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How many tons does a dump truck hold?

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The amount of material a dump truck holds depends on the size of the dump truck, and the type of material dictates the number of tons. For example, a cubic yard of sand weighs 2.2 tons. A typical garbage dump truck holds about 9 tons of trash.

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How many tons does a dump truck hold?
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The largest dump trucks are mining trucks that are more than two stories high with diesel engines that weigh more than 12 tons. These massive dump trucks hold a maximum payload of 400 tons.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, small dump trucks can carry up to 7 tons of salt, and larger dump trucks hold between 8 and 9 tons. Each of the department's dump trucks measures 19.5 feet in length.

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