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dump truck or trailer??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by rfed32, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    ok should i buy a 1986 f350desil dump with 4000miles on the new motor that was rebuilt by my cuz, with a 8ft meyers commerical plow which plowed one season by me so i know its in good workin condis. its got pto dump, 4spd manual trans. new steal dump bed....

    or get a 5x8 dump trailer....

    i dont know what to do....i like the idea of the dump bc then i dont beat my truck up all the time and all i have is an s10 thats why i am limited to the 5x8 trailer...these are my options...
  2. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    i guess i'd like to know what you plan to haul in the dump. you can put 2-3 yards of gravel in the truck, but no way in the trailer, and certainly not pull it with the S10. in fact, the empty dump trailer might tax the towing ability of an S10. im a chevy man, but i think i'd go with the truck. if its a diesel, though, be ready for many nickle and dime...and big money...repairs.
  3. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    yeah well i did put air bags for suspension on the s10 all i would use it for is mulch and leaf clean up....the air bags make a world of a difference....also have cool air intake full dull flow gibson system...but still dont know

    the nickel and dime repairs are whats turnin me off
  4. Drafto

    Drafto LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Buy the dump truck. The truck can make you money and pay for itself by plowing and hauling materials. You will completely abuse your S10 hauling a dump trailer. Just my .02

  5. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    I'd buy the dump, esp. since you know about the motor and plow, etc. Those old 6.9 Diesels were really good motors, didnt go anywhere really fast, but had a lot of low end and would run forever. That 5x8 has to have an electric hoist too, and even though you think you will only be hauling mulch and leaves, you may/will find other uses, and I guarantee that you can load that trailer heavier than the hoist will want to pick up. With that pto hoist, it is however much the truck will handle, just run a little higher RPM to dump a heavier load. Just my .02.
  6. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    look at how much work you might do,if its not alot..buying a 1 ton dump isn't worth it,the dump trailer you should look into a decent 1/2 ton or a 3/4 ton if yer looking at heavy hauling,the s10 is gas and it would kill you in the wallet not to mention if a loaded trailer would be over yer towing capacity.
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I'd go with the truck. Is your cousin selling it? Would he be willing to fix it when it breaks?
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Your S-10's transmission isn't built for this, it's just a car with a bed in back, one step lower than the 1/2 ton but the 1/2 ton is really just a powerful car with a bed on the back as well... Both of these trucks are geared no different from a car, other than maybe it doesn't have over-drive (but a lot of them do, which is even worse).

    For dump-trailers, you need at least a 3/4 ton but a full-ton truck would be best.
    Then you don't have to mickey-mouse around with the 5x8 because you can get a real dump-trailer (like 6x10 or better)
    - Do it right the first time, you'll save yourself from failure.
  9. Itzkcatz

    Itzkcatz LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 193

    We have a 1987 ford f350 diesal dump also. Its a piece of crap and no matter how many thousands go into it it always breaks and never runs. Look for a mid 80s chevy 3500 dump with a 350 gas engine
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    That S10 would barely pull that dump trailer EMPTY. Buy the Ford and do it right.

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