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Can a dump truck fit in a drive way?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by buffalonick, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. buffalonick

    buffalonick Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Do many of you plow residential driveways, single driveways with dump trucks? Can something like a 550 fit down a driveway with a straight plow?
     
  2. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    it can its just not ideal for visibility and maneuverability especially when it comes to backing out on to the road. I do a couple drives in a dump truck and its a pain in the butt. so its not totally impossible
     
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Depends on the size of the driveway and type of dump truck.
     
  4. johnslawn

    johnslawn Member
    from ma
    Messages: 90

    I use a 1ton dump, driveways only. With the west coast mirrors I dont miss looking over my shoulder. Also like 2cor said, size and type.
     
  5. becpropertymain

    becpropertymain Member
    Messages: 43

    sure can........
     
  6. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I wouldn't use anything over a 1 ton if it were me. Reason being, the larger trucks usually have the back filled with salt, or stone for weight. Residental drives aren't usually poured, or layed in thick enough to support the weight of larger dump trucks. So you might crack the drive. Then what monry you make plowing for the season, will just go to replace drives in the spring. Just my opinion.
     
  7. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    This is very true. I cracked the piss out of my drive just with my truck and the loaded landscape trailer going over it. Most drives are about 4 inches thick, although there are some that are thicker. My grandpa's drive is about 10" since his motor home weighs 35,000 lbs loaded and he drives that over it. But those are a rarity. I would say do it, just be very careful with it. Wouldnt hurt to take a shovel before the season starts, dig a small hole on the side of the drive to see how thick the concrete is. Sounds like a hassle, but I would rather dig a small hole instead of replacing a whole drive out of my pocket.
     
  8. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    wow u guys up here pour your drives thick mine down in florida which is asphalt is only 2 inches thick...as a matter of fact when i was building roads in sub-divisions down there the roads in the sub division all accept the main boulevard were only 2 inches of asphalt with 6 inches of lime rock for a base and 2 inches of stabilized clay. as for concrete drives i think the norm down there for 4-6 inches but asphalt was 2-3 and no real base or sub-grade. i drove just about anything over my driveway cars,trucks, tractor trailers but then again nothing sat on the drive way very long i would always pull off in the dirt
     
  9. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    we run an f-550 with a fullsize 8611 in some driveways that suvs would be tight. with the right driver who knows his route and proper weight and 4x4 it can be done. still would rather my f-250 for drives though
     
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Depends on the driver and how fast he is driving...go fast enough and a dump truck will fit anywhere....lol
     
  11. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Like everybody else said it depends on the size of the driveway. You could fit an F-550 in most of driveways I plow. But it would be a pain in the a$$ for most of the driveways I plow.