Tipper trucks and dropside trucks help you break away from the restrictions of an enclosed box. The open truck bed configuration provides a perfect area for moving loose materials or equipment.
However, while dropside lorries and tipper trucks may look similar, the differences are crucial to understanding. Making the right buying decisions will see you optimise your working performance, saving time and stress. Making the wrong buying decision might mean losing profit or simply not being able to complete the required job. With this in mind, we take a look at the differences between used tipper trucks and dropside trucks.
Tipper lorries of all sizes including a 7.5-ton tipper have a large and flat load area. Including sides that are ideal for retaining loose payloads, such as aggregates. The easy access of these tipper trucks means they can be loaded quickly, using a digger at a quarry or builders merchants.
For instance, when the truck arrives at its destination or worksite, the tailgate is unlocked at the bottom. The tailgate is top-hinged so, it swings away at the bottom when the lifting mechanism raises the far side. This allows the load to slide down and fall out in a free controlled manner. This makes the unloading and loading speed of the tipper truck, quick and efficient. Furthermore, the entire load area can be mechanically raised up at an angle to tip the load out the back. The same unloading task could take all day to complete manually.
Tipper trucks are not just practical for building merchants and quarries. A tree surgeon or railway maintenance team might find them invaluable for removing branch limbs and bushes. While a demolition company could remove all kinds of waste such as bricks and roof tiles. Tipper lorries come in a range of sizes and brands including, 7.5 tonnes or 18 tonnes, Iveco, or Isuzu tippers. Therefore, ensuring you can purchase or hire the right tipper truck for the job in hand.
The characteristics of dropside trucks are the sideboards, usually standing twelve inches tall, that release and drop down. The most significant advantage of drop sides is loading and unloading becomes as straightforward as they can be.
Loading can take place by hand or with loading equipment, such as forklift trucks or a crane. Without a lifting mechanism, the vehicle is lighter, allowing for heavier payloads before the maximum gross vehicle weight is achieved.
Dropside trucks of any size including 7.5 tonnes are ideal for builders moving palletised goods such as blocks, and adhesives. Mixed products, tools, and equipment can be secured and moved with ease. Variations include scaffolding trucks, which are an extended version that maximises the possible length and capacity. All of these can come in a variety of brands including DAF dropside trucks.
To discuss whether tipper trucks or dropside trucks are right for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us.