Lauri Baldwin Dump Trucks January 30th, 2018 - 12:18:00
Side Discharge Safety Standard rear dump trucks have a number of safety issues of concern if not operated correctly. The two most significant concerns when using these vehicles is accidental contact with live overhead electric lines when the bed is raised and the possibility of a vehicle tipping when dumping an unbalanced load. Both of these concerns have been addressed and both can be avoided with the use of side discharge models making them ideal for non-standard use or in situations with less than ideal working environments such as working on uneven ground. Because the bed can lift up only as far as its width rather than its length the center of gravity rarely changes to the point where the truck tipping over sideways is an issue. Additionally since the bed only lifts as high as its width there is little chance of accidental contact with power lines.
On uneven and rough terrain conditions the weight of the payload can cause undue strain and fatigue on the frame. Such work conditions are better handled by an articulated truck. An ADT has a hinge between the cab and the dump box yet unlike the semi trailer designs the cab is a permanent fixture and not a separate vehicle. As you can see the design of the various types of commercial dump vehicles greatly affects the trucks ability to function in different hauling and dumping situations. Being familiar with the different designs is imperative if looking to purchase a dump truck in an unstable economy. Study the different types do your homework and select the best truck for your business!
The next best step is to visit and check the desired heavy-duty truck personally. If you are not an expert about them you can tag along a friend or a professional mechanic to check the vehicle and its engine for you. If possible tests drive the truck for sale yourself. See and feel how it runs check for the signs of wear and tear as well as motor and body damage. Try to visit and check all of your prospected used heavy-duty trucks before laying out your judgment. Once you have reached a decision let the winning dealer known as soon as possible. The dealer should disclose to you more information and help you out on everything. If you feel the dealer doesnt cooperate well and is not that keen on the negotiations you can still pull out.
Be very very keen. As much as possible do a background check before closing a deal. Know all important information about the seller and the used dump truck for sale. Make sure that you are dealing with a real person and that the dump truck was not stolen and is legal; if possible ask for IDs and legal documents. Use your gut feel. If you feel uncomfortable about the deal dont go for it. Base your judgments on the used dump truck itself and not on the dealers kindness and attitude. Take your time. Dont push yourself on buying the used dump truck on that same day. If you are hesitant ask for someone elses opinion; a friend who knows a lot about trucks or a family member.