First, and for most, is the safety aspects the trailer offers. In tests undertaken by IRTE for tipping stability, it remained planted on the ground at 8.5 degrees, exceeding the requirement set to obtain class A certification by 13%, its outstanding ability to remain upright on adverse ground conditions (making it the only trailers allowed on many sites). The trailers stability is due to the sliding bogies extra wide tipping hinge bar and shorter body length by over a metre which is 30% shorter than the average fixed artic tipper.
Also adding to the stability safety aspect, is the in cab operation, all tipping functions can be operated from the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat, extending and shortening of bogie, tipping, rear door function, increasing the operator safety.
With the trailer in its running position, it meets all legal requirements, and in the shortened position it can out manoeuvre an 8×4 in tight spaces, with the trailer in the shortened position it give a reduced wheelbase to the kingpin of 6.99 metres, which is roughly the same as an 8×4 tipper.
Hugh Russell – Technical services supervisor, Wexford County Council
We had 10 depots around the county, some with very poor access. When I first saw the sliding tipper, I knew I had the answer. We bought 2 trailers and they are ideal for our work – They can go in and out of almost any site.
With the trailers low unladed weight, the payload is an impressive 29.5 tonne with a GVW of 44 tonnes (subject to the tractor unit ULW). Compared with a 19.7 tonne payload an 8 x 4 tipper, this offers you 9.8 tonne greater payload, which reduces miles on the road for the same product movement and ultimately income. On average for every 10 journeys made by an 8 x 4 you will only need to do 7 journeys with the sliding tipper.
With the tub liner installed, the Dennison sliding tipper is the ONLY tipper that can expels its entire load on just 2.5 rams extended and is 25 seconds quicker than the fixed tipper trailer.
The tractor unit can be utilised on multiple work environments, so if the construction industry drops off for the month you can put the tractor unit to work on general haulage, machinery movements for example.
With the insulated sliding tippers increased payload of up to 45% of that of an 8×4 rigid tipper, it offer the asphalt laying company longer laying runs, reduced number of joints and less change over downtime.