Dump Trucks.

Dump Trucks Deliver Countless Options for Construction, Mining Sites

Dump trucks (construction trucks) are frequently used on construction sites and other locations where large quantities of material require movement from one-place-to-another.

The types of particles which can be transported varies depending on the work being done and the relative industry to which the truck is assigned.

Dump trucks are massive vehicles with powerful engines (usually diesel) that provide local convenience/flexibility for placing substances

like gravel, dirt, and sand in transit.

It is not uncommon for a truck to relocate substantial loads of back-fill A.K.A. dirt to a site that is conducting underground operations such as pipe repair and/or additions.

Modernly, construction trucks are equipped with hydraulically-powered lift-gates which allow them to both carry and deposit heavier loads than non-hydraulic counter-parts.

Thanks-to the hydraulic mechanisms, trucks can effortlessly dump requisite molecules to quickly fill excavated area.

The fact that the actual ‘bed’ of the truck can be lifted at steep angles makes it extremely effective for accurate placement of loose materials.

Naturally, the stronger and more robust the hydraulic pumps/lift components are, the higher capacity (rating) the truck receives; thus, the more it can ultimately haul and transfer without damage to essential devices.

In addition to the viable employment for granular material handling, a dump truck is well-suited for site cleanup and general particle containment as well.

Although, with fragments that are subject-to deployment upon higher speeds, it is always recommended to adequately tie-down/support the relative pieces prior-to-transit.

Not only will this ensure a safe, uneventful move, but in some counties/cities/states, it is mandatory that this type of freight be properly secure—otherwise, a ticket will be written for endangerment/non-compliance.

Manufacturers and Types of Construction Trucks

Even though construction trucks are relatively large vehicles with many specialty parts and constituents, this does not reduce the number of manufacturers + businesses that collaborate to build these machines.

Perhaps, the most recognized producer of ‘dumpers’ is Mack Trucks which has been a leader in hauling vehicles for many years.

Essentially, Mack Trucks are heavy-duty carriers that meet the broad requirements of the construction, industrial, and mining fields; ‘Macks’ are universally capable of nearly all ‘large-load’ applications.

As one of the most well-respected American Truck Manufacturing Operations, Mack Trucks are an iconic symbol of durability and ruggedness!

Other reputable makers of these specialty trucks are:

(a) Chevrolet (a General Motors Entity)

(b) Ford

(c) Isuzu

(d) Kenworth

(e) Volvo…

Obviously, there are additional makers as well; however, for the sake of brevity, we have listed some of the top brands according to local demand and global-reach respectively.

Furthermore, as indicated, there are various types/classes of trucks in addition to the inclusive manufacturers.

Most commonly, the conventional A.K.A. standard dump truck is implemented for construction and general industrial applications.

These trucks are most familiar because they are consistent with the basic structure of non-commercial pick-up trucks whereby a large ‘bed’ is present at the rear.

The critical difference between the two is the dump truck encompasses automatic-lift capabilities which allows for added flexibility and greater range-of-use than an everyday pick-up.

Additionally, some of the largest trucks one might encounter are the multi-trailer varieties—large, open trailers are pulled behind semis for the purpose of transporting innumerable objects.

Also there are ‘side-discharge’ trucks which unload the material by rotating to either side instead of dispelling items from the rear.

The chief advantage with side-discharge construction trucks is they are far less prone to tipping in result of improper balance (there is more even weight displacement throughout the entire bed of the truck.)

This leads to our final point with respect to dump vehicles:


Given the massive size and cumbersome nature of these vehicles, it is common to experience difficulty in terms of favorable maneuverability while-in-operation.

Besides, there have been multiple incidents where trucks have collided on smaller work-sites as a result of reduced visibility and failure to commission a guide (helper) while backing up to a prospective dump location.

Therefore, a best practice for optimal control over ‘dumpers’ is to always summon the assistance of someone to help guide it while-in-reverse.