Dump trailer or dump truck??????

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nobagger, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I looking at a few different options. Here's my dilemma, we have been pounded with snow this year, actually we're the second highest city for snow amounts. I have a dumpbed insert in my truck but it is carrying my liquid set up and I don't feel like removing it. I'm so tired of trying to rely on other people for dumps to haul the snow away. Not to mention thats money I could be putting in my pocket. So, I was looking at used dump trucks and found nothing but JUNK! for 5-6k. Then I was thinking about a dump trailer, I would be buying a 14k gvw so down the road I could also haul a skid steer. I also would use it for a huge leaf removal set up, delivery of mulch in excess of 5yrds, hauling stone, etc. The pros of a dump bed.....no mechanical break downs, many uses, low maintenance, in general a lower cost of ownership. Cons.....about the worst thing I can think of if backing it into places but I'm really good with trailer's so I really dont think its a con.
  2. Check the insurance on a small dump truck. It's insane!
  3. paradisescaper

    paradisescaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    i own a dumptruck the ins. is 200/mth. but i still like the dump trailer i think you should go that route. the best part i think would be leafs have aloader between your truck and trailer you could fit like 10-15-20 yards that would be awesome
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    dump trailer.

    that way you can leave the trailer at a job site while your guys are moving materials into it.

    you can't do that with a dump truck.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    trailer vote here.
  6. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    I have a trailer, its great. But dump trucks definetaly have their place too. I would go with the truck.
  7. nnj18

    nnj18 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,860

    Since you only have one truck, I would get a dump truck. You will have to used the F-250 whenever you need to move the dump trailer. And what about in the fall when you're doing fall cleanups? Can't tow two trailers with one truck.

    I looked in buying a dump trailer this year, but I can't run around two trailers with one truck. Also you're now left without a vehicle if you ever send a worker to go dump...jmo

    If you make your price range $10-15k you'd find yourself a very nice truck with lower miles......$5-6k isn't going to buy you crap.
  8. W.L.M.

    W.L.M. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 525

    I would agree with the dump trailer, they are really nice for doing mulch and fall clean ups. All pro west down in mechanicsburg has a bunch of nice ones and deliver anywhere in pa if you didn't want to travel.
  9. Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape

    Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    You already have a dump insert... I have a similar set up except mine is a 1 ton with a true dump bed once i bought a dump trailer I could not believe the benefits and how often you use it
  10. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Posts: 1,019

    not to argue against dump trailers but that isn't the route i went. as someone mentioned earlier i would have had to have had 2 trucks going to the site anyway. instead i got one of those $4000.00 pos dump trucks. so far couldn't be any happier with it. gas engine drinks the gas but when i need it it's always there. it carries the load fine just slow. maintenance is very easy and so far it hasn't been expensive to own. with the way my insurance is set up i pay for miles i drive and this has allowed me to minimize the insurance expense. as far as the bed and body i don't purposely dent or scratch it but if something does its no big deal. a rock or concrete dent in the bed turns more to a beauty mark. dump trailers aren't bad and have their place but i would guess more larger companies have started with old pos dump trucks. it must mean something that there are so many still around. one thing it sounds like between snow and leaves as your primary loads you wouldn't becarrying heavy a trailer may be better in your case. but if you are looking to get into more dirt work it is nice to leave a jobsite with a load and your machine on the trailer at the same time. as opposed to emptying your trailer then returning to the job to pick up your machine.
    good luck,

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