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 TGM 18.290
2011 | Tippers | 18000kg
4x4 Econ Unibody 3 way tipper with augerMoT Due Apr 17log book present
Ford Transit T350 LWB D/C Tipper tdci 100ps
2013 | Tippers
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, CD player, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Cannock branch.
Ford Transit T350 S/CAB Dropside 125ps
2014 | Tippers
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Electric windows, Ply lining, Power steering Located at our Bristol branch.
Renault C Range C430
2014 | Tippers | 32000kg
C430 8X4 I SHIFT BOWELD STEEL TIPPER EASY SHEET WEIGHER REVERSE CAMERA A/C 315 TYRES MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY OCTOBER 18 Tippers
Scania 4 Series 114 380 8x4 Tipper
2004 | Tippers | 32000kg
Day Cab, Thompson Aluminium Tipping Body, Easy Sheet System, Under Floor Tipping Gear, 9 Speed Manual Gear Box, Electric Windows, TIPPERS
DAF LF45 170 4x2 Tipper
2004 | Tippers
Three Seater Day Cab, 13ft Steel Insulated Drop Side Body, 6 Speed Manual Gear Box, Electric Windows TIPPERS
Volvo FM 12 8 X 4 ALUMINIUM BULK TIPPER - 2005 - SF05 KKG
2005 | Tippers | 32000kg
Volvo FM Series Globetrotter Sleeper Cab. Volvo D120 420 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Volvo Engine Brake (VEB). Volvo I Shift Semi Automatic Gearbox. Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axles C/w Diff/Cross Locks. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. Wilcox Aluminium Bulk Tipping Body C/w Single Piece Tailgate, Grain Hatch, Front Gantry And Steps. Electric Roll Over Easy Sheet. Front End
DAF LF55 18-TONNE STEEL BODY TIPPER 2008 BF08 XTO
2008 | Tippers | 18000kg
DAF LF Series Day Cab Paccar 220Bhp Turbo Air to Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine c/w Ad-Blue 6 Speed Manual Synchromesh Gearbox, DAF Single Reduction Drive Axle c/w Diff Lock Steel Drive Axle Suspension Full Disc Braking System c/w EBS/ABS Control Steel Tipping Body c/w Aluminium Dropsides Single Piece Tail Gate Edbro Front End Tipping Ram c/w In Cab Controls Front to Back Pull Over Sheet PVCU
Volvo FMX 420
2014 | Tippers
2014 FMX 420 EURO 6 8X4 TIPPER WITH THOMPSON STEEL BODY, ELECTRIC EASY SHEET, AUTO TAIL DOOR, AUTO LUBE, AUTO GEARBOX, 182KMS, UK TEST MAY 2018, CHOICE OF TWO. Right Hand Drive
Trailer KELBERG Tipping trailer
2004 | Tippers
Very clean and tidy half round tipping trailer in good order throughout. Mercedes axles with discs and good tyres all round. The trailer will come with a full 12 months MOT.We can deliver to all parts of the UK.
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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