Dump trailers?? Good idea??

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by EverestLandscape, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. EverestLandscape

    EverestLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    Thinking about getting a dump trailer but not sure if it's worth it. You can't fit wheel barrows under them for mulch or anything else. So i was hoping i can get some pro's and con's about dump trailers from you guys to help my decision. Thanks a lot
     
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not sure what you mean by this. You mean, under the back edge to scoot much into them without lifting the shovel off the floor of the trailer?

    If that's what you mean, a deck-over dump trailer would be high enough for that I think... It's not that big a deal though.

    Pros-

    Cheaper than a dump truck
    Easy to work out of
    No throwing stuff off the trailer into the dump at the end of the day
    Very few maintenance costs
    Year-round use- mulch, equipment, debris, soil, firewood, leaf box.... possibilities are many
    Can get the trailer very close to where you are working
    Well maintained, they hold their value
    Can add tarps, ramps, higher walls, other mods

    Cons-

    Yes, they are more costly up front than your average lawn/landscape trailer
    um..... can't think of too many!
    Sometimes the battery can run out on a heavy load
    If you get a 12,000 or 14,000# you need to be careful of pushing past the GCWR (combined) if you are towing with a 450 or a 550...
     
  3. EverestLandscape

    EverestLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    That is what i mean yes. Thank you very much for your info. Now does the difference between the telescoping pistions and the sissor lift make a difference. Beacuse i hear guys saying the sissor is much better for some reason??
     
  4. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    i was wondering the samething are they worth it
     
  5. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    BIG CON: if you have to haul equipment and material then you either have to make two trips of use two trucks. I see guys doing this all the time around here, instead of buying a dump truck they bought a dump trailer and now they always have to take two trucks one pulling dump trailer and one pulling equipment trailer.

    FYI: a telescoping cylinder is much stronger than a sissor lift. A sissor lift is more stabil (less chance of rolling over if load sticks).
     

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