Dump trucks may not be the most exciting members of the fleet, and they certainly don’t get as much attention as excavators and skid steers, but they are highly important and form the backbone of construction and forestry projects. In fact, since their invention 100 years ago, dump trucks have advanced greatly and new types have been brought to market. Read on for helpful information about the various categories available and their best applications.
Dump trucks come in many sizes, shapes, and styles; the vehicle you choose will be largely dependent on your worksite needs and location. State guidelines and the road conditions of your travel route/access roads will also affect the type of dump truck you choose; it’s advisable to work with an industry professional, like those at Papé Machinery, who can help you determine which truck best fits your needs.
Standard (or rigid frame) dump trucks are the most common type, and consist of a truck frame with an attached/mounted dump body. Hydraulic rams raise the bed, which is typically hinged at the rear of the truck. The standard dump truck is the most basic model, but does provide for tailgate configuration to assist with lifting and depositing dirt, sand, and gravel. These dump trucks are ideal for most forestry and construction applications, except those with soft soil. The standard dump truck has a tight turning radius that makes it ideal for urban tasks and construction jobs with limited space. Additionally, the smaller size of the standard dump truck allows the operator to more easily reverse the truck, allowing for enhanced safety on all job sites.
Super dump trucks are large in size and capable of handling the toughest jobs. They are typically used in construction and forestry work because they provide an exceptional return on investment, are flexible, and rather durable. These dump trucks include a trailing, load-bearing axle at the rear that helps to simultaneously spread out the weight of the cargo and maximize the gross weight permitted under the federal bridge formula. Super dump trucks typically have 4-7 axles, and depending on the length of the truck and the formation of axles, these vehicles can carry payloads of 19-32 tons (38,000 – 64,000 pounds). The design of this dump truck allows it to carry the payload of a trailer but still maintain the flexibility of a rigid frame dump truck.
Articulated dump trucks are designed to provide adaptability and flexibility on the worksite, making them ideal for diverse working conditions and the most difficult weather. Why? An articulated dump truck is an all-wheel drive, off-road workhorse. Its cab and dump body are connected by a hinge, which provides enhanced flexibility and enables all six wheels to remain on the ground at all times, even in challenging terrain. This dump truck is ideal for the rain and water-logged soil of the Pacific Northwest due to the stability it provides, and the industries the machine would service, including construction and forestry. Papé has both new and used dump trucks for sale in Washington and Oregon.
John Deere articulated dump trucks, like the 410E, have best-in-class traction control, a quiet and spacious cab, a Power Tech diesel engine, and optional onboard payload weighing system for convenience and productivity. The John Deere 460E is the largest in the articulated family, and is perfect for mining, quarry, and aggregate applications. This model includes features such as remote park-brake release, rollover protection, and auto horn to keep operators out of harm’s way.
Dump trucks are the unsung heroes of the fleet, but these cargo transporters are never forgotten. Dump trucks provide power and flexibility, and can stand up to the toughest tasks and weather imaginable. Whether you’re just starting your fleet or looking to expand your assembly, a new or used dump truck is sure to become a significant part of your business.
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