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Important Things To Know About Dump Trucks

The 4 Most Reliable Dump Trucks in Construction

Many of our projects will need dump trucks to get the work done. Dump trucks are used to move aggregates from one point to another and using the hydraulic components to lift up the rear contents so it can fall to the ground.

These trucks are available in many configurations and sizes, so here we are presenting the dump truck equipment commonly used in the construction industry. Always remember to check your federal and state weight restrictions or frost prohibitions when selecting your dump truck.

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What are Dump Trucks?

Dump trucks are commonly used to transport loose materials which could not be supported on an open-bed truck. The quarry or other supplier may use front end loaders or an overhead hopper to fill the trucks to capacity, then some form of protective cover may be used to keep debris from falling out during transport. Once the trucks reach their destination, the back gate is released and a hydraulic lift raises the front of the bed. The material is usually left in piles near the construction area.

How Do I Get Started in Dump Truck Driving?

To get started in dump truck driving, there are many different options available to you. Finding an employer who will hire you to drive is a common way to begin your career. You can also start your own dump truck business, which can mean that construction companies will hire you to transport materials. In some places, a special driver’s license may be required to drive a dump truck.

How to Drive a Dump Truck

Dump truck drivers are in demand on just about every kind of construction site. Most dump truck drivers learn how to operate the rigs on the job in small areas where they can't do much harm. Builders require truck drivers to hold a CDL to prove they know the basics of gear shifting and truck handling. Various truck-driving schools include training in dump trucks, as well as semis and other vehicles.

Dump Trucks

A dump truck isn't much more complicated than the log splitter we saw previously. Dump trucks typically have one cylinder or a pair of cylinders that lift the bed. The only unique thing about these cylinders is that they often telescope, giving them a very long range of motion.

How Does a Dump Truck Work?

Though there are several different dump truck designs, the basic components of dump trucks remain more or less the same for all of them. The main body of the dump truck is generally based on that of a flatbed truck, with one axle beneath the cab and anywhere from one to three axles beneath the dump box. The dump box itself generally has a tailgate that is hinged at the top so that it will open automatically when it is being dumped.

Facts and History About the Dump Truck

A dump truck is a big tool for a big job. Since Tucker Paving Inc. sometimes has a mighty big job to do or several comparatively smaller-size jobs to do at the same time, several dump trucks are in the TPI vehicle fleet.

A dump truck also is a source of great delight. Children love it when one of our team members drives up in a dump truck for a local school show-and-tell or career day or arrives in one of these big rigs for a community touch-a-truck day. It’s wonderful to see the excitement and joy on kids’ faces as they walk around and put their hands on one of our dump trucks and actually sit in a truck cab and get behind the over-sized wheel of one.