Dump trucks, also known as tipper trucks, dumpers, or tip-trucks, play a huge role in a wide range of industries where carrying heavy loads from one place to another is required.
So how much does a dump truck weigh?
Dump trucks vary in weight from 20,000 pounds up to as much as 400 tons.
People have always looked for the most effective ways to transport all kinds of heavy materials. Early versions of the dump truck were developed by companies such as Thornycroft to help European farmers in the 1800s.
By the time World War I broke out, more advanced semi-trucks started to emerge.
Today’s dump trucks are much more powerful, with more advanced features. Overhead hoppers normally load these types of trucks.
Dump trucks are used for a wide range of purposes, which means they come in a wide range of designs and sizes to suit the requirements of different truck owners.
The most common types of dump trucks used today include the following:
- Standard dump truck
- Super dump truck
- Articulated dump truck
- Transfer dump truck
- Dump truck and pup
- Side dump truck
- Semi-trailer end dump truck
- Semi-trailer bottom dump truck
- Double and triple trailer bottom dump truck
How Much Can A Dump Truck Carry?
Dump trucks can carry a wide range of loads, depending on how powerful they are and their size.
Rated by the number of cubic yards they can haul, the average dump truck is able to carry between 10 cubic yards and 14 cubic yards of materials, such as sand, gravel, or dirt.
~ Fun Fact ~
The mining industry requires huge dump trucks to carry enormous loads, and these trucks keep getting bigger. Belaz 75710s are one of the biggest ever built. Used by a Russian mining company, this extra-large dump truck is over 67 feet long, weighs just under 400 tons, and is capable of carrying almost 500 tons. That’s nearly the weight of 5 Blue Whales!