Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ConstSvcs, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Hi everyone,

    Just joined the site and hoped to get a few opinions on my planned end of the year purchase:

    Switch-n-Go body system on a used Mitsubishi FH 211 chassis (53K miles) 6cyl turbo with Allison auto.
    19,000 GVW total cost: $42,000

    Being a full service building company we do most of our own tight site work and landscaping. Until now we have made due with a Bri-Mar dump trailer for const. debris, stone, sand etc. It's becoming more of a pain in the a@@ moving equipment (we have a 5T trailer) and waste material in less moves. Let's not even talk about the cost of fuel.

    I currently have a GMC 2500HD with the 8.0L / Allison combo and have been pleased with the towing power.

    I think the switch & go system would be a wise move. It would solve our problems with:

    • Refuse containers
      On truck dump body
      Site storage box

    Your thoughts on the S&G system, Chassis or just in general are appreciated.

    Thanks ...and have a nice holiday
  2. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I think for you its probably a great idea. However with only 19k gvw you may kick yourself later for not going just under CDl and having more capacity. If CDl isnt an issue then get a rolloff. I just think that 19k may get a little too light when your work picks up or you need to carry a lot
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    If you are in the construction business why not get a tandem axle roll off they are cheaper than a single axle. Get a lowside box for hauling dirt a 30 or 40 yard bin for debris and a 20' shipping container with some rails under it for a site shack and tool storage.

    You have to remember with a rolloff your payload is reduced by the weight of the hoist and box. A 19,000lb gvw truck wouldn't have much payload left.

    I noticed you have a mini excavator and skid steer you can haul them in a lowside rolloff bin on a tandem axle. Its easier to move equipment expecially mini excavators in a rolloff box it eliminates the use of a trailer.

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