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Things To Think About While Buying A Used Garbage Truck

| Garbage Truck | October 2, 2012

There are always going to be things that you need to know when you are trying to buy a used vehicle, and those same things can be applied to buying used trucks. You don’t just want to know the towing capacity and things like that. Here are a few things that we put together that should help you on your journey to buying a worthwhile vehicle.

CarFax Is Great! CarFax is a way to find out a vehicles history without having to take the dealerships word on it. It might cost you a few bucks to get a CarFax, but it is going to be well worth it. It will be able to tell you the accident history of the car, if it is stolen, and even if it has any liens against it.

Kelly Blue Book Is Your Friend No one wants to pay more than a car is worth, and that is why it is vital that you check the vehicle’s worth on Kelly Blue Book, or kbb.com. You can find the value of trucks that are similar or trucks that are in the same kind of shape, and that will give you a good starting point of price to move forward with.

Checkout the Odometer Things should match up when you are looking at the age of the truck and the odometer reading. If they don’t, that is probably a sure sign that something is wrong with the person that you are buying the truck from, unless they have a very good reason for never using the truck.

Inspection Time! If you are not someone that knows how to inspect a truck, find a mechanic that will agree to come with you for a small fee or something like that. There are plenty of them out there that are willing to sacrifice a little time for potential business.

The Test Drive Last but not least, you have to be able to take the truck for a test drive. Anyone that refuses to let you take the truck for a test drive is a red flag that you should stay far away from. The test drive is crucial, and try and drive it for a decent amount of time, that way you can get a feel for the truck and see what kind of condition it is in.

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Renting A Dumpster

| Dumpsters | October 2, 2012

Everyone knows that if you are going to start a renovation project, you are going to need somewhere to put all of that waste that you have throughout the project. That is just one of the basic rules of thumb around the construction and renovation industries. One of the best options that you have for this is to rent a container to put it all in and then it will be hauled off for you. This is why so many construction sites and demolition areas have at least one of them. I am sure you want to know how to rent one for your project, so here it goes.

One of the most important parts of knowing how to rent a dumpster is to know what you are talking about and know what the people you are renting from are talking about. What you want is called either a “container” or a “rolloff”, and not a dumpster. The containers that are rented are almost always referred to in cubic yards. But, instead of saying you want a 40 foot cubic yard container, you would just simply say that you want 40 yards of container, or a 40 yarder.

Permits May Be Needed The local parking office of enforcement may require you to have a permit if you are going to be putting the container on the street. They, or the building permit office, can answer all of the questions that you have and let you know exactly what you need to do if that is the case. If you are one of the people that has the room to put the container on your property, you aren’t going to have to worry about permits or any of that stuff.

Clear the Area! Remember, there is going to be a truck that is going to have to pick up this container, and that means that you have to give them space in order to do so. You want to ensure that you do everything you can beforehand to allow for everything to go smoothly once it comes time for the driver to come and get the container. Even if that means coning of some of the street that is in front of the container if need be. Either way, you don’t want that phone call from the truck driver that is seriously frustrated.

Sizing Up the Job My rule is that you should always get the size container that you think is one size too big for you. The last thing you need during a renovation is no more room to put all of the waste that you have during the job. There is the 10 yarder, which is the smallest and is usually used for small one bedroom renovations or just smaller renovations in general. The 20 cubic yard container is about the smallest I would ever recommend anyone going, and is perfect for low size renovations. Then there is the 30 cubic yard container, which is the most versatile for those jobs that are more than just a small renovation. Last but not least, the 40 cubic yard container. This should be used for bigger construction sites and those people that are renovating multiple rooms and areas of a home or property.

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Garbage Trucks

| Garbage Truck | October 2, 2012

Garbage trucks come in a few different types, believe it or not, and many people think they are all the same. But, there are garbage trucks that are designed for all different kinds of jobs and environments. We have put together a list of the different types of garbage trucks and what each one of them is used for.

Front Loader – What is a front loader? Well they have forks located in the front of the cab area that are automated and are used to empty those large containers or dumpsters by use of levers inside the cab. Then the garbage is going to be compacted once it is where it should be. Usually these trucks have over a 50,000 pound capacity and have over 300 horse power.

Side Loader These wonderful garbage trucks can be used to collect the garbage either manually or automatically, and use the side of the truck to pick up the trash receptacles. Most of the time, the trucks are operated by one individual that sits inside the cab. If it is a manual truck, you may see a second person in the cab as well.

Rear Loader – These rear loaders are a bit different than the front loaders. There are people that toss the bags of trash into the container that is located on the back of the truck. Once the container has reached the capacity that it needs to be considered full, it is compacted. Most of the dimensions of the truck and the statistics match that of a front loader.

Recycling Truck – This type of truck is used to collect recyclables. They are usually going to be side loaders that are operated by an individual from inside the cab of the truck. There job is only to collect the recyclables that are separate from the rest of the trash.

Roll-off Truck – This truck, also known as the roll-off truck, is one that is usually used at demolition and construction sites. The container that will hold the trash is usually taken to the site that it is needed at and then it is loaded on to the ground and simply left there. That is because there is usually a high demand at places with demolition or construction going on. Then the truck will come back and pick up the container.

