Sand, Gravel, and Topsoil

There are a variety of trucks with and a variety of conditions in which to haul sand, gravel, and other aggregate materials. In this section, we would like to spend a moment to help you determine which truck and what delivery conditions are best suited for your particular needs. We will also give you some information concerning weather conditions and how this can impact deliveries, as well as some “do’s and don’ts” associated with hauling aggregate materials to your home or job site.


Weather makes a tremendous impact when it comes to delivery of your material. As many people know, when we receive large amount of rain, most lawns and driveways become very soft and moist. Depending on the truck and the amount of material being delivered, the probability of doing damage to lawns, driveways, or drain fields is very high. Lester Brothers likes to ensure that this doesn’t happen by allowing the drivers to make the judgment call on what the sight looks like and whether or not they feel it is safe for a truck to come across these soft areas.

Another thing to keep in mind with deliveries is Michigan’s frost laws that are put in place throughout the state, typically by each county as the spring thaw commences. During this period (typically 6 to 8 weeks) our trucks are restricted to where they can travel and how much weight they can haul on certain roads. Small load fees are typically put in place at this time by Lester Brothers due to the small amounts of material that we are restricted to haul.

Tailgate Spreading

Tailgate spreading is a method in which a truck has a partial locked tailgate, allowing the driver to slowly pour the material down a driveway attempting to lay it down in a thin sheet. This method works well only under certain conditions; power lines, low areas, unleveled ground, or short drives aren’t typically ideal conditions when it comes to this spreading method. Lester Brothers will not guarantee any tailgate spreading jobs, and a customer should only assume this method works only partially and some hand or machine spreading will still need to be done.

Truck TypeDescription
Tandem dump truckTwo axle dump truck, 14 ton hauling capacity, great for tailgate spreading, most commonly used for residential deliveries
Tri-Axle dump truckThree axle dump truck, 17 ton hauling capacity, can be used for tailgate spreading, better in
Quad-Axle dump truckFour axle dump truck, 20 ton hauling capacity, typically used on construciton site, or large stable areas.
Short-Double dump truckQuad axle dump trucks with a dump trailer, 50 ton hauling capacity, must have a large area for truck
Gravel Train dump truckTractor trailer trucks with two trailers, require a very large amount of space, typically only used in stock yards and heavy commercial jobs, not usually used in a residential setting.