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.
A selection of parts for sale on trucklocatorDAF LF55 16-18 Tonnes Spoiler Middle FOOTBOARD SUPPORT, RH XF95 ('02-ON) MUD GUARD PANEL, REAR WHEEL, UPPER SP3324 Perkins 2458/2200 Eng.N:U11125 -1P Part.N:DG814 -70 BRAND NEW ENGINE Mercedes-Ben -z Atego 1823 ECU Kit BRACKET SUPPORT, FR FENDER 21688 2006 IVECO STRALIS 430 6X4 MT AIR DF SLP TRACTOR 06LK2723 WJMS2NSK0043 -06981
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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
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EEV
61 | Tippers | 7500kg
This Iveco 75E16 EEV EUROCARGO commercial vehicle seats 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Body: Steel Dropside; Length: 13ft; Kms: 107860; Bhp: 160; Engine Cc: 3920; D.O.R: 01.09.2011; MOT : July 2016; Euro : 5; LEZ: Compliant
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7c15
2010 | Tippers | 7490kg
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C15 7.5 Ton Tipper, 2010 (10), 150,000km, Tarmac Chutes, Towbar, Beacon, Handwash, 1 owner from new, maintained regardless of cost, Out of Hours Call Chris on 07710 111183
Foden 3000 8x4
2003 | Tippers | 32000kg
Foden 3000 8x4 tipper, 2003, 03 reg, 32 tonnes, day cab, the clock reads 1031305kms, double drive, easy sheet, PM weigher, 12 speed gearbox, reverse camera, MOT Oct 15
Height: 3.20 Metres
Length: 9.30 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 32.00 Tonnes
Volvo FL 6
2001 | Tippers | 18000kg
Volvo FL6 4x2 Tipper, Y reg, 2001, 18 tonnes, day cab, the clock reads 400277kms, steel body, on springs.
Height: 2.80 Metres
Length: 7.00 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 18.00 Tonnes
Foden Alpha S108R
1998 | Tippers | 32000kg
Foden S108R 8x4 tipper, 32 tonnes, R reg, 1998, day cab, the clock reads 204423kms, Thompsons steel body, double drive, edbro tipping gear, CAT C10 325 engine
Height: 3.50 Metres
Length: 9.25 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 32.00 Tonnes
Trailer WILCOX 65 CU-YD ALUMINIUM BULK TIPPING TRAILER - 2005 - C
2005 | Tippers | 37500kg
Wilcox Tri Axle Chassis, 65 Cu-Yd Alloy Body, Single Piece Tailgate, Grain Hatch, Rollover Sheet, Front End Ram, Air Suspension, Front Lift Axle, SAF Axles, Disc Brakes, Weigh Cells, ABS. Wilcox Tri Axle Step Frame Chassis. Wilcox 65 Cu-Yd Aluminium Body C/w Single Piece Tailgate And Grain Hatch. Roll Over Easy Sheet. Front End Ram. SAF Axles C/w 385/65R 22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Air Suspension C/w
Foden Alpha 8 X 4 ALUMINIUM INSULATED TIPPER - 2004 - CN04 G
2004 | Tippers | 32000kg
Cummins 385 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, Jake Brake, 16 Speed Manual, Diff/Cross Locks, Rubber Suspension, Alloy Insulated Tipping Body, Split Tailgate, Front End Ram, Vertical Exhaust, Sunvisor, Alloy Fuel Tank, Day Cab, Electric Passenger Window, Heated Mirrors, Foden Alpha Series Day Cab. Cummins ISME 385 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Jacobs 3 Stage Engine Brake (Jake Brake). ZF 16
Volvo FM 400 8X4 STEEL TIPPER -2006- GN56 HNB
2006 | Tippers | 32000kg
Volvo 400 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, I Shift Semi Auto, Steel Suspension, Diff/Cross Locks, Steel Tipping Body, Single Piece Tailgate, Front End Ram, Electric Flip Net, Sunvisor, Vertical Exhaust, Beacons, Day Cab, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Sunroof, Air Con, Reve Volvo FM Series Day Cab. Volvo D13A 400 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Volvo I Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox. Volvo Single
Scania 2 Series 114 340 8x4 DOUBLE DIFF steel body tipper MANUAL
1999 | Tippers | 32000kg
This is used SCANIA truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
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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