GMC 6500 for first dump and hauling?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    I've looked at 16ft trash bed dumps. I like the barn doors. Yes, you have to get out to open them but if you have to haul brush, stumps, wood, etc., it's nice to have those barn doors.

    What does that truck weigh and what is it's GVWR? I can see it being a good addition to your tools.
     
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would look for a trash bed also, I used to drive a small dump when I was in college and it sucked to carry anything but dirt or gravel in. We hauled alot of stumps and brush, and I spent alot of time up in that bed with a chainsaw cuting out a mess. The only reason I would do different is if you plan on hauling alot of riprap, and then you should get the smaller heavyduty bed.
     
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  4. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
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    Looks like a soild starter truck at a good price depending on the specs. I don't think I would go with a "trash" bed either for the erosion type work. Beside don't you have that monster gooseneck you could haul brush in.
     
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do have my 18' dumptrailer, dont ever plan on getting rid of it.
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  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    The trash beds are nice but the sides will not remove on some beds. Takes away from the versatility. Makes it a pain if you needed to haul palleted material like sod. There is no perfect truck so you have to find the best fit.
     
  7. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dont really understand why people dont just get materials delivered. The sod co charges me a $50-75 drop for 15 or fewer pallets and free for 20. It doesnt make sense for me to pick it up.

    Same with hauling trash. They pick it up and dispose at private landfill for $100 a load.

    I guess i see an advantage where you need the truck all day for convenience, but you still need a place to dump to avoid $30 a ton trash fees
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  8. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    With the trailer for sure.
     
  9. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ive got my cdl already and so does my employee. Would be nice to carry a load of soil in the truck and skidsteer/pallets of sod on trailer.
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  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    I have been putting off this same purchase for several years now due to multiple reasons. One thing I did was go back through all my invoices the last 4 years and look at how this truck may have saved me money, expedited the job, or made me money. The reality is a it would have already paid for itself.
     

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