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dump trailer or dump truck ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by greenspaceny, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. greenspaceny

    greenspaceny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    My business is in the middle of our second season. Next spring I plan on purchasing a truck or trailer. We are a firm in upstate new york. 20% maintenance 80% design and build. Right now we are running one crew of myself, one full time team member and one part time member. Running my pick up truck and my foreman's truck. We rely on my suppliers currently for all of our material deliveries. I'm planning on starting a second crew next year. I would appreciate any advice .
    Thank You,
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    What;'s your budget?
  3. greenspaceny

    greenspaceny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I have a budget of 10,000.00
  4. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    if you went the trailer route......

    do you have a truck that can pull it?
    how will you load and unload it?
    are you looking at a dump trailer?

    Dump insert for the pick up?
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    It really depends on the quantity of material you get. If you can fit it all in a dump bed, I'd go that route. If you are needing something larger, go w/ a trailer. Really you will end up spending close to the same either route.
  6. greenspaceny

    greenspaceny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I have a 2003 chevy 4x4 2500hd
    looking at bri-mar 6x10 or 12 trailers/ no trucks just yet
    hauling mulch,crusher,plant material,etc
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    How many yards at a time do you want to haul ?

    A dump trailer will eventually just kill your pickup because your hauling more weight than you would be with a 1.5 or 2 ton dump truck.

    Another problem with a dump trailer how are you supposed to get into tight spaces.

    For 10 grand you won't get much of a dump truck it will be a well worn out one.
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    i say buy both. in the paper today is a 1995 gmc 3500hd 454 gas 52,000 miles for sale for $6,000 i think a truck like that is a good investment not too many miles not to big not to small. going with a gas engine will save you some money also and a 454 will still have enoght power to pull. so with 4k left you could still by a dump trailer or bobcat trailer or somthing else to help your bus. grow and make work easier.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    You want to stay away from the GMC 3500HD they are not the best truck they have quite afew problems. The 454 would kill you in fuel at 5-6 mpg it will cost you a easy 15 dollars per hour to run that truck.
  10. greenspaceny

    greenspaceny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    4-5 yards at a time, maybe more if just hauling mulch. With my approx budget i was looking for a truck that could get me through 3-4 years. Not that i want to be throwing money out the window! But even with maintenance it could still help me grow and be more productive.
    I appreciate all the comments guys!

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