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F 550 Dump Capacity

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Duramax8832, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Duramax8832

    Duramax8832 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    I have found the numbers on towing capacity. How many yards of loam or gravel, can it carry? What are the dump bed pistons rated for? My friend had a F 350 that would carry a decent load but you would have to shovel some of it off before it would dump. I assume as far a Mulch, it will take more than the body will hold.
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    A F-550 should carry 7000lbs of material probably more all depending on the size and weight of the box.

    A scissor hoist is one of the worst types of hoist you can have because they power out. The only benefit is they are slightly more stable.

    The scissor hoist adds atleast 500 or more pounds to the truck because you need a hoist with higher rating to dump the box because the scissor hoist has no power.

    You put a Henderson or Del Hydraulic 11 foot dump box with a front mount post hoist you would beable to dump as much weight as the hoist can handle.

    A front mount post hoist has superior lifting power the on the truck will bend before the hoist ever powers out. The hoist I have for my F-450 is rated at 8 ton all together at most weighs 300lbs. You have 8 tons of lifting power at the front of the deck will easily dump anything I can put on the deck.

    Watched many scissor hoists power out and the people are on the deck trying to take some of the load off by hand.
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Before I got my truck I rented F550s on several occasions. They had scissor type lifts, but PTO driven, not electric over hydraulic. They could easily haul and dump 4 yards of topsoil or 3 yards of gravel. GVWR was 19000, and empty weight about 10,500 IIRC.
  4. Total Landscape Solutions

    Total Landscape Solutions LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Hosejockey is correct on his weights and measures.
    Mine has a 10ton electric scissor hiost. I've ran 550's for years and never had a trouble with a scissor hoist, even if the truck was very over wieght.
  5. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i just loaded mine today with about 12 heaping yds of mulch, i felt it and she was slugish. dumped fine iwth a 10ton rugy siccor lift.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    My 88 F-450 I had over 9000lbs of gravel on the truck a few times that is scale verified from the pit I buy materials from. The hoist on that truck is similar to the one I have now I looked up the rating its 12 ton on the second stage out of the 3 stages on the hoist.

    Not bad for a hoist that weighs at most 300lbs where as a 12 ton scissor hoist is 600lbs. The forces applied to a scissor hoist is so great everytime you try make it operate the scissor hinge can break in half. Talked to a guy that happened to and it punched through the flatdeck.

    A F-550 can easily handle more than what is "legal" load. You do need a 165 wheelbase truck with a 11' box the 141wb with a 9 foot box is too short. You end up with too much weight over the rear axle and it makes the front end float.
  7. Duramax8832

    Duramax8832 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Gravel Rat that was my next question, what wheelbase would be best. Thanks guys, im off to get pricing now.. I'll let you all know how that goes.
  8. TerraVenture

    TerraVenture LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    I am on my second f550. I had an 04 that I traded for an 06. Both had 9ft dumps. I went with 9ft dumps because I plow and I want the shortest truck possible. Most landscapers that I see around here run 9ft mason dumps just as I because everyone plows. If you don't plow a longer wheelbase has advanatages. Evern though the chasiss is the same the 141 wheel base is only available in a a 17950 gvw. The front axle has been upped to 7000 and the rear is still 13500. I have gone across the scales as heavy as 23k! I know was way over weight but you would never know it.
  9. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    Hey Duramax you already have heavier duty truck test it in real life watch your warranty if you plan on hauling gravel, or mulch can void your warranty contact FORD. I am finally selling mine this week what a joke getting a duramax 4500. Sorry Gravel rat I thought tou said you had a new one, before????:confused:
  10. Duramax8832

    Duramax8832 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    The big GMC's do look pretty bad ass..

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