Not every “dump truck” legally fits on your ordinary roadway. Some are built for offroad use though they do see some pavement while being driven from jobsite to jobsite. Other offroad trucks are simply too huge to be driven on the typical road surface.  The 30 ton articulated Caterpillar is an excellent workhorse of an offroad truck.


These images were taken in late December 2016 while stripping overburden (clay and black dirt) in an effort to expand the current mining areas in a couple of the pits my employer runs.

The Mrs and I spent the past several many months contemplating and searching for a replacement for our 2010 half ton Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie that we’d grown to love. Unfortunately, our Dodge just didn’t really care for pulling our camper.  And so the search for a 3/4 ton faster pickup began.  We ended up buying a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Quad Cab.

The new truck pulls the camper with ease as I would expect from a 3/4 ton.

We had been putting off hauling in rock to full potholes in our driveway.  I figured that we might as well make use of the new HD and haul some rocks.  (I’ll end up using the dump truck from work to haul several loads of 3/4″ with fines for a driving surface later in the year or next spring.)

I even recruited the girls to help. The truth is that I had trouble keeping them out of the box so that I could actually get it unloaded.

About a month ago this is what I found as a driveway that ends at an abandoned farm site not far from my house. I was out there doing some work with the dump truck.

Now about a month later that minimal driveway has been all but totally erased. I’m in the neighborhood today with the fertilizer trailer working for the Co-Op.

Occasionally the bottom just falls out from under your feet or tires as is the case here.

Letting the boss know that we’re not having a good day.

The helping hand from a dozer is always appreciated.

I had the opportunity to assist with building a temporary road that is going to be used for replacing a bridge.

Only one load of many was actually driven in.  The others had to be backed in.

The final load I delivered to the railroad project was supposed to be dumped at the cone. I think I nailed it.


Tired of the expense of buying cans of spray case lube?  The last can of Hornaday One Shot I purchased sports a sticker that says I paid $9.99 for it. That’s ridiculous for a 7oz can.  After doing a quick google and youtube search I was able to find an alternative case lube that’s both cheaper and more environmentally friendly.  

Purchase: Buy liquid lanolin at your local health food store. Ask them to order it if they don’t stock it. Or you can find it on Amazon.  Buy the red bottle Iso-HEET from your local auto parts store. What you are looking for is 99% pure isopropyl alcohol. Lesser quality contains more water and impurities.  Last, buy a high quality spray bottle that’s made for chemical usage. 

Directions: Add 1oz liquid lanolin and 12oz Iso-HEET (red bottle not yellow) together in a spray bottle.  Shake well to mix. Put a few hundred pieces of brass in a plastic bin or lesser amounts in a gallon zipper bag. Add a few squirts to your homemade brass lube to the brass and shake for 20-30 seconds to ensure an even coating. Add more lube if necessary.