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How Much Can a Dump Truck Carry?

It depends on the dump truck size, make, and model. Chicago shoppers can find a wide range of models from different manufacturers in our used dump truck inventory — all offering unique capabilities. On average, large dump trucks can carry roughly 28,000 pounds or about 14 tons. Smaller dump trucks can manage about 13,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds or 6.5 to 7.5 tons. Dump truck pricing can vary widely, so it’s important to consider your needs carefully.

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How to Calculate Dump Truck Capacity

If you’re planning to haul material for landscaping in Madison, you may be wondering, “How many tons does my truck hold?” You can find the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) on your registration. If you know the weight of the dump truck and how much you need to haul, you can make an educated guess. Generally, dump trucks weigh close to their load capacity. If a dump truck is filled to capacity with 6.5 tons, the truck and load will probably weigh around 13 tons.


How to Buy and Haul Material By the Cubic Yard

When it comes to outdoor projects, there are all sorts of materials measured in cubic yards, including fill dirt, mulch, pea gravel, topsoil, organic compost, and more. You can easily find cubic yard calculators online, but here’s a quick formula to use if you’re without a smartphone or computer:

  • Measure the width and length of the area in feet.
  • Measure the depth of the material in inches.
  • Convert the length and width to inches and multiply both by 12.
  • Multiply the three dimensions, including depth, together to get cubic inches.
  • Divide the cubic inches by 46,656 (number of inches in a cubic yard) to find the number of cubic yards you need.

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Learn More from Badger Truck & Auto Group Near Waukesha!

To sum up, the answer to “how many cubic yards does a dump truck hold” depends on the truck and its size. Badger Truck & Auto Group’s knowledgeable team can answer any additional questions you might have about how much dump trucks can carry, and help you find the perfect vehicle for your next job. Whether you need more information about truck tire life expectancy or the best diesel truck engines, we’re here to help. Contact us today!

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