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Dump hoist to my truck or dump trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by IHI, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. IHI

    IHI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    :cool2: I'm confused on what to do. I have a 99 F550 with a flatbed/tommy lift bed on it right now. I need some type of dump bed or dump trailer. I have found a tandem 10' dump trailer and don't know if I should buy it or turn my truck into a dump truck? If I buy the dump trailer, I'm going to trade/sell my truck for a single axle 1-ton for better fuel efficiency.

    If I go with the dump trailer, it'll cost me around 4 k. If I turn my truck into a dump truck, it'll cost about 3k.
    So far, the biggest con to getting the trailer is that I don't like to deal with the length and backing up, especially when loaded with rock and at a customer's site. Your thought/inputs...
     
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    I'd go with it on the truck if you don't like backing up a trailer full of material. Plus its just easier to get around.
     
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I would make the F-550 into a dump truck a trailer is a big pain in the azz. If you buy a trailer then you said you need to buy another truck so your looking at big money. A F-550 dump will easily carry 8000lbs and you will beable to go anywhere with it. How are you supposed to get a trailer in a tight spot ?
     
  4. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Grain Body on the truck is a no brainer.
     
  5. ODC

    ODC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I would go with the truck conversion. Especially if DOT is an issue in your area.

    Steve
     

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