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Flat/Dump Bed on a Non-Dually Pickup

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Eclipse, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    I have been kicking around the idea of putting a flat bed dump on a 3/4 truck. The main thing I would be hauling is grass clippings, pruning debris, and bark. I realize the capacity is not that great but I would think with the lighter materials I would be ok.

    I have looked at dually's but I don't think I need the extra capacity of a dually and the truck I am considering putting the flatbed on I just spent a ton of money on it and I think it is a great truck. I would hate to sell it at this point so I am trying to make it work for the time being.

    I looked at dump inserts and unless I find one at a great price, I would rather put the money toward a flatbed with a hoist.

    Anybody else running a flatbed on SRW truck? Any comments, good or bad, about a SRW flatbed dump?

    I appreciate your comments.
  2. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Landscape company across the street has a flat bed 1/2 ton chevy. Put an add a leaf in it and off they go. Little hairy when you have a full load (3 1/3 ft sides) and the roads are wet. They have been running it for 3 years so I guess it works. Also see they pulling a skid steer behind it too.
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    you said you would be hauling grass and other little stuff...if thats it then you can do it dually dumps can just hold more weight so a dump on a 3/4 ton would be fine for light material
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    I've got a dump insert in a 3/4 ton truck (Chevy 2500HD) and it works great. I can haul 2800 lbs. without exceeding the truck's ratings. If you need the flatbed for loading pallets on, it may be the way to go, but a flatbed with a hoist will probably weigh just as much and probably cost more than a dump insert.
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,775

    We have three trucks that are 3/4 with dumps. Work great for us. They are mostly the lawn crew trucks with mostly grass, leaves, other debris. Once you start to haul some rock, sand, gravel, dirt - you'll notice the extra weight. Winter time I have plows and we put extra weight in the back to help with the push!
  6. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    What about changing the rear wheels to dually style and just put a regular flatbed on it? It would look sharp, and possibly have more capacity.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    Adding dual wheels to a 3/4 ton doesn't increase the capacity you still have a 3/4 ton truck and legally your only allowed to gross 8600lbs.

    To get max capacity out of the truck get a aluminum bed and make it dump also try use a post hoist over a scissor hoist. A scissor hoist adds 300lbs to the truck.

    A 7x8 flatdeck would work well on a 3/4 with and it doesn't look goofy with single rear wheels.
  8. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    ^^^ That is NOT true when you are dealing with a F-350 or 3500.:nono:
  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    My Chevy 2500HD has a GVWR or 9200, and an F250 with a diesel has a GVWR of up to 10,000. GVWRs have increased somewhat over the years. Heck, you can get an F150 with a GVWR of 8200....
  10. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    I know you asked about a dump bed on a pick up truck, but what about the idea of getting a dump trailer with hydraulic hoist to tow behind your truck when you have those type of jobs and just leave the truck "as is"?

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