Tipper trailers are fantastic pieces of equipment for transporting loose and bulk materials, especially large volumes of topsoil, brick, concrete, aggregates and subsoil and many other types of materials found at construction sites.
However, when deciding to buy this type of a trailer, besides making the usual decisions about pricing and model, it is necessary to check other important things such as maximum loading, type of inner surface, and insurance coverage.
Here are tips to consider when buying an end tipper trailer.
1. Amount of load it will carry
Besides the pricing, the weight/price issue is an important factor when buying an end tipper trailer. They come in different sizes and have different loading specifications. First, check the loading and spacing specifications. Insist on buying a trailer that handles your daily loads without having to strain the machine by carrying too much weight beyond what is permitted by law.
Overloading makes tipper trailers lose balance and the material could fall off and an accident will occur. The jockey wheel at the hooking end of the trailer helps to maintain this balance. It is wise to buy a trailer that can handle slightly more than the heaviest loads you might need it to carry.
A hydraulic tipper model will be best suitable for heavier loads while an electric tipper will be best suited for light-weight materials. The latter is easy to use since it lets you load, haul and dump loads at the click of a button.
2. To buy or to hire?
You can bet there will be a tipper trailer hiring service near you. These are worth considering if you are going to need the truck to handle your materials only occasionally or just once in a lifetime. It doesn't make sense to buy your own trailer in these cases.
If you are a construction company with regular customers who need such services, it is only imperative to have your own end tipper trailer. You can also decide to buy it to rent it out.
3. Trailer's inner surface
A surface that is only painted will suffer scratches when used constantly because of the nature of the products the trailer will handle. That means repairs can turn out to be expensive.
4. Insurance cover
Whether it is included as part of the purchase deal or not, insurance cover for your end tipper trailer will cover the equipment against unexpected losses and damage. You can avoid unnecessary losses and downtime that could hamper business if you insure your trailer.
In conclusion, you can buy a tipper trailer that handles your bulky and heavy materials at construction and other sites. Be sure to check the specifications and ask if an insurance cover is provided as part of the purchase deal.