up buying one of these, I might just have one of my welder friends stiffen up the underside of the bed.
  7. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I personally would get a dump insert various reasons. I have 2 one ton dumps, great trucks but between gas and no personal use I would definately go insert on 1.
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    The factory bed on your truck is not made to lift and dump. It will bend and welds will break after a couple of months depending on how often you us it. There is a guy around here that tried to take the cheap way out and bought a dump kit. You will save yourself a couple thousand today, to spenf several thousand later. :hammerhead:
  9. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 346

    If you want to keep your truck and make it a dump without a dump insert then make it a flatbed dump. The stock bed will break and twist.
  10. G-K

    G-K LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Posts: 4

    alright so a kit is a bad idea. thanks for the input everyone.

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