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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2015

CT, Where can I find a 50 yard dump truck, with a driver?

We need a load of potting soil picked up in Millerton, NY and brought to Wethersfield, CT asap

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Afraid if you find one, you will find it is not road legal - that is a pit and quarry size truck, not an over-road truck size. And I seriously doubt CT allows a double-bottom semi trailed lashup of two 25cy end-dump semi trailers - oversize and over-weight for almost all states - only a few upper midwestern and western rural states allow that, even if it could fall within legal load limits.

I presume this is a commercial purchase for VERY large commercial landscaping job or to stock a landscape center or such, because that is about 4 normal dump truck loads even if light.

If this is dried bulk product you MIGHT - depending on density, be able to use road legal MaxHaul or Side Dumper tractor trailer to haul it (with cover tarp to prevent blowoff) - they can haul about 20-24CY typically IF allowed on the roads needed to get to you, and IF capacity load would not exceed load limits. Otherwise, max legal load is likely to be about a 12CY dump truck with says an 8-10CY pup - so maybe 20-22CY, which would mean several trips.

To find truckers, if the dealer does not do deliveries from his end, you would need to contact a trucking dispatch broker - they find and schedule available contract haulers.

Or, easier but maybe more cost because guaranteed to be empty run one way each trip - check with local truckers (Excavation contractors would be your Search the list category) who can make the run as many times as needed - contract for the entire amount and let them figure which truck to use and load limits along the way, because might be a side dumper or tilt-bed semi trailer, might be a dumptruck with pup, might be a hungry dumptruck driver who is willing to make more trips but cheaper overall.

First thing they are likely to ask is the loose density of the soil in pounds per cubic yard, because might be as low as 50-60 pcf if totally shredded and dry, maybe 75-100 if normal field shredded organic potting mix, or on up to as much as 140-150 pcf if saturated organic soil. Makes a HECK of a difference in hauling capacity.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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