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Flatbed or Dump Body? What do you think?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by sn95vert, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Long story short, Guy backed up into my 2001 f250 and the insurance company paid me out for it. The bed is starting to rot due to being in NH most of its life. Im thinking about getting a flatbed or dump and was wondering what do you guys think I should get? I eventually want to get a sander for it and do a bunch of commercial properties. I don't really put anything in my bed unless im hauling a snow blower or two. Im leaning toward a flatbad but not 100% sure. What do you think?
     
  2. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    My buddie has one of these. It caqme on a truck and he was going to sell it, but it's come in handy so much in this biz he kept it. I want the truck it's on namely for the bed now.

    http://tafcoequip.com/Default.asp?page=698
     
  3. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    That's pretty badass! I like this one minus a lift.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Heck ya that's sweet. Infact, his doesn't have a hoist. He bought one for it but never installed it.
     
  5. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    with it only being an F150 i dont know if you could put a dump on it and still have any payload left. you deffently wouldnt be able to put a v box on it.
     
  6. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    It's a 250
     
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    a flatbed will be cheaper and would work best for what you want to do
     
  8. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    I have an 02 F250 as well and the bed is rotting and dented a little. I have decided to go with a dump bed as well. I am going to make another one kind of like I made one for my chevy. It will be longer though and not have wood planks. It will have diamond plate. Dump kit is about 1500.00, steel/paint/lights about 1500.00 and some time. After the season is over I am going to get to work. Here is my Chevy build.
    http://www.tjsperformance.com/chevytruck.htm
     
  9. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    TJS, nice work and awesome step by step write up.
     
  10. Cooter24

    Cooter24 Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 268

    Dump bed with a diamond plate floor? I don't get it.
     
  11. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    maybe i missed it but i didnt see were he said diamond plate floor, im thinking he means for the side boards.
     
  12. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    What don't I get. I am not going to use wood planks this time. I am going to use diamond plate.
     
  13. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    If you had an F-350 or higher, I would go with a dump bed with drop sides like shown above.

    The drop sides are the bomb with any dump. It gives you that much more versatility.

    With a 250 or less though, I'd stick with a simple flatbed. You'll save a lot of weight not having a hydraulic pump, cylinder and lift system associated with the dump.
     
  14. Omran

    Omran Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 265

    Flat bed period LOL
     
  15. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Don't do a dump, unless you are putting leaves or mulch from a tree shredder in it.. The 1 tons barely have a payload to handle a dump. Flatbed 's are very useful. Spend your money on a long tandem dual dump trailer.
     
  16. havenlax18

    havenlax18 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    I would go with a flat bed, I would also make sure it has steak holes so you can make your own wood gates for it.
     
  17. Cooter24

    Cooter24 Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 268

    You must be building this bed for looks. I agree with the not using wood floor. Tread-plate is for looks, if you are gonna use it for work use flat steel. The tread-plate adds no "tread" anyways, especially when wet.

     
  18. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Whats up TJ. Idk if you remember me but you welded my intake for my 95 before I sold it. Havent been on LMMC in a while.
     
  19. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Im leaning toward a flatbed. Theres a bunch of guys at my job that has them and they look awesome. I like the look and makes their 250/350's look 100 times better.
     
  20. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    How thick of plate do you have. I def. will never do wood again. I know what you mean about wet diamond plate. :mad:
    T.J.