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Broke my dump trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CutRight, May 2, 2006.

  1. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    well we're friendly with all the guys at the local pit where we get our materials, so they think theyre doing me a favor when they overload my dump trailer and call it "Saturday Morning Special" yea i pay barely anything for the huge load, and i didnt mind it until this past saturday.

    went to dump the load of topsoil at the jobsite. Crash Bang! haha something like, maybe it was Bang Crash!.

    Well anyways, the load was too heavy for the frame. hydraulic piston popped the welded bracket right off and dimpled the frame.

    So then i had to unload 7 yards of topsoil with a shovel by hand, wasn't too bad. Just got used to being lazy and dumping it and moving it with the tractor.

    So then the bed wouldnt go down..... we had to very carefully take apart the piston without smashing our skulls under the dump body.

    quick saturday morning job turned into an all day affair.

    the trailer is so old it might not really be worth it to repair it. looks like it might be an excuse to buy something new. yes!
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    well that sucks, but new stuff is always fun.....can you show some pics of the busted one?? ide like to see it
  3. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    7 Tons on a dump trailer? What's your trailer rated for?
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Kinda what I was thinking. Ours is rated for 12K, with the weight of the trailer I try not to put more than 4.5 yards in it, but I have done 5.
  5. treemeat

    treemeat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    he said 7 yards--

    21,000 pounds ! ? ! ?
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Topsoil is around 2,000 pounds (1 ton) a cubic yard.
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    Yeah, my 6x10 is only rated for 12k, but he could have one of those nice goosenecks or something?
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    It's possible, I've seen gooseneck dump trailers rated for 18K. That's alot of trailer, at times I wish we had something like that for our landscaping division.
  9. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    wow thats crazy man sux for the trialer and u. o well new stuff is always better so atleast it wont break when u have a huge job or somthing. well if i were u id tell them not to put in more than the rate if u get it fixed.
  10. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    just cuz its new doesn't mean it won't break....

    most dump trailers are cheaply welded,tack welds and the odd quick zap with the mig and thats all.

    overloading your trailer doesn't impress your local DOT either,gotta love them fines :rolleyes:

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