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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Ford Transit T350 L2 2.2 Tdci 100Ps S cab Tipper
2014 | Tippers
ABS, Airbags, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Oldbury branch.
Trailer Crane Fruehauf 65 CU-YD ALUMINIUM BULK TIPPING TRAILER - 2006 -
2006 | Tippers | 37500kg
Crane Fruehauf Tri Axle Step Frame Chassis. 65 Cu-Yd Aluminium Body C/w Single Piece Tailgate Grain Hatch, Front Gantry And Steps. Electric Roll Over Easy Sheet. Hyva Front End Ram. Mercedes Axles C/w 385/65R 22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Air Suspension. Full Disc Braking System. Wabco EBS/ABS System C/w ISO Susie Socket. MX On Board Weighing System C/w Chassis Mounted Display. Dual Speed Landing Legs.
Trailer Wilcox TRI-AXLE
2007 | Tippers
TRI-AXLE ALUMINIUM TIPPING TRAILER 2007 Wilcox Aluminium Tipping Trailer, Front Lift Axle, Disc Brakes, Mercedes Axle, PM1150 CB on board weigher, Front Ladder Access, Easy Sheet, Front Mounted Ram
- Stock Ref:- S033
DAF CF85 .360
2010 | Tippers | 32000kg
CF85.360 8 X 4 TIPPER 2010 Steel Tipping Body, Penta Front Mounted Tipping Ram, Easy Sheet, VPG PM1155 4 Cell On Board Weigher, Vertical Exhaust, Beacons, Spotlight Bar+6 Spots, Exterior Sunvisor, Electric Windows, Sunroof, CD+Radio
- Stock Ref:- S038
- MOT Expiry:- 31/07/2018
MAN TGS 35.400
2014 | Tippers | 32000kg
TGS35.400 8 X 4 TIPPER 2014 Boweld Steel Tipping Body, Edbro Front Mounted Ram, Easy Shet, Hub Reduction, Reverse Camera, Auto Tailgate, VPG PM1155 4 Cell on board weigher, Offroad Gearbox, Exterior Sunvisor, Beacon Bar, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Sunroof, CD+Radio
- Stock Ref:- S026
- MOT Expiry:- 31/07/2018
Trailer Weightlifter STEP FRAME TRI AXLE 70 YD PLANKSIDED TIPPING TRAI
2014 | Tippers
GRAIN REGISTERED, 70 CUBIC YARD, MERC DISC AXLES, LIFT AXLE, ALLOYS, CATWALK, RACK AND PINION HATCH, PM WEIGHER AND DAWBARN AUTOMATIC ROLLOVER SHEET. ONE OWNER FROM NEW AND COMES WITH A SEPTEMBER 2018 MOT.
Iveco Eurocargo 180E32
2005 | Tippers
MAN TGS 24.440
2009 | Tippers
8 wheeler Tipper. Sleeper cab, 440 H.P 2009. Alloy wheels PPG high sided alloy body/grain hatch Roll over sheet. 985,000kms One owner From new.
Ford Transit 2.2 Tdci 125Ps Double Cab Chassis
2015 | Tippers
ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Power steering Located at our Newcastle branch.
Hino 700 Series 8x4 Tipper
2011 | Tippers | 32000kg
Single Sleeper Cab, The Govener Steel Body With Easy Sheet System, Under Body Tipping Ram, Reverse Camera, Retarder, Parrot Hands Free Kit, Electric Windows, 16 Speed Manual Gear Box, Air Con,MOT:04/18 TIPPERS
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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