Grab loader trucks come in various sizes and specifications, so if you are going to buy a used example then you need to pay heed both to the models that are on offer as well as your own requirements. These adapted tippers are the ultimate way to efficiently transport heavy loads, but because of how they are used you will want to make sure that you are not going to overburden the truck.
This is why selecting the right size of grab loader is so important, and why the exertion of frequent use may have left a second-hand example in need of maintenance.
At the heavy-duty end of the market you can find eight-wheel grab loaders capable of hauling rubble, earth and a wide array of irregular loads in their steel bodies. There are also six-wheel grab loaders and even very compact four-wheel models, although of course the maximum loads that they can bear and the type of materials they are capable of handling will vary. Irrespective of the size of the grabber loader, the crane mechanism will usually be mounted in the mid section between the cab and the trailer, as this provides optimal reach and balance for this important piece of machinery.
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DAF LF55 .250
2006 | Grab Loader | 18000kg
LF55.250 Gab / Tipper Wagon, 1800Kg Gross Weight, 2006 Plate, Tipper With Grab, Steel Body, Tested until November 2018, Good Condition4x2
Volvo FM 340
2006 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
2006 (06 reg) FM Tipper Wagon With Grab with a manual gearbox, tested until Feb 2018, Good condition throughout, 32,000 kg GWV, Multi Axel Rigid Axel Weight 1 7100 Axle Weight 2 7100Axel Weight 3 9500 Axel Weight 4 95008x4
DAF CF 440
2014 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
2014 CF 440 FAD HGV Tipper / Grab Wagon Multi Axle Rigid crane, steel body, 7 months Test, manual gearbox and only In excellent order throughout. Crane tested Mileage 81000 Axle 1 8000 Axle 2 8000 Axle 3 9500 Axle 3 9500 Gross Weight is 32000KGDOT, 8x4
Trailer CF 2009 (59) LEYLAND DAF CF 310 TIPPER & GRAB LOADER
2009 | Grab Loader
EPSILON PALFINGER 105 20M DOUBLE EXTENDING CRANE COMPLETE WITH GRAB BUCKET. THOMPSON STEEL BODY. C/W EASY SHEET. EX BALFOUR BEATTY
DAF CF85 .410
2013 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
BHP 8X4 Steel Body Tipper
Epsilon M125L Palfinger Crane with Clamshell Grab
12 months Test
Manual Tailgate, Reverse camera, electric windows
Finance, Part-ex and delivery are all welcome and can be arranged
Ready for work
Mercedes-Benz Econic 2628
2001 | Grab Loader
Full Service History, German Truck, Tipper with a Grab on it, DifflockLeft Hand Drive
Mercedes-Benz Actros 3241
2011 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
2011 MERCEDES ACTROS (61 Plate) 8x4 GRABLOADER Bluetec 5, Steel Body, 2 PEDAL Auto, Stand up Control Epsilon M125L Crane, Electric Easy Sheet, Wayload, upright exhaust, steel suspension, available now!!!
DAF CF75 .310
2006 | Grab Loader | 26000kg
FAT 75 CF 310 2006 (56) 8x4 Tipper Grab, Thompson Steel Body, Epsilon E100L Crane, Dual Extension, Camera, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Underfloor Tipping Gear, Cruise Control, Exhaust Brake, Upright Exhaust, Tow Bar, 281,000 Miles, Tested Jan 19, Good Condition.6x4
Mercedes-Benz Actros 3241
2012 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
2012 (61 Plate) 8x4 Grabloader, Bluetec5, Thompson Steel Body, Auto Tailboard, Dual Control Epsilon M125L Crane, Electric Easy Sheet, Wayload, Reverse & All round Camera's (London Compliant) Any inspection welcome8x4, Power Steering
DAF CF 440
2015 | Grab Loader | 32000kg
CF 440 2015 (15) Euro 6, 8x4 Tipper Grab, Kelberg Steel Body c/w Palfinger Epsilon M125 L Crane, 2 Extensions, Dual Crane Controls, Front Hydraulic Legs, Kinshoffer Grab, Auto Sheet, Camera, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Cruise Control, Beacons, Strobe Lights, Air Con, Sun Roof, Sun Visor, Steering Wheel Controls, Electric Windows / Mirrors, CD Player, 85,000 Miles From New, Excellent Condition
When you are thinking about buying a used grab loader truck, the specifications of the crane and the type of bucket it features should be carefully considered. Many will feature clam-shell buckets, as this is a versatile and sturdy option for most applications. And cranes tend to be compatible with multiple bucket types as well as other peripherals. Whether or not a bucket is included with a second-hand grab tipper can depend on the seller, so look not only at the condition of the hydraulics powering the crane but also what is included when you buy.
A grab loader is a good choice if a typical tipper truck cannot easily be loaded by a separate piece of equipment, such as an excavator. This may not be affordable or practical, so the convenience of having a truck which can both transport waste loads and physically collect them as well is where the value of these vehicles lies.
More recent examples of second-hand grab loaders may come with bodies that are lighter than their predecessors while still being just as durable, which clearly leads to improved fuel efficiency. This may be worth considering as you examine the used trucks that are available. But older models can be just as functional and more affordable, giving you a lot to balance up before you make a decision.
Carrying tough loads across rough surfaces can lead to problems with the suspension, as well as leaving the body open to damage both on the sides and underneath. Any part of a grab loader which is exposed to such hazards, as well as the elements, is worth casting your eye over, as even relatively new models can have been compromised by damage which you might then have to repair at your own cost.
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