Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by wheathauler, May 31, 2009.

  1. dairyman

    dairyman <b> Hopper Thread Greeter</b>

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    RW.., they are a little higher, price- wise here,around $2200 mounted is what a driver told me in line the other day. i am 42 so i'm not hardly as young as you,but at that price, i can still climb out for a few more years! tell your dad i was in one of them 1 load a day lines at DeBruce, friday!:biggrin_25513: they had a cardboard sign on the scale when i left that said,(call before coming back) so they were gettin full too. i was talking to a Grant Farm driver that said he spray painted a hand full of beans orange and said he hauled them same beans around all week!:biggrin_2559: i'm leaning toward staying with Wilson and trying out the strap doors,talked to 6 or 7 drivers in line the other day and they all liked'um. i wonder what a rebuild kit costs on straps? have a good weekend everbody!
     
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  3. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    I've had that problem at one elevator...the arm was too high
    to get in elevator

    On my electric tarp all you have to do is knock out a bolt and then put crank on the end pole. I carry my crank on the side of trailer. It's heavy to turn but will work in a pinch.
     
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  4. 66truck

    66truck Light Load Member

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    To all the experienced grain haulers, whats considered the better hopper trailers? Around here Timpte and Wilsons seem to be the most popular , but shopping the net there seems to be alot of Cornhuskers out west, anyone have experience with the cornhusker ultralight?
     
  5. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    They use many cornhuskers around here mainly because of light weight. The ultralight is popular with super singles. I wouldn't buy a older cornhusker they have a tendency to develop cracks.
     
  6. 7mouths2feed

    7mouths2feed "Family Man"

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    Heres my take on a hopper truck as I have pulled everywhere from east coast to AZ, UT and CO... Set-back axle for turns, 450+ HP 1650+ tq and a 13spd, 230"-260" wb, and Light weight... My 9200i witha 2010 Timpte 100gl fuel weighs 28400. I can pull 51k /25.5 tons. Hopefully the addition of aluminum wheels will allow me to get 26tons.



    Currently under the lightest load ever with a slam full trailer at 69700.. Sunflower seeds.. Pulled a load of road salts from UT over the rockies to Colorado springs... :biggrin_2551:Thats never gonna happen again :biggrin_25513: at least not until I get a 13spd and more HP/tq in the ol'girl.... This truck was spec'd for vans and east coast NOT the Rockies.
     
  7. Big John

    Big John Road Train Member

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    Thats funny. I use to work for an outfit years ago in eastern Colorado pulling a hopper and would haul corn over the rockies to Fruita, CO and then reload in Moab, UT back across the mountain. It took seven hours to go from Denver to Fruita fully loaded driving an old 84' Freightliner hood that had a 315 Cummins and a 9 spd. It was a long trip but a pretty one. Those pretty Tri-State large cars pulling hoppers out of Greeley would blow my doors off going up the hill.
     
  8. 66truck

    66truck Light Load Member

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    Thanks wheathauler, how old are you talkin? do you know where they are saving the weight over the other brands? Curious as to what they are doing different than the others.
     
  9. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    The saying here is trade a cornhusker every three years. Might be able to go another couple years...if you baby them maybe more. I don't think they're made as sturdy as some, which saves weight. Don't get one a farmer had, they overload the heck out of them which really makes them crack.

    I have a friend who pulls a 2004 ultra light. He is very easy on trailers and he still had a few cracks appear. He's pulled it since it was new. I have seen many older cornhuskers but none that I would want.
     
  10. RW.

    RW. Heavy Load Member

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    The busiest time is definitely right now during harvest. Then probably after the first of the year for grain, when they start moving whats in storage. Depends on the markets and the weather though.

    Our trucks just have the basic interaxle differential lock. Hauling off the farm, its almost inevitable you're going to get stuck at some point. But most farmers I've hauled for have some common sense, and won't put you in an impossible situation. Just make sure you're carrying a tow hook to use.

    I have some elevators around here I haul for in the off season, and an old drop deck I can use once in a while. Our trucks are older, but paid for, so if they sit for a couple weeks, its not a disaster, I just work on projects around the shop and house.

    You can just buy the individual straps, they're not too expensive. Not too hard to change either. The older ones used plain steel u-bolts and hardware, if you go to change those, there's a good chance you're going to break them. Our newer trailer appears to have stainless stuff on it, never changed any of them yet, but they haven't turned rusty.
     
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  11. 66truck

    66truck Light Load Member

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    Thanks , thats the kind of info I was looking for, I'll look at the other brands instead. I thought they may be sacrificing strenght for weight reduction, just needed to hear from someone whos been around them.
     
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