After looking into seeing about running a tandem axle dump hauling gravel and penciling out the figures it will probably loose more money. I'am thinking of running a F-550 4x4 truck as my dump and possibly adding a mini excavator to my services. The machine won't be brandnew by any means it would definatly be a fixer upper or a machine with higher hours. I think there will be more money made with a excavator than running a tandem axle dump. I want a machine that I would beable to carry on the deck of the truck I don't want to mess with trailers. I'am not sure it would be a good idea to carry a 9000lb mini on the back of a F-550. I really don't want to mess with trailers they are a pain in the butt especially around here you have to drive almost a 1/2 a mile to find a place to turn around. I have to find a truck first thou have to decide between a F-450 or F-550 the truck won't be brandnew something in up to 2002 with 7.3 PSD and 5 or 6spd. Do you guys think its a worth while go at running a mini excavator with a 2 ton truck ? What I would mostly do would be clean up brush and remove junk from people yards to start with.