What Capacity & Size Tipper Truck Do I Need?

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If you are in the market for tipper trucks, then there are several things you need to consider to ensure you make the right buying decision. Tippers are extremely diverse vehicles and are found in a variety of sizes and different types. It is essential to understand the different types of tippers as the phrase itself covers very different vehicles adapted to specific functions, purpose, and load types.

The capacity and size are carefully matched to the needs of different sectors. After all, a road construction or building demolition company has very different needs from those of a landscape gardener, tree surgeon, or builders merchant.

However, one thing every tipper truck has in common is the ability to tip the trailer, simplifying unloading of materials such as gravel, sand, brick, topsoil, demolition rubble, tree branches, and bagged or un-bagged recyclable refuse. The unloading efficiency makes tipper trucks ideal for companies that want to save on labour costs, with unloading that is independent of additional equipment such as forklifts or diggers.

How Much Can A Tipper Truck Carry?

A tipper truck can carry a maximum capacity of around 44 tonnes, but many models are designed for lighter work with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes. There are small tipper trucks with fourteen or sixteen-tonne capacities as well. The vehicle’s total weight affects the number of wheels, which means you will find four, six, and eight-wheeled tipper trucks.

All tipper trucks are three metres wide, so as the weight and capacity go up, the length of the truck increases. Typically the axle and wheel configurations provide:

Four wheels – up to 24.5 tonnes with a truck length of 7.6m
Six wheels – up to 26 tonnes with a truck length of 7.6m
Eight wheels – up to 32 tonnes with a truck length of 9.8m
Articulated – up to 44 tonnes with a truck length of 14.2m

The Different Types & Sizes Of Tippers

Small or residential-centric jobs can often be handled by a less than 12 tonnes tipper truck with a bogie drive. The next move up from these tipper trucks is a truck and dog tipper. These are easy to manoeuvre around a worksite, making them suitable for small projects where a large delivery volume and high material turnover are unnecessary.

Semi tipper trucks are manufactured up to 19 metres long with a larger capacity. However, the gain in capacity is at the sacrifice of maneuverability, meaning these are suitable for open sites such as large quarries and construction sites.

Road trains and b doubles are popular and used on significant worksites and projects, saving costs by reducing the number of trips required. Road crews have access to specialised insulated tipper trucks for delivering hot tarmac during renovation and repair works.

Cromwell supplies fully inspected and tested tipper trucks to help you get the job done effectively and efficiently. Please contact our customer service and sales team to discuss which tipper truck is right for you and hear more about our stock on 01922 663686.

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Based at our four-acre site in Stonnall, near Walsall in the West Midlands, Cromwell Trucks is open seven days a week and sells only the very best second-hand trucks. We have a huge stock of used trucks and pre-owned commercial vehicles at our base, which means the truck of your dreams is right here waiting for you.

Cromwell Trucks has been selling quality used trucks from all the major manufacturers, like DAFIvecoMitsubishi, and Hino, for the past 65 years. We are a reputable used truck dealership and pride ourselves in selling a wide range of trucks, from scaffold trucksbox vans, and cranes to ex-council trucksskip loaders, and tipper trucks.


Whether you are in the construction business looking to upgrade your fleet of vehicles or a landscape gardener desperate for a more reliable and dependable truck, Cromwell Trucks will find the ideal truck for you.

When you buy a used vehicle for sale from Cromwell Trucks you are guaranteed to be buying the best-used vehicle around. Our skilled, passionate, and professional automotive team tests every single truck that enters our yard before it’s placed for sale on the website, ensuring your next vehicle is fully functional, roadworthy, and has plenty more life in the tank yet.

Our vast turnover of stock can sometimes mean not all vehicles are currently on-site or featured on our website. That is why we recommend you call us for availability or to enquire about any specific used vehicles. As well as our knowledgeable sales team we have a truck engineering department to meet individual requirements. Please be aware we usually have duplicates and variants of most of the used trucks featured.

For the best used DAF commercial vehicles, Iveco trucks, scaffold lorriestipper trucks, or ex-council vehicles for sale, contact us on 01922 663686.

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