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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MAN TGA 35.360 8x4 Tipper
2008 | Tippers | 32000kg
CD Player,Central Locking,Sun Visor,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Heated Mirrors,Roof Mounted Beacons, PTO,Pump,Tidy Sheet,Tool Box,Wilcox Body
MAN LE2000 8x4 Tipper
Tippers | 32000kg
CD Player,Central Locking,Cruise Control,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Heated Mirrors, PTO,Pump,Tidy Sheet,Tipping Equipment
Renault Kerax 370.32 8x4
2005 | Tippers | 32000kg
Good working tipper, STEEL body, ready to go, shipping can be arranged
DAF CF85 8 X 4 ALUMINIUM AGGREGATE TIPPER - 2003 - HX53 N
2003 | Tippers | 32000kg
DAF 340 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, 8 Speed Manual, Diff/Cross Locks, Steel Suspension, Wilcox Alloy Aggregate Tipping Body, Single Piece Tailgate, Edbro Front End, Electric Flip Net, Alloy Fuel Tank, Beacon Bar, Vertical Exhaust, Day Cab, Electric Windows, Sunroo DAF CF Series Day Cab. DAF XE1260 340 Bhp 24v Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. ZF 8 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. DAF Single Reduction
Trailer Fruehauf Bulker Tipping Trailer
£63.41 Weekly 2006 | Tippers Fruehauf tipping trailer: Fruehauf bulker: Fruehauf bulk tipping trailer: Fruehauf tipper: Crane Fruehauf tipping trailer: Crane Fruehauf bulker; Crane Fruehauf bulk tipping trailer: Crane Fruehauf tipper. 66 cu yd Fitted 3x DCA axles.On Air suspension. On Disc brakes and Alloy wheels The door is Top Hung fitted with PM weigher Red Manual Roll Over Sheet Domed cover fitted.
Trailer Fruehauf Bulker Tipping Trailer
£65.33 Weekly 2009 | Tippers Fruehauf Tipping Trailer for Sale 70 cuyd tri air lift sheet weigher large tool box 70 cu yd Fitted 3x DCA axles.On Air suspension. The door is [UNKNOWN TRANSLATION] fitted with MX weigher Blue Manual Roll Over Sheet Domed cover fitted.
Trailer SDC Bulker Tipping Trailer
£114.32 Weekly 2011 | Tippers SDC bathtub SDC Tipping Trailer, SDC Bulker, SDC bulk 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 Red Manual Roll Over Sheet Domed cover fitted.
Hino 700 3241
2008 | Tippers | 32000kg
- 8x4 Tipper
- Hino 700 Series Sleeper Cab c/w 1 Bed
- Hino 410Bhp 6 Cylinder Euro 4 Engine
- 16 Speed Manual Gearbox
- Hino Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Locks
- Hyva Front End Tipping Ram
- Kelly Steel Insulated Bulk Tipping Body
- Single Aluminium 300L Fuel Tank
- Digitl Tacho
- Manual Tail Door
- Onboard Weigher
- Electric Driver & Passenger Windows
- Air Conditioning
Volvo FL 10 320 8x4 Steel Tipper
1999 | Tippers | 32000kg
1999 Volvo FL10 320 8x4 Day Cab Steel Tipper on Springs Suspension, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Double Drive Double Diff, Excellent Condition, £18,950 CIF up to Walvis Bay
Volvo FL 6 220 Day Cab Steel Tipper
2001 | Tippers | 18000kg
2001 Volvo FL6 220 4x2 Day Cab Steel Tipper on Springs Suspension, Steel Bucket, 10 Ton Truck, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Excellent Condition, £8,950 CIF up to Walvis Bay, Namibia
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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