dump or dump trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BLC1, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    Run the pros and cons of having a dump truck or dump trailer...
     
  2. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
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    Depending on the job pretty much payload
     
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    Depends on size of each

    trailer on a pickup=cheaper insurance than dump truck
    trucks carry the weight better
    Trailer- lower height can be loaded with just about anything and you can do haul aways without a chipper or leaf loader but fills up pretty quick
     
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A trailer can haul much more weight that a truck pulling it, as mentioned before the height is lower making it easier to load. Advantages of a dump (or pickup with dump insert) are that the higher floor height makes dumping in a pile easier, and the big one is you can put a truck into tight spaces that you'd never dream of putting a trailer. You just have to figure out what will work better for you.
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    trailers wont haul more weight. We dont know what the dump truck is. Could be a international or F550-750
     
  6. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    It would be a one ton dump. I didn't think about the low sides for loading. That does make a good point.

    I have seen a couple people who have ramps so they can pull their skid steer right up in the trailer as well.
     
  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A dump trailer will weigh in at 4k and to stay under the 10 k CDL number that will give you 3 ton of legal capacity. Once you get into a trailer over 10k you must have a class A cdl . A f450 with a landscape dump will weigh between 10 and 11k and a GVW of 16k gives you 2.5 - 3 ton. A 550 will weigh about the same and gives you up to 3500 #s more capacity but if you register it at 19.500 you cant leagally tow a 7k trailer with out going over the magical 26k Which throws you into the CDL range again. A 450-550 truck is nice but they are expensive to run.
     
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    The 10k CDL myth pops up once again. YOu can tow as much as you want. Your GC needs to stay under 26k.
     
  9. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    not in Maryland !
     
  10. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
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    or in PA..... any trailer ober 10K requires a CDL. This has been confirmed by a DOT officer I spoke with.
     

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