The global construction market is valued at an estimated $145.5 billion, and with almost 7.8 million production workers in the U.S. alone, it's safe to say it will only grow. With a market that big, there are countless types of equipment manufactured and used on the job every day. One of the most commonly used pieces of heavy equipment is the hydraulic dump truck.
Whether it's a transfer dump truck or a traditional truck with a hydraulic bucket, these vehicles are important in many different construction settings. Here are four of the most commonly used dump trucks on construction sites.
Common Dump Truck
Dump trucks are typically used to move substances and aggregates in large quantities from one place to another. Point B could be anywhere from across the construction site to across the country, but the fact remains that they're one of the most important transportation tools in construction.
Off-Road Dump Trucks
Off-road dump trucks, also known as articulated trucks, are much bigger than your average dump truck. These vehicles are typically used on sites where large quantities of aggregate need to be moved. They can usually be seen working on mining operations and can handle loads weighing up to 60 tons.
Transfer Dump Truck
Transfer dump trucks are unique in that they typically haul additional trailers behind them. The most advantageous feature of this type of dump truck is that the trailers have a removable bucket compartment that allows for easy transfer of materials from the truck to another location.
Side Dump Truck
It's not an end dump truck, but a side dump truck is seriously useful on a construction site. Not only are they one of the fastest trucks to unload, they can carry one of the largest capacities of all dump trucks. In addition, there's a much lower risk of tipping because of the way the bucket works. the only downside is that their length often restricts their maneuverability.
It's amazing to think just how many variations of a single piece of construction equipment exist to help get the job done. Next time you're facing a new construction challenge, consider one of these models to help you out. Give our sales team a call to connect how we can assist with your next project.