Grapple Truck – The grapple trucks are usually called in when there is something large that needs to be moved, for instance a car that needs to be demolished. This truck usually comes with a claw that can help to move the bulky material to a section of the truck that is used for transportation, or it can even move the bulky material to another vehicle.

Dump Truck Dump trucks are usually literally what they sound like, a big old truck that has a large container attached to the cab that is used to haul large amounts of dirt, rock, and other materials. They can also be used for other waste as well, and the box is operated by hydraulics, and there is usually a hinge or door at the rear of the box.

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Used Garbage Truck Buying Tips

| Garbage Truck | October 2, 2012

Let’s face it, trucks are one of the most versatile methods of transporting anything that you are going to find out on the road. No matter which industry you work in, you are probably going to use a truck to help you complete the tasks that need to be completed. Not only that, trucks are generally used for every day transportation for individuals as well. The demand for garbage trucks has become extremely high, and because of that we are seeing prices go higher for new trucks than ever before.

There is a way around paying those higher prices though, and that is buying used garbage trucks to use instead of buying a new one. I realize that you don’t get that new car smell when you buy a used vehicle, but the savings that you get is going to be huge! You can find the style of garbage truck that you are looking for without having to pay that higher price. We have put together some tips that can help those of you that are buying used trucks.

Figure Out Which Kind of  Garbage Truck You Want - Obviously the first thing that you have to figure out is what kind of garbage truck you are looking to buy, which is going to depend a lot on what you would be using the truck for. If you are one of the many business owners that operates a small to medium sized business trash business, obviously you are going to need a front loader or side loader. It is crucial that you select a garbage truck that matches your needs, that way you can rest assured knowing that your money is going to something that fits your business needs perfectly.

Pick the Right Dealership - The first major starting point that you will need to pick after the type of vehicle that you want is which dealership you want to go to. You have to find a dealership that has some selection with the type of truck that you are interested in, and then you need to find out which dealerships anyone that you know has gone to. You can also read reviews and things of that nature in order to get a good starting point on which dealership you should go to.

A Younger Used Garbage Truck –  You don’t really want to buy a truck that is older than 4 years generally, just as a basic rule of thumb when buying used trucks. This is just because after 4 years the truck generally becomes a bad investment and is not worth the money that you would pay for it with depreciation.

Using Financial Calculators Online These financial calculators are a great way to get a good idea of what you can spend when it comes to your used truck. They can give you a great estimate on the final price that you can spend and an idea of what your monthly payments and down payment will look like.

Watch Your Budget - One of my favorite tips is that you shouldn’t spend more than you can afford to spend. It is crucial that you stick to your budget no matter what agenda the people at the dealership may have. Obviously it is their goal to get you to spend as much as possible on a vehicle, and it is your job to stick to spending what you can comfortably.

Dealerships Over Private Sellers - One of the rookie mistakes that a lot of people make is buying from private sellers. When in reality, you really should be buying from dealerships. They can offer you some sort of guarantee usually and they have the reputation and financing that you need.

Ask Plenty of Questions It is important that you understand everything throughout the process of buying a car, like the paper work and all of that noise. If at all you feel like you are falling behind or your questions are not being answered, make it a point to get them answered. Remember, you can take as long as you need to make this important decision, you should never feel like you are being rushed. They are there to serve you, not the other way around.

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Types of Dumpsters & Dumpster Services

| Dumpsters | October 2, 2012

The world of dumpster services is usually divided up into two different categories, there is temporary dumpster services and then there is permanent dumpster services. The types of containers can usually be narrowed down to open top or compactors, and large or small. Whichever you may need, you are going to want to look at the differences between the services and dumpsters.

Temporary Dumpster Service

This type of service is going to be called upon when someone needs a container that will be dropped off for a period of time, and then collected once the container has been filled with the waste that needs to be disposed. They come in cubic yard sizes, which range from 10 to 40 yards. The sizes may differ though depending on the area of the country that you live in. The typical name for this type of service is large container service. It is often used by those that have larger renovations or just have a large amount of waste that they need to get rid of all at one time.

These types of rentals can last just a day or even up to a year. It just really depends on the scope and size of the project at hand. There are professional construction companies that easily use them for months at a time. Once in a while you might see smaller sized dumpsters like you do at businesses, but that doesn’t happen very often. Simply because the weight that the normal waste of jobs of this size accumulate is far too heavy for a dumpster that size.

Temporary Dumpster Renting

One consideration that a lot of people seem to forget is you are going to want a different type of dumpster for different types of waste. The average dumpster that you see at most businesses and complex’s is the one that is meant for general waste or trash. But, there are dumpsters that can be meant for only green waste, which is your average yard waste. There is also demolition and construction waste dumpsters, and even recyclable dumpsters that are just simply meant to hold cardboard and other objects that can be recycled.

Permanent Rentals of Dumpsters

There are large dumpsters that are rented permanently, but the majority of them are going to be smaller containers or compactors. The larger containers that are rented permanently are those that you see behind malls or big corporations. Where as the smaller ones are the ones that you see when you go to just about any business. Basically the idea is that you can have these dumpsters permanently in your area while they get picked up by a truck every week or so. Compacted rentals are enclosed and will allow for the trash to be crushed and compacted, allowing the user to put more trash in the rental before it is emptied. The open top rentals are those that allow for the users to throw trash in over the top of the dumpster usually.

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