Downeaster dump inserts and dump trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    for those who have, have had, or have used either a downeaster dump insert or dump trailer, can you give some opinion on them, my next option and most promising one for a truck is a slightly used 2500HD (havn't found one yet) and ide like to put a dump insert in it and this seems to be the brand i can get around me and the dealer for them is awsome too. any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Slightly used, like how new?

    Have you thought about a bed insert and using shovels? I know its nice to be able to dump, but I think at the level that you are working at it would be best to use shovels, especially since you are using the truck for personal also (extra weight in back affecting ride & gas mileage). Dump inserts make the sweet looking 2000-2006 Chevys look like poop.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    it would be brand new, i personally think that they look awsome back there but thats just me. landscaping has grown significantly over the past year, mulch more than anything and having to rely on someone else to deliver isn't always fun and shoveling out of the back of the truck isn't fun either. And for fall, ill build a leaf box on it and hook a leaf loader on there since with school, reg. mowing and the tons and tons of cleanups i get backed up BIG TIME.
  4. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I seriously considered downeaster when I was shopping for a dump insert. They look like well built products. The only problem I ran into was shipping, it made the cost of the bed about 1000 more than what I could get locally. Otherwise I would have bought one but I went with Bri-Mar instead. Like Alarsh said. Don't put a dumper in a personal truck and unless you are going to use if frequently consider looking at other options.
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    just got price quote on the downeaster- $2645 for the 8ft steel version with cab protector and tarp roller all installed for that price.
  6. cet

    cet LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 89

    I would consider an alluminium one. It will be lighter which will allow for more material and it will new for many years. My steel dump box on my 1999 looks like crap and we have spent many hours and money painting it to keep it looking good. If you plan on using it for salting in the winter then alluminium is the way to go.
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I had the same situation this summer and ended up with a dump trailer instead.
    pros- haul more weight or product, can leave it on a job site if needed

    cons- cant take 2 trailers with you at 1 time, extra tires and liscense fee's

    I still liked the idea of the dump trailer best and thats what i went with, most of my mulch installs are 6 yards or more and I needed the extra capacity

  8. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    I can only get 4 yards of mulch in my dump insert, 5 is over loading it. I really like the insert because you can place the wheel barrow under the raised dump and have the barrow loaded in 10 seconds.
  9. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    i've got a DownEaster (how the heck did they come up with that name???) dump trailer...............6x10 and 10,000 GW

    built solid, no issues............i'm just in the process of running a power wire from the truck to charge the trailers battery and operates the pump/dump
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    I totally agree and will deffinatly benefit greatly from that feature!!! most of my jobs are 3 yards tops and when i need more than four i can fit another 3 (even though thats pushing it) in my 5*8 w/ the sides on it

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