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Junk Removal Service Comparison
When looking at junk removal services, you as the customer have many options. Some of these junk hauling companies may use different types of trucks to provide their service. The type of truck your junk removal provider uses can give you a good idea on the type of services they provide.
Not all junk removal companies are the same. This article will break down the pros and cons of each type of junk removal business you may consider hiring. Read more to compare junk removal services in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA area.
Junk Removal using Box Trucks
The typical box truck ranges in size between 25 and 45 cubic yards, although large ones can be over 80 cubic yards. The typical dump truck ranges in size between 12 and 20 cubic yards. An average house cleanout (furniture, appliances, clothes, living room set, kitchen set, etc.) will require 1 to 2 box trucks, depending on the amount of items being removed. When using dump trucks, that number can jump to 4 or 5 truckloads.
Certain types of trucks are best suited for certain areas. Cities, for example, thrive with small dump trucks because there are typically numerous “transfer stations” nearby where the trucks can dump their items. In more rural areas, there are no transfer stations and landfills can be up to one or more hours away!
Therefore, in rural areas such as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, it is important to maximize the amount of items in each load. In those situations, a box truck is many times the best option due to it being able to haul over twice as much junk as a dump truck.
One downside to junk hauling with a box truck is small debris. We have found that during basement & garage cleanouts especially, box trucks make life very difficult. Basements and garages are loaded with small items.
These items are then dumped in the box trucks, creating a “mountain” of debris. This debris can slide down, and you can only fill about half the box truck before it all rolls out. Unloading this debris mountain can also be a difficult and time consuming process.
Dump Trucks for Junk Removal
The most common type of truck used by professional junk removal services is the Isuzu NPR Dump Truck. It is reliable, safe, and easy to operate. They are most famous for being used by 1800-GOT-JUNK.
The types of companies that operate dump trucks for junk removal services are typically not the cheapest junk removal option. With that said, they are professional and responsibly dispose of your old items.
A drawback with using a dump truck compared to a box truck is the amount of items you can hold. A typical junk removal dump truckload is 15 cubic yards. With a typical box truck, that number jumps to over 40 cubic yards! This means fewer trips to the dump – which is beneficial on large cleanout projects.
Junk Removal Alternatives
While we just mentioned the two most popular methods of junk removal services, there are other ways that your junk can be hauled away. It is also important to compare these alternative junk removal services to see which is the right fit for you.
- Pickup Truck
- Dump Trailer
Pickup Truck Junk Removal
The pickup truck is the favorite method of “cheap” junk removal. This is because many people already have pickup trucks, so there is a very low barrier to entry into the junk removal business.
The benefit to using a person with a pickup truck is they are cheaper than most competitors. A downside to pickup truck junk removal services is that they are small, and can only hold approximately 4 cubic yards of debris.
We receive many calls from people that tell us they know someone who offers extremely cheap junk removal. We warn all of our customers that while the junk removal services are cheap, many of these “pickup” companies are uninsured. In addition, they typically do not properly dispose of your items and resort to illegal dumping.
Dump Trailer Junk Removal
The least popular, but often-times most flexible option is dump trailer junk removal. Dump trailers are very versatile, in the fact that they can hold 12-40 yards of items depending on size, and can haul tremendous amounts of weight.
Where dump trucks can only haul 2-3 tons of items before they are overloaded, most dump trailers can haul 5-7 tons of junk! This means that dump trailers are great for concrete removal, debris cleanup, and demolition cleanup jobs. They also dump, which makes unloading extremely easy.
The only downsides to dump trailer junk removal is that they often-times cannot fit into tight spaces. If the driver of the truck and dump trailer is inexperienced, backing the trailer into driveways, alleys, yards, etc. can become a challenge. This is why it is important to ask your junk removal company what type of truck/trailer they use to haul your junk away before you agree to the project!
The Best Junk Removal Service
Now that we have compared junk removal services, you can clearly see that some companies are better than others. depending on the type of junk removal project there is.
A+ Enterprises Junk Removal uses ALL these types of trucks/trailers, to custom-fit for your job! This means that we are able to provide the most cost-effective, time saving, and efficient option for every type of junk removal project.
We have expanded our fleet to also introduce Switch-N-Go trucks. Our junk removal company currently has two of these trucks, which allow for the versatility of a small dump truck and the hauling capacity of a rolloff dumpster truck. Another benefit is when we fill a dumpster on a house cleanout junk removal, we just switch it out for an empty one which speeds up our junk removal process.
We understand that every junk removal project is different, which is why we maintain a fleet of box trucks, dump trucks, pickup trucks, and dump trailers to serve the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and all of Northeast Pennsylvania!
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- Wes Coates
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EXTREMELY PLEASANT AND PROFESSIONAL! Gave them a call to remove some old furniture and assorted boxes of junk. They said the had a crew in my area the next morning and could be here at 9am. Arrived right at 9 on the dot and got straight to work. They battled through all my cobwebs and work quick and efficiently. No trouble or damage from moving some big items in narrow areas. The price they quoted was great value for all the work they did. I have already and will continue to HIGHLY recommend them.