One important thing that needs to be known when purchasing a vehicle from dump truck sales is its volume, or the capacity of the vehicle in terms of the load size that it can handle. Knowing the dump truck volume helps eliminate the guess work in determining whether a certain size load can be carried which ultimately results in more accurate and reliable service to customers.
While the information about the size of load a truck can accommodate is easily found in the vehicle’s manual, knowing how to use it is a skill that is expected from an operator. Some older vehicles may no longer have the manual available and determining the capacity means getting the proper measurements directly from the equipment.
Measuring Dump Bed Volume
In order to obtain an accurate measurement, a few tools are needed, including a long measuring tape to measure the bed’s length, width and height; a calculator to do the computations is also needed. When measuring, it is important to keep in mind to measure the inside of the bed and not the outside to get the most accurate figures.
- Length – Start by measuring the length of the bed in feet. Have an assistant hold one end of the measuring tape while walking toward the end of the bed for an accurate reading.
- Width – Next, measure the width of the dump truck bed. Again, an assistant should be maintaining the end portion of the measuring tape so as not to alter its position.
- Wall Height – Lastly, measure the height of the walls of the dump bed. Begin from the bottom toward the top end of the side.
- Calculate – After obtaining measurements, simply multiply the length, width and height to get the bed’s volume; the result will be in cubic feet. To convert cubic feet into cubic yards, simply divide the figures by 27.
For example: a bed is 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet high. The bed volume is 448 cubic feet. Divide the 448 by 27 to convert it into yards and the result is 16.60 cubic yards.
Keep in mind that while this computation determines the size of load the bed can handle in terms of volume, it does not dictate the truck’s capacity in terms of weight. More importance should be placed on weight capacity rather than volume capacity. Some materials are denser than others, so while a load of material may occupy the same space, some are denser which would make the load considerably heavier.
For example, a load of dirt will not weigh the same as a load of sand due to the fact that sand is denser than dirt. To be safe, always check the actual weight of the load against the equipment’s capacity rather than just filling the bed and compromising safety.
Knowing the volume of a truck bed is important to the efficiency of a job. Although most vehicles already have such data printed clearly an owner’s manual, it is vital to know how to compute the volume of the load capacity manually. The value of this figure is also important when searching for vehicles at dump truck sales to find the model that best fits a company’s needs. This calculation is vital to be able to match the right bed volume with the necessary capacity!