Roll-off trucks are the workhorses of several industries. Construction companies and demolition crews need them on a daily basis to haul debris from jobsites. Garbage management companies need them to shift waste to landfills. Scrap dealers need them to transport scrap material from one location to another. With an open, rectangle container set on wheels that moves and tilts, roll-off trucks have multiple applications and are an indispensable piece of transport equipment that was first designed in the 1930s by George Dempster for his family’s construction business.
If you are looking to buy a container for your roll-off truck, here are 3 factors that will help you choose an equipment that best suits your company’s needs.
- Roll-offs can carry an incredible amount of cargo, and there are several sizes to consider.
A 12-yard dumpster is 3.5 ft tall and 15 ft long. A 20-yard dumpster is 4.5 ft tall and 23 ft long. A 30-yard dumpster is 6.5 ft tall and 23 ft long. A 40-yard dumpster is 8.5 ft tall and 23 ft long.
Do a careful analysis of both your current and future needs to find one that makes the most economical sense for you.
- The kind of material you transport is another factor that will play into your decision. For example, if you are going to shift heavy material like, say, glass or metal scraps, you’ll probably need a smaller container to stay within the weight limit. To further illustrate this, here’s a quick comparison of material weight (cu/yd in lbs). Dirt: 2050 lbs; gravel: 2565 lbs; sand: 2970 lbs; concrete: 4050 lbs. And so on.
- Think about the location where you’re going to park. Would you have sufficient space to maneuver the equipment? Also, do you need parking permits? Municipalities have different sets of regulations and permits regarding dumpsters on both open streets and private property. Be sure you know them beforehand.
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