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Stake Bed vs Dump Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Fwilamosky, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    I am looking to expand to a larger truck, it will be bought used probably 2005-2008, not sure which brand or if it will be a gasser or diesel.

    I have been looking for a stake bed that dumps, but it has been nearly impossible to find one. I thought about just adding the hoist system to the stake bed for a few extra thousand, thought it would be a good negotiating tool.

    I then began looking for a dump truck, but stake beds have so much more capacity with the longer beds.

    Does anyone have experience with owning both of these?

    Model will probably be f350/3500 or maybe f450, also been looking at Isuzu NPRs
  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,831

    Don't bother with a 1-ton. Just get a F-450/4500 or bigger.
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  3. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is there really that much of a difference in towing/hauling?
  4. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Not common but great to have. Many years ago I had a summer job where they had a rack truck that had the rack body that could dump. It's extra length made holding debris and tilting the bed made unloading so nice.

    BJWLAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 464

    I have a 1990 gmc 3500 stake body dump. It is 7x12. I have put a motor, tranny etc in it. It is awesome for what I use it for. I can load from any side 5-6 high of material. They are hard to find. Good luck.
  6. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    Towing? No. Hauling? Yes. 1-Ton trucks have very little legal payload. Only around 2-3 tons AT MOST, not to mention you can get a 450/4500 around the same $$$.
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  7. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is also the way I see it. Next purchase will be a cabover dump. Found a couple on CL that I would love to but I'll have to wait for the $$$ to roll in. Hauling 6 yards of wet mulch with a half ton with a dump bed and a single axle is no fun or legal.
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  8. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The difference is capacity of what that sticker says you can carry. I would only go 450 or bigger. I question what a 1 ton truck is used for they cant carry much. Plowing they are good for good turning and a short body to watch where you are going. Maybe a 1 ton pickup with a dump insert.
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  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,351

    We bag a lot of grass so one ton is the perfect fit there. But we need to haul leaves and other items so we went with 4500s instead but if I do add a 3rd crew that truck would be a 3500.
  10. f50lvr2

    f50lvr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    I had an NPR with a stake bed dump. Loved it except for the bone-crushing ride.
    I'd recommend a gas engine if you can find one, the diesel in those is a little underpowered if you want to tow and carry a payload.

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