How to haul and dump dirt, sand or gravel.

by The PIERCE Team on 2/17/15 5:49 PM

P046-UK_4-edited.jpgWhether you’re a contractor, landscaper, or an avid gardener there comes a time when you need to know how to haul and dump dirt, sand or gravel, hay, compost or other products. When this problem arises your options are limited and each comes with its own set of issues. Here we explore your options for hauling and dumping.

Options for hauling and dumping:

  1. Shovel
  2. Hire someone
  3. Dump Trailer
  4. Truck Bed Insert
  5. Dump Kit

If your plan is to haul and dump on a one time basis the first two options are for you. If the ability to haul and dump is something you need to do frequently the last three options are your best bet.

Let's check out our options:


Shoveling hundreds of pounds of anything from the back of a truck or trailer isn't a walk in the park. Depending on who is doing the work it can be a back breaking long day shoveling. We suggest offering friends brews and pizza in exchange for some manual labor, after all they get to hang out with you right? If you're going old school these are a few things you definitely want on hand:

  1. Gloves (those blisters happen fast!)
  2. Shovel
  3. Wheel barrow

Hire someone:

The minute you decide the shovel option isn't for you, hiring someone comes to mind. This option comes with it's own set of quesitons and problems:

Who do you hire? How much is it going to cost?

A great way to get started is to know:

  • What you're hauling
  • How much it weighs

You can throw that information into this cool tool from Homewyse that calculates your cost of dirt removal.

If you know that you will be hauling and dumping frequently and are looking for permanent, consistent options continue reading.

Dump Trailer:

Dump trailers are very popular primarily due to the fact that it's a seperate piece of equipment and does not involve altering an exising truck. You should consider price and load size when deciding if this option is right for you.

Dump Kit Insert: 

These products simply slide into the bed of your pick up truck. This option boasts easy installation but compromises your haul and dump capacity due to the weight of the insert.

Dump Kit Conversion:

Dump kit conversions also called a dump bed kit or dump hoist kit, involve converting your exising truck using the OEM bed or a flat bed. The hydraulic dump bed kit appeals to many as it does not alter the look of the truck, and has less of an impact in towing capacity, but can be tough to install without some mechanical knowledge. 

Now that you know the options, which one is right for you? Click below to download our FREE dump kit comparison guide. The guide compares the trailer, insert, and kit.


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