If you’re trying to determine which type of dump trailer is right for your business, you’ll need to consider the pros and cons of the four main types of dump trailers. Side dumps, end dumps, belly dumps and live floor trailers all have a similar purpose – to move aggregates or bulk material from one job site to another. All of these trailers are unique in their design and they all unload their cargo differently which represents their unique differentiation. What you’re hauling, weight restrictions and landscape or terrain will help you determine the right dump trailer for your business. This article will take a look at these four most popular types of commercial dump trailers on the market. Companies and industries across Canada and the US use a combination of these trailers to take care of nearly all their commercial dump trailer needs.
Which dump trailer is right for your business? Which brand should you buy? Well, let's look into it.
End dump trailers have been the most common dump trailers for many years. End dump trailers are named after their loading method. The front of the box is pushed up into the air via hydraulics allowing the materials to fall out of the back gate. Most commercial end dumps range in length from 26 to 40 ft and is commonly tandem or tridem axle configurations.
End dumps are commonly used in construction (specifically road and building construction), as well as in the agriculture industry and aggregate stockpiling fields.
We carry and recommend Arne’s Manufacturing for steel end dumps and East Manufacturing for Aluminum end dumps. These are the best end dumps in the business. They carry multiple configurations including tandem and tridem, and stand up to the tough conditions demanded of end dump trailers.
Side dumps are named after their unloading capabilities. Using hydraulic rams, side dumps unload the cargo off the right or left side of the trailer and can do so without requiring the air ride suspension to be deflated beforehand.
Side dumps are heavily used in the construction and waste disposal industries and are used when building roads, pit mining, excavating, transporting semi-liquids, performing stockpile dumps and moving fine materials.
We carry and recommend the Arne’s Manufacturing brand of Side Dump trailers because they are incredibly durable and stable side dumps with large load capacities, easy-to-use controls, tandem, tridem or Super B configurations and many other features people look for in a solid side dump.
Unlike other dump trailers, belly dump trailers (also known as bottom dump trailers and cross gate trailers) have gates at the bottom of the trailer that open up like a clam shell. While driving at a variety of speeds, these trailers allow the material to drop through the bottom gates in a windrow – a long line of material versus a pile. These trailers are ideally suited to road maintenance that required gravel or asphalt to be spread evenly across large areas.
Belly dumps are commonly used in stockpiling and material transport, but they’re particularly good at gravelling roads. These trailers are ideally suited to road maintenance.
We recommend and carry the Arne’s Manufacturing brand of Cross Gate Hoppers. They’re the more stable and durable belly dump style trailers on the market.
Live bottom and belt floor trailers are among the newest of dump trailers on the market. Their unique belt floor allows the material to be dumped out the back of the trailer more precisely that other dump trailers. They generally lead to safer dumps, reduced chance of rollover, and are gentle on your payload.
You’ll find Live Bottom trailers in use in a variety of industries including road construction, aggregate hauling and agriculture.
We recommend and carry the Trout River Industries line of Live Floor trailers. These trailers are ideal for those needing additional safety features, unloading indoors and have more precise unloading requirements.
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For more information on side dumps, end dumps, belly dumps or live floor trailers, feel free to reach out to a Maxim Truck & Trailer and speak to a representative (contact info)