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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2001 | Tippers | 7500kg
7.5 Tonne Tipper, Day cab, 4 x 2, Manual gearbox, Dropsides, Tow ball with electrics, spring suspension, 3 seats, 212,000kms, very good condition. Ref TG133 HGV
DAF CF85 CF 85 340 Bulk Blower 8x4 Tipper
2003 | Tippers
PM 1100 On Board Weigher, 4 Compartments, Cruise Control, Analog Tacho. TIPPERS
Volvo FM 12 380 8x4
2002 | Tippers | 32000kg
Volvo FM12 380 8x4 Tipper, 52 Reg/ 2002, xManual, Day Cab,xAlloy Body, on Springs,
MAN TGM 26-280 6x4 Tipper UAL GEARBOX
Alloy Tipping Body, Steel Suspension, Day Cab, Easi-Sheet, Weigher, Cruise Control, Beacons, Sunvisor, CB, CD, Digital Tachograph, 9sp Manual Gearbox.
- STOCK NO. P227
Mercedes-Benz Antos 2636
2014 | Tippers | 26000kg
This MERCEDES ANTOS 2636 commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Suspension: Air; Crane: Palfinger Epsilon Front Mounted, Kinshoffer Clamshell Bucket; Extra Details: Reversing Camera, Bawer Storage Box, Fold Down Steps, New Spec, Blue Tec; D.O.R: 24.10.2014; Bhp: 360; Engine Cc: 10677; Euro: 6; LEZ: Compliant
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
DAF LF45 250 LF
2014 | Tippers | 18000kg
This DAF 250 LF commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is 6 Speed Manual; Body: Steel body - Massey; Kms: 7673; Bhp: 250; Engine Cc: 6700; D.O.R: 17.10.2014; Euro: 6; LEZ: Compliant
Scania 4 Series 94D
2003 | Tippers | 26000kg
2003 [52 plate] scania 94d 260 6x2 on air with rear lift axle, 26 ton, day cab, 2 seats, 260 horse power, 8 speed manual gear box, tested till January ,2 owners, tyres over 70%, diff lock, Boughton big hook equipment all in good working order, roof beacons, tool box, rear work lights, air con, lez compliant exhuast fitted certed till november 15. This truck is in good original condition ready for
MAN TGS 35.400
2008 | Tippers | 32000kg
Fitted with a Boweld Steel Body, Electric Easy Sheet, Hub Reduction Axles, Cruise Control, Locking Diff, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Engine Brake, Heated Mirrors, Radio & CD Player, Sun Visor, Sunroof, Reversing Camera, Digital Card Tacho, Euro 4, LEZ Compliant. On Steel suspension. The gearbox is an 16 Speed Manual. The engine is rated at 400 BHP. The truck's MoT runs until June 2016.
Volvo FL 250
Tippers | 18000kg
** NO VAT, NO VAT **, Fitted with an Aluminium Insulated Tarmac Body (fixed one side, drop-side the other), Roll Over Sheet, Tarmac Shutes, Eminox Exhaust, Engine Brake, Electric Windows, Locking Diff, Cruise Control, Sunroof, Sun Visor, Heated Mirrors, Radio & CD Player, Heated Seats, Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, LEZ Compliant. On Steel suspension. The gearbox is an 9 Speed Manual. The engine
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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