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What size truck do I need to pull a mobile blasting trailer?

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Towing capacity

An often overlooked, but important part of choosing the right trailer for your blasting business is your current vehicle's capabilities.  More specifically, do you own a truck, and what is its towing capacity? The bigger the trailer, the heavier it is. Don't forget about additional materials such as water and abrasives that can quickly add weight to your towing capacity. 

For reference, a full 150-gallon water tank can add 1,200 pounds and a 40 bag pallet of abrasive can weigh 2,000 additional pounds! Of course,  you wouldn't always need to carry a full pallet of abrasive with you to a job site and additional weight can always be split between your truck bed and the trailer.

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If you do own a truck, then you may have heard the terms 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1-ton trucks. These terms are generally used to describe the truck's size, hauling, and towing capacity.

1/2 Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Ram 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • Toyota Tundra

3/4 Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • Ram 2500
  • Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • Nissan Titan XD

1-Ton Truck Examples

  • Chevy Silverado 3500HD
  • Ram 3500
  • GMC 3500
  • Ford F-350 Super Duty

Always be sure to check your owner's manual for your vehicle's specifics, but here are some general guidelines.

Dustless Blasting Model Loaded Weight Estimate (with 150 gallons of water) Suggested Truck Size
DB500 Mobile S 5,500 Pounds 1/2 Ton Truck or Greater
DB500 Mobile XL 9,100 Pounds 3/4 Ton Truck or Greater
DB800 Mobile XL 9,700 Pounds 3/4 Ton Truck or Greater
DB800 Mobile XXL Dual 14,100 Pounds 1 Ton Truck or Greater
DB1500 Mobile XXL 11,346 Pounds 1 Ton Truck or Greater
DB3000 Mobile XXL 12,546 Pounds 1 Ton Truck or Greater

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you're looking for more detailed specs, check out these additional resources.

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