Types & Functions of Dump Truck

Types & Functions of Dump Truck

Dump trucks come in many different configurations with each one specified to accomplish a specific task in the construction chain.

Dump trucks or production trucks are those that are used for transporting loose material such as sand,dirt,  and  gravel  for  construction.  The  typical  dump  truck  is equipped with a hydraulically operated open box bed hinged at the rear, with the front being able to be lifted up to allow the contents to fall out on the ground at the site of delivery.Dump trucks come in many different configurations with each one specified to accomplish a specific task in the construction chain.

Standard dump truck

The standard dump truck is a full truck chassis with the dump body mounted onto the frame. The dump body is raised by a hydraulic ram lift that is mounted forward of the front bulk head, normally between the truck cab and the dump body. The standard dump truck also has one front axle, and one or more rear axles which normally has dual wheels on each side.The common configurations for standard dump trucks include the six wheeler and ten wheeler.

Transfer dump truck

For the amount  of noise  made when transferring,the transfer dump truck is easy to recognize. It’s a standard dump truck  that  pulls a separate trailer which can  be  loaded  with sand, asphalt, gravel, dirt, etc. The B box or aggregate container on the trailer is powered by an electric motor and rides on wheels and rolls off of the trailer and into the main dump box. The biggest advantage with this configuration is to maximize payload capacity without having to sacrifice the maneuverability of the short and nimble dump truck standards.

Semi trailer end dump truck

The semi end dump truck  is  a  tractor trailer combination where  the trailer itself  contains the hydraulic hoist. The average semi end dump truck has a 3 axle tractor that pulls a 2  axle  semi trailer.The advantage to having  a  semi end  dump truck  is  rapid unloading.

Semi trailer bottom dump truck

A bottom dump truck is a 3 axle tractor that pulls a 2 axle trailer with a clam shell type dump gate in the belly of the trailer.The biggest advantage of a semi bottom dump truck is the ability to lay material in a wind row. This type of truck is also maneuverable in reverse as well,unlike the double and triple trailer configurations.

Double and triple trailer

The double and triple bottom dump trucks consist of a 2 axle tractor pulling a semi axle semi trailer and an additional trailer. These types of dump trucks allow the driver to lay material  in  wind  rows  without  having  to  leave  the  cab  or  stop the truck. The biggest disadvantage is the difficulty in going in  reverse.

Side dump trucks

Side dump trucks consist of a 3 axle trailer pulling a 2 axle semi trailer. It offers hydraulic rams that tilt the dump body onto the side, which spills the material to the left or right side of the trailer.The biggest advantages with these types of dump trucks are that they allow rapid unloading and carry more weight than other dump trucks.

In addition to this, side dump trucks are almost impossible to  tip  over  while  dumping,  unlike  the  semi  end  dump  trucks which are very prone to being upset or tipped over. The length of these trucks impede maneuverability and limit versatility.

Off road dump trucks

Off  road  trucks resemble heavy construction  equipment more than they do highway dump trucks. They are used strictly for off road mining and heavy dirt hauling jobs, such as excavation work. They are very big in size, and perfect for those time when you need to dig out roads and need something to haul the massive amounts of dirt to another location.

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