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How many yards?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brad3403, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Just picked up my new (old) sanding truck. Drove 1000 miles to get it. Previous owner never used it. I haven't had a chance to fill it yet. Any thoughts on how many yards it will hold? Hopefully the pictures get posted, haven't had good luck posting pictures.[​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG]
  2. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I'm guessing 5-6...nice looking truck btw. What did you pay for it?
  3. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    you are just a buying machine this year, nice truck, have you found a loader yet?
  4. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Thats about what I thought too. If I extend the sides i figure I can add another 1 or 2. I'm sure the truck will handle it. I paid $5900 US for it. I needed another big sander and it looked to be in great shape (and it is).
  5. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Yeah its around a 6 cu yd hopper on it. Got one about that size, Very nice truck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    I think I`m gonna hold off on a loader for now unless a smokin deal comes along.
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    weight is the problem with sand, not volume.
    figure 1.2 tons per yard

    at 5 yards that's 6 tons (12,000lbs)

    what's it rated?

    overweight tickets are incredibly expensive.
  8. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    knowing brad he already has that thought out.
  9. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I think the 800's are rated for 33,000 pounds. I know my 750 is rated for 25,500.
  10. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    I would say 5 yds legally. Nice looking truck. Very clean with no rust at all!!
  11. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    WOW, what a great looking truck for the year!!
  12. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Looks like 7 to me.........
  13. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    We have the same truck, short wheelbase, with a drop in Swenson spreader. You should be able carry 8 yards of sand. Load her heavy to the front because with the short wheelbase it's hard to get the weight up on the front axle. We've been busted by DOT for being overweight on the rear axle.wesport Do you have a weight limit for each axle (8,000 K I beleive?) Like we do?
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010
  14. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,160

    Sweet truck!
  15. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872


    To obtain the accurate struck volume of the spreader:

    the formulas for a rectangular solid and a trapezoid are used

    For a rectangular solid

    Length Times Width Times height(in inches) divide by 1728(volume of one cubic foot)

    and you have the cubic feet of volume for the upper part of the hopper.

    For the lower part which is a Trapezoid:

    base one (which is the the narrow base)

    base two (which is the wide base)

    Total height (the height of the space between base on and two only)

    Partial height (any measurement such as 12 inches for example)

    Length (the length of the hopper)

    Length times b plus (b2-b1) times (height 1) divided by (total height) plus (b1 times height 1) divided by 2 to obtain the volume in cubic inches, divide this by 1728 to obtain the cubic feet of the trapeziod.

    Add the volume of the two shapes to obtain the struck volume cubic feet of capacity.

    And hope your sand load is not worthy of an overweight ticket but weighing a cubic foot of the sand at loading would give you a rough idea of how much the load will weigh as you will know the struck volume capacity.

    A passive air operated tag axle mounted ahead of the rear axle using 10:00-15:00 trailer tires would avoid any issues most likely.

  16. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Wow Leon, my heads a hurtin. :dizzy: I myself just hand a tape measure to Junior and ask him to figure it out, who in turn would pocket my tape, never to be seen again, jump in a 1 yard loader and count how many buckets to fill. :laughing:
  17. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    in alberta he is going to have to have it inspected as a commercial vehicle anyways, and at that time they well TELL him what they feel the truck is rated for.
  18. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Whose they Buckwheat?? The axles will tell him what the truck is rated for.
  19. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    Maybe you canucks do it differently up there in the Northland, dontcha know? The truck is RATED for a certain weight. It's not a judgement call how much it can hold or carry. Now if your equipment isnt up to par for the rating, you could be OOS.

    How about the OP walk outside, take three measurements of the bed, do some 2nd grade math, and TELL US what it carries?
  20. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Should be a GVW rating on the door. Short single axle truck with normal size tires will not be over 26,000. That box is not more than 5 yarder.