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#1880191 - 05/04/10 08:26 AM Capacity of a tandem dump truck.
mrsilv04 Offline


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What is the load capacity of a tandem dump truck like this?


I'm needing about 24,000 pounds of gravel hauled for a landscaping project. I was just curious how much of a load that 24,000 pounds would be for a truck like this?

A full load, 3/4 of a load, 1/2 of a load?
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#1880200 - 05/04/10 08:35 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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I think 10 tonnes is about the limit for a dual axle, a tri axle can do a bit more. Just ask for 12 tonnes in one load and see what they tell you.
Gravel pits sell by weight here, not loads or volume.
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#1880219 - 05/04/10 08:47 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: IndyIan]
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Cost is by weight so if the material is wet it costs more even if its the same volume. Most trucks that deliver to my place haul 12-13 ton.


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#1880228 - 05/04/10 08:53 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: IndyIan]
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Around here they carry about 18 tons. Ever tandem load I've ordered is around that figure.

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#1880229 - 05/04/10 08:53 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: Cup of Joe]
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So, it sounds like I'm right at a full load.

I'm going to ask for 12 tons (or a full load, I'm not sure how big his truck is), I was just curious as to how much of a load that would be for a tandem truck.

Fully aware of what happens when gravel is wet. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it works.
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#1880255 - 05/04/10 09:23 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Depends on how much the truck weighs empty.

Tandems can legal 34k and that front 12k total. 56,000lbs total with perfect loading. Truck alone probly weighs around 18-20k.


Edited by Chris142 (05/04/10 09:24 AM)
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#1880283 - 05/04/10 09:45 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: Chris142]
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gravel will weigh 2,700 to 3,000 pounds per cubic yard
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#1880302 - 05/04/10 10:04 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: BobsArmory]
mrsilv04 Offline


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Originally Posted By: BobsArmory
gravel will weigh 2,700 to 3,000 pounds per cubic yard


I was told to figure 1.4 tons (2800#) per cubic yard, so that's right in there.

I need about 8.5 cubic yards, so that's where I'm figuring that I need 12 tons.
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#1880314 - 05/04/10 10:11 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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You'll need a full load.
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#1880422 - 05/04/10 11:46 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: ccs v2.0]
mrsilv04 Offline


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What can I expect to pay... $5 - $10 a mile?

Round trip from my site to the gravel quarry and back will be right at 25 miles.
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#1880435 - 05/04/10 11:57 AM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Do you have a license to drive that truck? What about experience driving 25 tons down the road?

I'd just have it delivered. Around here it would be cheaper than paying $200-300 in rental fees and you aren't wasting a couple of hours of your time.
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#1880451 - 05/04/10 12:10 PM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: tom slick]
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Make sure it's LOCKED. when I lived in maine, we were following behind one of those, it would occasionally drop a few rocks out the bottom of the back. We stayed back. It went up a hill, and the back opened and dumpedabout 30 feet of big 4, 5" rocks onto the road, before closing again, and it did this twice more, though the amount of rocks it dumped was much smaller. Mom and I followed it and called the police, because he didn't even stop, just kept going. She blocked him in where he pulled in and let him know, and waited for the police to show up and take care of it. He didn't have it shut and locked properly.


Edited by rudolphna (05/04/10 12:11 PM)
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#1880529 - 05/04/10 01:38 PM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
What can I expect to pay... $5 - $10 a mile?

Round trip from my site to the gravel quarry and back will be right at 25 miles.

I think Grade A gravel(side of the highway type) was $20/ton delivered for free within 6 miles last time I got some, but I live in the country with probably a dozen pits within 10 miles of me.
Get some quotes, if you don't sound like you know what it should cost some guys might take you for ride.
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#1880596 - 05/04/10 02:38 PM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: IndyIan]
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Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: IndyIan

I think Grade A gravel(side of the highway type) was $20/ton delivered for free within 6 miles last time I got some, but I live in the country with probably a dozen pits within 10 miles of me.
Get some quotes, if you don't sound like you know what it should cost some guys might take you for ride.


I'm betting the gravel will be between $20 and $25 a ton.

As for the total cost, I really don't care, I'm not the one that is paying for it... it's actually for a Church.

I'm donating my time and labor to get it ordered, prepping where it goes, spreading it out with a garden tractor and blade, and then raking it out smooth.

The guy that I'm having haul it came highly recommended from a close friend. I just didn't pick this guy at random out of the yellow pages.

I look at it this way... if a guy wants to overcharge a Church and take them "for a ride"... well, then.... he's a lot braver than I am.

LOL
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#1880652 - 05/04/10 03:25 PM Re: Capacity of a tandem dump truck. [Re: mrsilv04]
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Yeah St.Peter will have his name highlited when that time comes LOL

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