With Used Work Trucks for Sale, A Right-Sized Dump Truck Will Maximize Cost Savings

When it comes to finding the best used work truck for sale for your business, quality, size and value are important considerations. Having the right-sized truck can provide cost savings, as well as make your work more efficient. For instance, a flatbed dump truck for hauling loose, light materials needs to be sized differently from a dump truck that hauls large, heavy, and bulky debris. Hammer Trucks has a large inventory of used work trucks so you can find exactly what you are looking for to match your requirements. Work Truck Magazine, www.worktruckonline.com, discusses the benefits of having a light to medium duty flatbed dump truck for your business:

Whether hauling loose granular materials, such as topsoil or sand, or large chunks of construction debris, dump body trucks equip a crew to unload cargo quickly, with little effort, and move on to the next job.

The dump functionality eliminates the need to manually unload the truck, reducing labor time (and costs), which preserves more profit for each job. With a simple push of a button, the dump body tilts either toward the rear or side of the truck, leveraging gravity (instead of manual labor) to pour the payload directly into a dumpster or on the ground.” 

Review the Common Body Types of Flatbed Dump Trucks to Determine your Needs

To narrow in on the type of used flatbed dump truck that you may need, it is helpful to know the 4 main body types that are available. These are listed on www.worktruckonline.com:

“Here are four common dump body types built for Class 3-7 trucks:

Flatbed/platform dumps are primarily flatbed bodies that provide the option for use as a dump body when needed. For applications that use the dump function on occasion, the flatbed dump is a low-cost option that offers flexibility.

Conventional dumps are built with solid stationary sides, welded to the body, and primarily used to haul and dump loose granular materials such as dirt, sand, gravel, etc.

Contractor dumps are similar to flatbeds with short (12-24 inch) solid sides that fold down to create unfettered access to load the body. The sides come with a groove that allows users to add a board to make the sides a few inches higher when an application requires extra height. The fleet can use a contractor dump to haul a broad range of materials, such as loose dirt and sand, or large chunks of concrete debris.

Landscape dumps can be configured in several different ways. Some landscape dumps have solid sides up to 12-24 inches, with metal mesh adding several inches in height. This “hybrid” solid-mesh side configuration enables hauling loose materials (such as topsoil and mulch) at the bottom of the body and larger branches and brush above that. Options for swing-open rear and side gates are also available.”

Estimate Payload Requirements and Determine the Size of the Dump Body

For the best fit, determine your payload requirements. For example if your maximum payload is around 13,000 lbs., you will need a Class 6-7 truck chassis. The dump body is measured according to the length, width and the height of the sides of the truck, as detailed in www.workingtruckonline.com:

Since conventional dumps are manufactured with the sides, tailgate, and floor fused together to form a single unit, their capacities are spec’d, not in length, height or width, but in terms of cubic yards. A conventional dump body, for example, may be referred to as a “2-yard dump” or “5-yard dump.”

Save money by buying a used flatbed dump truck, and get the exact fit that you need to maximize your productivity and minimize your cost. Hammer Truck Sales will help you find the used work truck for sale that will help your business to be more efficient. Contact us at 800-665-6532 to find out more about our work trucks that are for sale today.

(Source: How to Spec Dump Bodies for Light & Medium Duty Trucks, www.workingtruckonline.com, March 2011)

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