dump truck options

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by STIHL GUY, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    I currently have an 05 2500 HD...I was thinking about either upgrading to a one ton dump or putting a dumping flat bed on my current truck...has anyone had luck putting a dumping flat bed on a 3/4 ton? I just done wanna spend the money to do this just to find out its gonna be too heavy. Would I be better off upgrading to a one ton dump ?
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  2. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are planning on using it for exactly??? i just put a dump insert into my 3/4 ton chevy and its done pretty well so far even though we`ve only had leaves in so far this year. the reason i went this route instead of buying a dump truck is because i do more production (mowing) then actual landscaping i mean i have a couple mulch clients and minor things like that, so i rarely really load it up. unless you plan on doing major landscapes or putting yards i would just but an insert. the flatbed is possilbe but might have to add air bags or helper springs (again depends on what your using it for).
     
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    You would need an aluminum flatbed for it to be worth it weight wise ($$$$$)
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  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a big leafbox thaweigweight of the insert ht of the insert which leaves less weight that i can load into itt I load up as well as mulch topsoil firewood and a lot of brush...the thing I done like about the inserts is that they seem smaller and ill then be carrying the weight of my regular bed as well as the added
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  5. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    Weight of the insert...which leaves me less weight that i can load into it
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  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've got an insert in my 2500HD. It's a regular cab gas, so from the factory it has almost 4000 lbs of payload. With the insert installed, me in the drivers seat and a full tank of gas I can still haul 2800 pounds in the bed without overloading. I installed Timbrens and it will easily haul 3500+ although I know that is overloaded. If you have a diesel crewcab that will greatly diminish your payload, although most of the extra weight is on the rear axle.

    If weight is tight, look an aluminum insert. About half the weight of a steel one, and will probably add less overall weight to the truck than converting to a dumping flatbed.
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get a dump trailer.
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  8. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dump trailers are nice but if I have that loaded up I have nowhere to put the mowers between jobs
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  9. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sounds like you should just buy a 1 ton dump truck, i know the 94-02 chevy 4x4 3500 dump trucks can be found quite cheap in excellent condition. i would look on craigslist for one of those, then you can tow your mowers and suck leaves with the loader mounted in the plow frame. plus you would now have a second plow truck if you want. I know where a rack body dump chevy 3500 is sitting on the side of the road for sale, i could get you the number if you want.
     

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