The tipper is the tough guy of the truck world. These are lorries that get tonne after tonne of rubble and other aggregates literally dumped on them and keep coming back for more. The stress on the bodies, hydraulics, suspension and other components can be extreme, so when you are looking at a used tipper you need to be certain that these features are still in good working order with plenty of life left in them.
You also need to carry out a bit of a sizing exercise. A used tipper is not the kind of truck you want to push to its limits, and you should ensure that the truck that you buy is going to be comfortably within its operating parameters when carrying out the type of work that you do.
This doesn’t have to be a major concern but just involves thinking through the type of work you are involved in. For example, if you work in demolition or site clearance with rubble and jagged aggregates, then an all-steel body is the best bet. This is the toughest lining available to combat the damage caused by rubble, but it does have an obvious trade-off in terms of weight and hence reduced payload and fuel economy.
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DAF CF75 CF 75 310 6x4 2004
2004 | Tippers
2004 Daf CF 75 310 6x4 Tipper in excellent condition. Ex-government vehicle with 380,000 warranted miles. Ready to work on arrival in Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi. ?ú13,950 CIF up to Walvis Bay. ?ú14,950 CIF up to Dar es Sa
2008 | Tippers
Mercedes axor 58 plate Jan 15 test Wilcox steel body electric easy sheet CD camera ready for work £36. 000 plus vat
DAF CF75 6 X 4 ALUMINIUM INSULATED TIPPER - 2003 - DX53 L
2003 | Tippers | 26000kg
DAF 310 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, 8 Speed Manual, Diff/Cross Locks, Steel Suspension, Alloy Insulated Tipping Body, Split Air Tailgate, Tarmac Shutes, Rollover Easy Sheet, Sunvisor, Alloy Fuel Tank, Vertical Exhaust, Beacons, Weigher, Day Cab, Electric Passenger DAF CF Series Day Cab. DAF 310 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. ZF 8 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. DAF Single Reduction Drive Axles
Volvo FM 400
2009 | Tippers | 32000kg
Choice of 8x4 day cabs, fitted Boughton Big hook equipment with easy sheet, available with manual and opticruise g/box long mot\'s.
Trailer Fruehauf Alloy Body Tipping Trailer For Sale
£147.75 Weekly 2015 | Tippers Customer Special 62 cu yd Fitted 3x SAF axles.On Air suspension. On Disc brakes and Alloy wheels The door is Auto Inclined fitted with PM weigher Truck Red Auto Roll Over Sheet Hydroclear cover fitted.
Trailer STAS Alloy Body Tipping Trailer For Sale
£70.13 Weekly 2007 | Tippers STAS Tipping Trailer For Sale triaxle air lift sheet weigher STAS Bulker For Sale; STAS Tipping Trailer For Sale 65 cu yd Fitted 3x DCA axles.On Air suspension. On Disc brakes and Alloy wheels The door is Top Hung fitted with PM weigher Brown Manual Roll Over Sheet Domed cover fitted.
DAF CF75 .310
2004 | Tippers | 26000kg
Fitted with a Charlton Steel Body, Hiab 106 Crane & Clam Shell Bucket with Dual Side Top Controls, Locking Diff, Tow Bar, Electric Window, Cruise Control, Heated Mirrors, Radio & CD Player, Reversing Camera, Sunroof. On Steel suspension. The gearbox is an 8 Speed Manual. The engine is rated at 310 BHP. Please quote ref: DAGR7175
Volvo FM FM12 380
200 | Tippers
Height: 3.30 Metres
Length: 9.30 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 32.00 Tonnes
Volvo FM12 380 8x4 Tipper, 32 tonnes, X reg, 2000, day cab, the clock reads 421571kms, double drive, eminox Exhaust, MOT Dec 15, sunvisor
Foden Alpha S106R
2003 | Tippers
FODEN/DAF 2003 53 Plate 26 Foot Flat bed c/w Hiab 122/CL double extension crane, 3.8 tonne, Double drive C10 Cat 305 bhp, 8 speed 2F gearbox, eminox exhaust, Day cab, Air-con fitted and Immobiliser. MOT can be arranged if required. H: 3.30 W: 2.5 L: 10.97
2002 | Tippers
Foden 3000 S108R, 2002, 8x4 Tipper,Day cab, Rigid Steel body Thompson Tipper c/w Easy sheet, 32 Tonne, Height: 3.00 Metres
Length: 8.70 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
For those operators who are involved with lighter work and less damaging loads, such as soil and sand in landscaping work, a bonded resin tipper floor and aluminium sides could offer a more economical option. There are also specialist tar and hot-load tippers with insulated bodies.
Once you have decided on the most appropriate tipper body, it is time to look at chassis and cab formats. Tippers come in a choice of front- or rear-wheel drive and can have short or long wheelbases. The weight rating you require may also influence your choice of single or double rear axles. The suspension set-up will also be a function of the sort of operating cycle you expect. The cab choice includes standard day cabs, sleeper cabs and crew cabs. You will also find some useful lockable tool areas on offer.
When buying a used tipper, you also need to look at the warranty situation. Often the tipper mechanism is treated separately from the rest of the truck and may only have a one-year warranty, as opposed to the standard three-year warranty on the rest of the truck. Clearly, this may be of less concern on an older tipper, but some newer models include a three-year warranty on the tipper mechanism and that could be valuable if buying a truck only a couple of years old. Longer warranties may also mean a slightly better standard of servicing during those years.
When buying a used tipper, it is vital to check that the hydraulic system is operating correctly. This takes the bulk of the workload and should be tested under a full load. Look for leaks or faults while it is being extended and check around rams and seals as these can be costly to repair or replace. Operation should be smooth and without any stutters. Lots of tippers spend much of their day off-road and on rough site tracks, which can be hard on the suspension. It is not unusual for trucks to be grounded on such tracks. It is worth looking carefully at the underside for signs of damage and having a good look at the suspension, steering and any other exposed components.
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