For those who have dump trucks**Question**

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by A.Landscaping, May 11, 2010.

  1. A.Landscaping

    A.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had a quick question but do not know if it has been asked already, For those guys who have dump trucks like ford f350-550 or Chevrolet 3500 etc. How do you guys load stuff onto them? I know some have ramps but for those who arent as "big" Do you guys use ramps?? :rolleyes:
     
  2. A.Landscaping

    A.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    and by ramps i meant like to heavy 2x4's to load things not liftgates
     
  3. we use a tractor or skid steer.
     
  4. A.Landscaping

    A.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah thats something else i forgot to add. What if you dont have any of those things??
     
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    buy a ramp used for furniture delivery/moving trucks. strong enough to handle just about anything and wide enough to use a wheel barrow on em...
     
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree try find a walk ramp from a moving truck or a food delivery truck or rent a U haul and take the ramp off the truck take the truck back 4 hours later :laugh:
     
  7. A.Landscaping

    A.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    LOL :laugh:
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I used ramps the last couple of years. I came across a couple heavy duty steel ones that do the trick.

    The key is to find a ditch or low-spot if you can to back into in order to get the bed down to the ground some. I then used the ramps, and a ratchet strap from the ramps to the hitch. This way the ramps are less likely to move on you.

    Just be careful, and fill the wheelbarrow as lightly as you can so it's easier to get it up the ramp.

    If you get into any bigger jobs, just factor in machine rental and go rent a dingo with a dump-height suitable enough to get material in your truck.

    I did 3 jobs that way last year, and finally bought a dingo this year to eliminate that. The 3 jobs totaled 12 tons of material and that was time consuming and dangerous.
     
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    we'll come visit you in the local lockup...:) around here they are attached to the truck so they can't be borrowed
     

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