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Downsides to buying above CDL single axel?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1toomanyhobbies, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I am considering buying a single axel dump truck. I think it would be easier to buy a truck below CDL but it seems you can find good deals on single axels between 26k to 33k. What are the downsides to going with a CDL truck? I have read the thread that talks about the pros/cons of having a CDl cert.

    Also, for those with their CDL, where did you go for training? I have heard some say it is pretty easy and you can go to a local shipping company to find someone to give training... any input?
  2. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    The cdl truck has more regulations, hence headache, if you don't need it...You have air brakes that need adjustment all the time, and the state police check that, you need to have apportioned plates depending on your registration situation. You can now effectively be bound by hours of service regulations, and the list goes on. Basically your truck and an over the road tractor trailer will be treated the same, even thought it is the farthest thing from the truth.
  3. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Right, I know above CDL you begin to fall under a lot of regulations. Question. Can you buy a single axel that is rated to 33k and then only weight it for 26k to get under the CDL? I talked to one guy who seemed to think you could but he was a salesman so I took it with a grain of salt.
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I believe you can do this in some states. I know with my f350 it was de-rated to save on registration tax after my friend did it to his I saved like 40 bucks a year. I think the biggest thing I towed was a jet ski with it when I had it like that for a few years. I have a class A but I got it for free working for the power company. I believe you can go take the written test and get your permit to drive with a CDL license person as a passenger. As for getting to take the road test you can just go down there with your permit and take the test. The state has trucks they use for testing I believe here in Sarasota. You don't need x amount of hours of training to get it.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    you can sticker it for anything you want,BUT when you get stopped they are going to look at the sticker on the door and go by that.
  6. jdo150

    jdo150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

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  7. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,246

    I have in the past but the problem with that is you are losing so much weight carrying capacity, might as well just use a smaller truck(like 450/550).
  8. 1toomanyhobbies

    1toomanyhobbies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Good point. After doing some research I learned that to legally tow 10k I need a CDL anyway so I have accepted that I need to go ahead and get mine. Its funny what you can learn. :dizzy:
  9. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    You don't need a CDL to tow 10k.
  10. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    thats almost true .......you can tow over 10k when is a boat or camper , stuff like that cause thats personal ...........if your out with a truck thats got lawn movers on it or a skid steer on it , hence making money , thats what puts you in CDL land.....

    one of the landscapers around here got stopped with his f450 dump ,trailer in tow with a jd 110 backhoe on it and he got put out of service cause the driver didnt have his CDL , i know all this cause my friend is the one that had to go get the truck for him off the side of the road , and the above statement is what the trooper told him

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