minimum size excavator to dump in 10 wheeler

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by francois, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. francois

    francois LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Hi, I would like to know what is the minimum size excavator that can dump in a 10 wheel dump truck. I don't know the height of my truck, but my case 1838 is barely dumping in it.

    I realize that different excavators may have different specs, but what is the average weight class that can do this? 4 metric tons class?, 5? , 6?

    Thanks for any hints
  2. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    If you 1838 is barely dumping into it, you'll probably want a 7-metric ton or so.

    Why do you need an excavator? Are you looking to replace the 1838 with it? (Other machines may be more efficient. Not saying you don't know what you need -- just checking.)
  3. francois

    francois LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I don't want to replace the 1838, and I certainly don't need any excavator.

    I only have 3 payments left on my NH555e backhoe and I'm starting to look at something new.

    The excavator came to my mind because it dose'nt have the biggest limitation of the backhoe: no 360 deg rotation, and not being able to dump directly in my truck is not an option.

    Thanks for your answer


    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    Look into a 305 Caterpillar. We dig lots of swimming pools with them. Great on rock and shales as well.
  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Yup, a 305 size will do all right. If you find it a little small, you might want to look into a 307C or 308C (308 is minimal radius).

    Bobcat 337, 442; Deere 35C or 27C; anything that has about 30-50 horsepower should be adequate.

    How much digging are you planning on doing?

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    its not the size of the machine its the length of the stick!
    u can get a smaller machine with a long stick
    it all depends what u r diggin in and if it is full of rock or soft
  7. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    ^ There you go.
  8. Swanman

    Swanman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I have a 341 Bobcat with a 24" bucket which is about 1/5 of a yard. My tandem axle dump can legally hold roughly 10 yards of material. It take lots of buckets to fill as you can do the math as well. My 185 skid steer is a lots more efficient at loading the truck unless your loading debris with the 341 using the clamp and a grapple bucket.
  9. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I have a Takeuchi TB53. It is probably the best truck loading mini excavator I have run. The boom shifts side to side allowing the arm to move to the side of the cab for great clearance. The 53 weighs about 13,000 pounds.
  10. Branching Out

    Branching Out LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    I have a simular question. I am looking for something that will rip driveways out and still dump into a 10 wheeler. But, it also needs to be able to have a grade box on the back, and switch a back hoe on demand to do rip outs.

    I know it's alot to ask of one machine, but I am looking for a machine to do double duty........grading, and rip out.

    Branching out........

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