Your Tipper Trailer Selection Guide

Posted on: 29 April 2020

Do you have an upcoming building and construction project? A tipper trailer is among the many heavy equipment and machinery you may find highly productive for the project. Tipper trailers are generally used to transport heavy construction materials like stones and sand. They have a hydraulic system that makes offloading of such materials easy and fast.

If you're thinking of hiring a tipper trailer for your construction project, it's worth noting that you can choose from a wide range of options available in the markets. This means you can always find something that works best for you. However, the selection process isn't straightforward. Therefore, here are some tips to remember when looking for a tipper trailer.

Consider the Load Capacity

The volume and weight of the material you are transporting are crucial elements to consider in your tipper trailer selection. That's because tipper trailers come in different sizes, designed to lift a specific maximum volume and weight of construction materials. Incorrect sizing can affect productivity on your project and risk damaging the equipment. For instance, if you load too much stuff on a tipper trailer than it can handle, you risk straining and possibly damaging the tipping mechanism and controls. There's also the risk of tipping if you load materials that exceed the tipper trailer's maximum load capacity. Therefore, with the help of your contractor, estimate the weight and volume of the materials you intend to carry and ensure you select the correct tipper trailer.

Think About the Tipping Mechanism (Rear Vs. Side)

Tipper trailers have two main tipping mechanisms: rear and side. Each of these tipping mechanisms can work perfectly when it comes to offloading construction materials on your site. While both tipping mechanisms can work correctly, you have to be careful in your selection.

End tipper trailers, as the name implies, offload the materials towards the back. They are also the most common, but they may be hindered by aspects such as overhead clearance.

A side trailer tipper, on the other hand, offloads materials from the side. These tipper trailers offer greater flexibility when it comes to offloading materials in areas with restricted overhead space or otherwise limited space.

Check Overhead

Overhead clearance is imperative in your tipper trailer selection. When it comes to overhead clearance, you want to consider aspects such as overhead tree branches, power lines, and any other overhead obstructions. If any of these will hinder the offloading of materials, you'd be better off with a side tipping trailer.