Dump Trailers

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mathews, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
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    Been looking at buying a dump trailer, but the more i look at them and the cost.... The more i wonder if someone can even justify the cost of owning one? Most of our jobs are $2000- $10000 "softscaping" jobs. Normally we have been getting mulch delivered and it is figured in our bids. Not sure if us owning one and paying one of the guys at 12/hr to go get it is efficient? Just asking for a couple of opinions

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    Do you own a dump truck?
    We find running the dump trailer with the dump truck doing edging and mulching is a big benefit as we only have to move materials once. Also we use it for transport of the skidsteer. So it is multi purpose for us. Also the low load height often makes it a better choice for logs. Good luck.
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  3. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    No sir do not own a dump truck. But we do own a dingo that the trailer would also double as an equipment trailer for it and a couple pallets of sod also. I would b pulling the trailer with our ford 450 so truck really isnt an issue. But i also know that i could buy a cheaper gooseneck trailer that would work jus as well hauling dingo and sod for less money
  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have an f550 with a nice Bri-Mar dump trailer. It's the best set-up. Super efficient. Like you I also have a Dingo. Working out of the dump trailer is so nice- sits lower, can tilt it up to shovel out mulch, Dingo can dump over the side...

    Buy a dump trailer. Trust me.
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    What size dump trailer are you looking at? gooseneck or bumper pull?
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I have a Bri-Mar 7x12 low profile trailer. I love it and it's the only thing I have that dumps. Does double duty as the tractor hauler and hauls the Z rider for fall cleanups too...ground up leaves in front and mower in back. The low loading height is a real plus for me since I work solo most of the time....I can lift pretty heavy stuff up to my knees (trailer height). I have the pull-out equpment ramps which I will use to slide heavy stuff into the dump bed too. The only problem is the amount of room needed to manuever it ....can't always put the front end of the truck where I'd need to...not the rig you want if you need to get materials into back yards a lot. I also like that I can haul 3.5 tons/8 yards with my Silverado 2500HD. I'd need a pretty good sized dump truck to get that kind of load capacity. Another plus is that I used to sub out brush chipping on jobs where I generated a lot of it. I can get a LOT of brush on that trailer if I break it down a bit so now I keep that revenue in-house.

    FYI, I do mostly maintenance and softscape. If I did more hardscape I'd probably want a dump truck.
  7. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Tkanks guys. KrazyKajun i would prefer a gooseneck with 24"-36" sides simply so that the dingo could dump over the sides and not just into the back

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    I also own a Dingo and bought a dump trailer about 6 years ago and it was one of the best investments I made.

    Reasons for a dump trailer:
    1 Do not need insurance
    2 Low maintenance ( tires only )
    3 Can be left on a job for employees to use while I go to another job or to pick up additional materials
    4 use as equipment trailer and a dump trailer

    All and all it has been a huge money saver for me but sometimes a dump truck would be nice but not enough for me to purchase one I will keep my trailer for now.

    7x14 PJ 14,000# paid just under $6000 new
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    My insurance agent said that I DO need insurance on my dump trailer, so I have it.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Sounds like he might be double dipping but my truck insurance covers any trailer that I might be towing such as my boat my dump trailer or my neighbors camper.

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