So I mentioned in a previous post that I own a dump truck.
I find that owning a dump truck has many advantages when you live outside of the urban center, where you’ve got to do a lot of the things that your local municipality would normally do for you.
For instance, the private road I live on is about a mile long to my driveway, and my driveway is 1,850 feet long. That’s over a third of a mile of road that I have to maintain all by myself, and another mile that me and my four neighbors maintain between us. There is a gravel pit 3 miles from my place, that charges 11.50 a ton for 5/8 minus gravel. Or, if you pick it up yourself in your own dump truck, it’s 6 bucks a ton. That’s a 5.50 per ton savings for a six mile round trip.
Also, as the construction projects proceed, I find myself in need of a dumpster to pick up all the non-compostable scraps. Drywall, plastic tarps, strapping, nails, etc all add up. Instead of paying for a dumpster, you just park your dump truck close to the site and use it for a dumpster. The local transfer station charges $60 a ton for garbage. Generally I can fill the truck and go dump the load up there for $20 a pop. Just pull this lever right here…
It’s also very efficient for moving dirt around on my 25 acres. A ¼ yard tractor bucket at a time for the length of the property takes years. A 6 yard dump load at a time takes hours.
Now, about my truck. She needs some help. Restoration projects will commence sometime next year, but in the meantime, she’s going to stay rusty and ugly. She’s a 1964 International Loadstar 1700. 27,500 pounds gross weight, and about a 6 yard capacity.
She’s got some rust, and she was 16 years old before I was even born, but she runs good, works hard, and gets the job done. This truck is 52 years old, has ten speeds (5 speed transmission with a 2 speed rear end), and 180 blistering horsepower. It’s a 345 cubic inch gasoline engine, meaning my wife’s Tahoe has a bigger, more powerful engine in it. She ain’t fast, but she gets the job done.
I call her Mater, after the rusty old tow truck in the movie “Cars.” You know, like “TO-mater” only without the “Tow”.