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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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7c15
2010 | Tippers | 7490kg
10 Plate FUSO CANTER TD7C15 4 x 2 RIGID TIPPER WITH CRANE, manual gearbox, dual passenger seat, Radio/CD, electric windows, 102,000 miles, drives well, good condition for this vehicle range, very rare £POA
2003 | Tippers
Foden 3000 8x4 tipper, 2003, 03 reg, 32 tonnes, day cab, the clock reads 655629kms, reverse camera, steel tipping body, easy sheet, CAT C12 380 engine, MOT june 16 Height: 3.10 Metres
Length: 9.00 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 32.00 Tonnes
2004 | Tippers
Foden 3000 8x4 tipper, 54 reg, 2004, 32 tonnes, day cab, the clock reads 647387kms, double drive, easy sheet, CAT C12 380 engine, MOT Jan 16
Height: 3.35 Metres
Length: 9.50 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 32.00 Tonnes
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
2008 | Tippers | 7490kg
A very tidy insulated tipper. New MOT 80000 kms.
Plain white. vinyl seats. Manual gearbox Ready for work
DAF LF55 55.220 LF
2008 | Tippers | 18000kg
This DAF 55.220 LF commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed manual; Body: 14ft Steel Dropside Tipper; Kms: 157757; Bhp: 220; D.O.R: 03.10.2008; MOT: July 2016; RPC: July 2016; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
Scania 4 Series P114- 340 8x4
2003 | Tippers | 32000kg
Scania P114- 340 8x4 Tipper, double drive, Steel body, Day Cab, Manual gear box, on spring suspension, 32 tonne gross weight, 872,122 kms
Hino Unknown FS
2004 | Tippers
- 6x4 Tipper
- Kelly Steel Body
- Sleeper cab
- Manual Gearbox
DAF LF45 45
2008 | Tippers | 7500kg
2008 daf lf 45 140 7.5 ton suction excavator utility truck for sale
Volvo FM 8 X 4 ALUMINIUM PLANK SIDED BULK TIPPER - 2008 -
2008 | Tippers | 32000kg
Volvo 400 Bhp Euro 5 Engine, Ad-Blue, VEB, I Shift Semi Auto, Steel Suspension, Drum Brakes, Alloy Bulk Tipping Body, Barn Doors, Underfloor Rams, Sunvisor, Alloy Fuel Tank, Vertical Exhaust, Beacons, Weigher, Day Cab, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Sunroof, A Volvo FM Series Day Cab. Volvo D13B 400 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/w Ad-Blue. Volvo Engine Brake (VEB). Volvo I Shift
Volvo FM 12, 8 X 4 ALUMINIUM INSULATED TIPPER - 2005 - DX0
2005 | Tippers | 32000kg
Volvo 420 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, VEB, 9 Speed Manual, Diff/Cross Locks, Steel Suspension, Alloy Insulated Tipping Body, Split Tailgate, Tarmac Shutes, Electric Rollover Sheet, Front End Ram, Sunvisor, Alloy Wheels/Fuel Tank, Vertical Exhaust, Beacons, Air Hor Volvo FM Series Sleeper Cab. Volvo D12D 420 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Volvo Engine Brake (VEB). Volvo 9 Speed Syncromesh
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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