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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Trailer CRANE FRUEHAUF 67 CU-YD ALUMINIUM BULK TIPPING TRAILER -
2008 | Tippers | 37500kg
Crane Fruehauf Tri Axle Stepframe Chassis, 67 Cu Yd Alloy Bulk Tipping Body, Single Piece Tailgate, Grain Hatch, Front End Ram, Easy Sheet, ROR Axles, Drum Brakes, Air Suspension, Front Lift Axle, Weigh Cells, ABS/EBS, Tested October 2015. Crane Fruehauf Tri Axle Step Frame Chassis. Crane Fruehauf 67 Cu-Yd Aluminium Body C/w Single Piece Tailgate, Grain Hatch, Front Gantry And Steps. Roll Over
DAF LF45 45 LF 7.5 TON TIPPER
2008 | Tippers | 7500kg
STEEL BODY, DROPSIDE, TARMAC SHUTES, MANUAL GEARBOX, **POA**, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT, VGC. REF H976 HGV
Scania 4 Series 124L 360 6 WHEELER
1997 | Tippers | 26000kg
26 TON GROSS, SLEEPER CAB, PTO TIPPING GEAR AND TANK, DRAWBAR COUPLING, MANUAL, VGC, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF H986 HGV
DAF CF85 85 CF 360 8X4 TIPPER
2008 | Tippers | 32000kg
THOMPSON STEEL BODY, EASY SHEET, MANUAL GEARBOX, FRONT TIPPING RAM, COMES WITH MOT, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT, VGC, **POA** H977 HGV
Double drive on steel
Steel body with twin underfloor Rams
Atlas 105.1 with clamshell grab
Has engine problem
Worldwide shipping can be arranged
Please call 07792030211 or 01430431616
Volvo FL 10 TIPPER LHD
1995 | Tippers
LEFT HAND DRIVE, SLEEPER CAB, HEAVY DUTY STEEL BODY, SPRING SUSPENSION, Tippers
Ford Transit 350 100 Crew Cab Tipper
2008 | Tippers
2008 Ford Transit 350 - 100 Crew Cab Tipper. 10 foot aluminium dropside Tipper body with cages, seat 7 all with seat belts, 5 speed gearbox, Twin wheel rear axle. Tow bar, work beacons, CD radio, low miles, Direct council, VGC inside & out, MOT'd ready f VANS/ pickups
Volvo FM 12 380 8X4 TIPPER
2004 | Tippers | 32000kg
2004 54 VOLVO FM12 380 8X4 TIPPER, FITTED WITH A STEEL THOMPSON LOADMASTER BODY, EASYSHEET, EDBRO FRONT END TIPPING RAM AND TAILGATE. DAYCAB WITH MANUAL GEARBOX, STACK EXHAUST, 459,000 KLMS, AIR-CON, CRUISE CONTROL, CD PLAYER, ELECTRIC WINDOWS AND MIRRORS, KELSA TOP LIGHT BAR, SUNVISOR, ANALOGUE TACHOGRAPH, LOW EMISSION EXHAUST FITTED.IDEAL EXPORT
Volvo FM 12 380 8X4 TIPPER
2005 | Tippers | 32000kg
2005 05 VOLVO FM12 380 8X4 TIPPER, THOMPSON STEEL LOADMASTER BODY, TAILGATE, EDBRO FRONT END TIPPING RAM, EASYSHEET, DAYCAB, MANUAL GEARBOX, 415,000 KLMS, AIR-CON, CD PLAYER, EXHAUST BRAKE, SUNVISOR, BEACONS, ELECTRIC WINDOWS / MIRRORS, TOP LIGHT BAR, A VERY CLEAN TRUCK, LOW EMISSION EXHAUST FITTED. IDEAL EXPORT
Volvo FM 12 6x4 Tipper with Thompson steel Body.
2006 | Tippers
2006 06 Volvo FM12 6x4 Tipper with Thompson steel Body, Sleeper Cab, Manual Gearbox, Manual Tailgate, Easysheet, Front End Tipping Ram, Full Drawbar Spec, Sunvisor, Beacons, 447,000kms, Reverse Camera, CD Player, Air-Con, Electric Windows & Mirrors
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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