Question: End Dump vs. Side Dump? What Makes the most money?


Staff member
Oct 30, 2022
Choosing the right type of dump truck is an important decision for any trucker. The two main types of dump trucks are side dumps and end dumps. While both are excellent options, each has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to profitability. Let’s explore the differences between these two types of dump trucks so that you can make an informed decision about which one will be best for your business.

Side Dumps: Side dumps are ideal for hauling bulky items such as rocks, dirt, gravel, and other heavy materials. These trailers have large sides that dump on either side, allowing for easy unloading of materials. The downside to side dumps is that they won't help with fuel efficiency, because they are metal. Additionally, they require more maintenance than other types of dump trucks due to their complex mechanisms.
Cost can range from 55k-67k.

End Dumps: End dumps are great for hauling sand, asphalt, mulch, and other loose materials. These trucks have a large bed at the back that opens up in order to unload materials quickly and efficiently. They also tend to be more fuel-efficient than side dumps since they can be driven at higher speeds due to their lighter weight and smaller size. However, Aluminum End Dump trailers have a limited option on the size of material they can haul, compared to side dumps which means they cannot haul as many larger types of material. Cost can range from 55k-88k.

Ultimately, it comes down to what fits best into your budget and business plan when deciding between a side dump or an end dump truck for your operations. A side dump is great for hauling heavier loads such as rocks or dirt but may not be cost effective in terms of fuel efficiency or maintenance costs over time compared with an end dump which is better suited for lighter materials like sand or asphalt but may not fit larger loads into its smaller bed size without multiple trips back and forth from the job site. Whichever type of dump trailer you choose, it's essential to consider the pros and cons before investing in either option so that you can maximize your profits!