Best dump truck for gravel and asphalt

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  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

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    So I got a job offer from a quarry to haul gravel and asphalt for them since my other local gig is going under. (Been hauling wood chips o/o for 6 years.) I’m totally green on dump truck work, but the hourly rate seems feasible to me. He asked if I would mind hauling asphalt, I reply I want to do anything to stay busy since I know it’s seasonal. What’s the best all around dump truck setup to get? He says tri axle is what they all run.
     
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  3. OLDSKOOLERnWV

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    I have a couple friends who each own a fleet of dumps. A lot of their work is interstate road jobs hauling gravel, dirt, busted concrete.

    They run twin screw trucks with a lift axle, seems to do everything they need. Not saying that’s the case for you, but it should do what you would need….
     
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  4. OldeSkool

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    This is in Kentucky. They can legally haul 80,000 with a tri axle so that’s the reason I think why they run them. He told me to get a quad axle for hauling more weight was pointless and just extra weight. I’m mainly wondering about steel or aluminum box and what brand of truck.
     
  5. OldeSkool

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    1747F438-886E-41C1-921E-67EAE0A38C7D.jpeg This is what I’m assuming he means by a tri axle. Maybe this is considered a tandem with a lift axle. I admit I’m not up to date on dump truck terminology.
     
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    Mack has a fantastic reputation in the dump truck industry for producing a sturdy truck. As far as the bed it kind of depends on what you will be hauling. A steel bed will be able to take a lot of abuse if you’re going to be hauling tear out and rip-rap, but is going to be heavy. An aluminum bed will weigh less, and would be perfect for rock sand and asphalt. Also, if you’re going to be asphalting, buy stock in mudflaps. They like to get chewed up by the buggy. @REO6205 is my go to for anything dump truck related. He’s always got great advice. Best of luck!
     
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  7. '88K100

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    Does the lift axle also have to steer in your area?
     
  8. OldeSkool

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    No, he said just a basic tri axle was the best thing for what they did.
     
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  10. Allow Me.

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    Asphalt pays well. FYI, the pic you posted is a good set-up, 20K lb steer axle rating 34k on the tandems and not sure of the tag axle.
     
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  11. REO6205

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    Does asphalt still pay by the hour down where you are? Up here a bunch of idiots started charging by the ton. Tonnage might work out with bottom dumps doing a straight drop and go in front of a paver but otherwise I can't see it.
    We worked hard to keep it hourly and now it's endangered.
    It's going to be interesting to see what happens this year.
     
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