Dump Truck Rental: 8 Things to Consider

Before you get your dump truck rental, think about the following things that can save you time and money:

1. Type-Dump truck rentals vary in design and size, but they are usually built on something similar to a flatbed truck, consisting of a cab over a front axle with a dump box in back over one-to-three axles. Hydraulics are used to power the dump box in one of two ways. The more common kind lift the end by the cab with pistons, making the whole box tip so everything inside comes out. The second has a vertical panel held in place in the box by hydraulic cylinders. When the cylinders push it to the back of the dump box, everything gets shoved out the hinged tailgate. The first is easier to make and maintain, so it is cheaper and more common. The second does not need as much vertical space to use so it can be useful when working under obstructions.
2.  Size. Know not only how the dump truck will be used but how much material will be involved. It doesn’t make sense to pay more for a bigger truck if you don’t need it. Think about whether one big load is necessary or if several smaller ones will work better. The volume of a dump box is determined by multiplying its length in feet by its height and width. Then divide that number by 27 to determine total cubic yards. If you are hauling soil, sand or similar materials, they way they round on top gives you an additional ½ cubic yard of capacity. Typically dump truck capacity is between 3-14 cubic yards, but there are some larger ones. The total weight of the truck increases with capacity and may affect which roads and what kind of surface it can be driven on. A general range is 20,000 to 56,000 pounds 3.  Details. Besides the size of the truck, know your approximate budget, the length of rental and that dates you want it for before you start calling around for rental information and prices. 4.  Driver. Many states have laws requiring anyone who drives a dump truck considered heavy machinery to have a higher license class than the average driver. Evidence of the correct license is typically required before you rent the truck. Arrange to have a qualified driver before renting. Some rental agencies will provide an operator with the equipment for one set fee. 5.  Calls. Contact nearby rental companies to see if they have the correct size truck available when you need it. Also consider searching online. Most national sites will include ways of finding agencies close to your location. You may also be able to rent a dump truck from a local construction company. They might be willing to provide a driver with the truck for one amount.

6.  Price. It is always a good idea to compare rates on a dump truck rental. When you call around for availability, also get cost quotes so you have an idea of what prices are like in your area. While they do vary, dump truck rental rates for a 5-6 cubic yard capacity run around $200-$300 daily, $700-$800 weekly and $2,000-$3,000 for 4-weeks. There is often an additional mileage rate, typically around $.30 per mile. Many agencies don’t rent the truck hourly, but if they do, expect to pay around $60 an hour. Inquire about additional fees and deposits. A $100-$200 deposit is fairly common and typically increases for longer rentals. Also remember to figure in the cost of fuel.

7.  Alternatives. If you are just looking to get rid of materials or junk from one place, a dumpster rental may make more sense. Since the service delivers and hauls away the dumpster, you do not need to find a qualified driver. It may be cheaper as well as easier.

8.  Charity. If you need the truck for a charitable reason, such as a community project, ask a local construction company if they would donate a truck and driver. Some regularly do this to be involved in the community and as part of their charitable donations.

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