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Author:  mark [ Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Belt Trailer - Are they the right choice for your operation?

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Is a belt trailer the right decision for your operation?

Questions to ask:
What is the cubic yard capacity of a belt trailer compared to an alternative like a moving floor system?

Answer:
Generally, a belt trailer has about 75% of the cubic yard capacity of the moving floor trailer. Or 25% less capacity than a moving floor trailer.

Question:
What is the cost per cubic yard of capacity of a belt trailer?

Answer:
Every situation is different but it is not unusual to find belt trailers that are 50-70% more expensive than a moving floor trailer based on the cost per cubic yard of capacity hauled.

Question:
If a moving floor trailer carries 25% more cubic capacity than a belt trailer, how many more trips does a belt trailer have to make than a moving floor trailer?

Answer:
It depends the number of miles the load is hauled. It depends on the time spent at the unload site. Generally speaking, a moving floor trailer with a good clean out system will make fewer trips to unload more cubic capacity.

Question:
Are there some commodities better suited to a belt trailer than others?

Answer:
Yes, crops that might be damaged by a moving floor style trailer.

Question:
How does the maintenance of a belt trailer and a moving floor trailer compare?

Answer:
The floor is a moving floor trailer will probably last twice as long as a belt trailer with commodities that have no abrasive materals in the commodities. The cost to replace the belt is about twice the cost to replace a moving floor floor.


Question:
Which system is the best for you?

Answer:
Only you can determine that. Make sure you get all the facts and analyze the data to make a good decision for you.


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