There are a wide range of tippers available for all types of work, ranging from tip trucks to tipping semi trailers. Each model is designed to perform a different job effectively. A perfect match between the right model and job duties at hand is vital in order to get the task done safely and efficiently. Many companies even manufacture custom semi trailers to meet the specific needs of a driver's job.
The main advantage of tippers is ease of use and quick unloading. The tractor trailer combination allows for any properly rated truck to carry a loaded or unloaded tipper. This set up is more flexible, allowing for tractors to be used in multiple duties instead of being dedicated to just one task. The lifting mechanism is completely housed and operated from the hitched unit rather than the truck itself.
Dumping Out Of The Rear
Rear dump tippers allow material to be quickly unloaded in a mound or single pile. This is useful for dumping piles of sand, gravel and other materials at a construction site.
Using rear dump tippers on trailers can be tricky on very uneven surfaces. When raised in the dumping position, it can be unstable. If the task at hand requires tractors to run on very uneven ground, then a hitched unit is not the best choice; a standard tip truck would be better suited in this situation.
Bottom Dumping Models
Some semi trailers can also dump from the bottom of their frames rather than by tipping a container over. The key difference in a bottom dumping model is the ability to lay down material in a line or a row instead of in a single pile or mound.
Custom semi trailers allow for different gate configurations that produce different dump patterns from a single tipper. Single models can be maneuvered both forwards and in reverse while the material is unloaded. Overall, this configuration is widely used to spread gravel for roadways. However, they are not useful when trying to load materials into a machine.
Double and triple models carry additional trailers in order to carry higher loads on a single tractor. One driver can dump a long line quickly without having to use multiple trucks. However, when putting multiple trailers in sequence like this, it becomes more difficult to back up and maneuver in general.
Side Dumping Semi Trailers
A third configuration for tipping semi trailers is the side dumping style. This type can unload extremely fast and lays down material in a line. The drivers can drop their materials and move on at a very rapid pace. They can also carry greater loads than most other models. The side tipping models are stable and will rarely tip over themselves. However, stopping the unloading prematurely can cause the truck to go off balance.
No matter what the job at hand might be - rear, bottom, or side dumping - there are tipping trailers available that are designed to get it done. For a more specific task, consider custom semi trailers to get the job done right.
Chris Harmen writes for the leading custom semi trailers experts at Muscat Trailers. With over 40 years of experience, Muscat Trailers provides innovative solutions to tipping and a wide selection of steel and aluminum semi trailers in Australia