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first dump truck

Discussion in 'Trucks' started by shadow, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. wilko

    wilko Senior Member

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    Everything Mitch said, plus you have fixed costs. Insurance, license, these cost the same sitting or running and you have to cover them before you make a dime. Throw in an engine, transmission or rear end failure (common with "starter" trucks) and you're deep in a hole.
     
  2. pafarmer

    pafarmer Senior Member

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    I bought a brand new Ford L9000 in 1984 and that truck is still on the toad today making money daily. 3306 CAT motor, Aluminum Benson dump. Great truck ....
     
  3. Monserandsons

    Monserandsons Well-Known Member

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    i dont like it when people say you cant do it. dont worry if, if you 'keep doing it', they will look for someone else to tell they cant do it.
     
  4. grizzlycan2011

    grizzlycan2011 Active Member

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    Yea I encountered the same "it's a horrible idea" when I first decided I wanted to be a truck driver. It's been the best decision I ever made, I enjoy my job and make double what I was making. So I'm thinking that buying me a dump truck one day will be the way to go. Just picked me up a part time dump truck job so I can learn the ropes. I also called an independent dump truck operator and he said its tough sometimes but wouldn't ever drive for someone else again. Gave me the same advice I was thinking, "buy a truck but don't quit your job right away" which is what I plan on doing. He also told me to give him a call when I get one and he'll throw me work when he can. So I got high hoped and a bright outlook.
     
  5. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    One can take the advice given as "it's a horrible idea" or one can take the advice given as a precaution. A dump truck business is tough, you can make money at it or you can loose your ass. It's your choice on how to take the advice.:cool2
     
  6. grizzlycan2011

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    Well I'm currently trying to gain dump truck experience working for someone else part time...maybe even full time if the pay is right, but is $10-12 an hour the going rate? That's the offers I'm getting.
     
  7. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Our markets are similar, that rate for starting with not much experience part time is in line with my area.
     
  8. grizzlycan2011

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    Well I think I may have found what I'm looking for just trying to figure out if I should. Starting pay is $13 an hour and 70 hours a week, so right at $1100 a week. Even though it's a $1 less than what I make now, I'd still make about $1000 more a month. I'll be driving either a regular dump truck or a belly dump, he said he's not sure yet. It comes with w2 so I won't have to do a 1099 and it has health insurance. It will also give me the experience and possible contacts id need to start my own gig one day. I'm looking for cons but all I can really think is that it's $13 an hour instead of $14.
     
  9. ctkiteboarding

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    go for it !!!!
    Be there early every morning.
    Stay late each eve.

    keep the truck u drive spotless and in good repair, never complain to anyone in the network.

    just work , do a GREAT job and get contacts as you meet people. after a year or two the people in the business will hear your name and KNOW that you are a asset to any operation (either as a employee or sub) that your truck looks great and runs even better. Work will always be there for you unlike the guy who has a dirty truck that's always at the tire shop and he's sitting there bitching about his job/boss . he will be the first to be let go.
     
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  10. grizzlycan2011

    grizzlycan2011 Active Member

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    Those are some good tips, been trying to figure out how to stand out at work with multiple drivers.
     
  11. old skool iron

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    My air bag Freight Liner is very very good . The ride in an air bag system is twice as smooth then other options , with 12 hour days you will like the smooth ride . I did install air bags on the front end, best thing I have ever done for my truck , makes the ride stable and square on all terrains and corners . As far as getting stuck once you learn how to drive your particular truck it will not happen , The truck will teach you how it wants to be driven . I have never seen or had an air bag explode . Going on two decades with this fine truck .