Managing a large construction site is all about keeping projects on track and under control, but one of the variables you can’t control is the weather. Overnight rain can turn a site’s roads and loading areas from dry and stable to a muddy bog, bringing your operation to a standstill.
So if you can’t change the weather, what can you change? If you are using articulated dump trucks for hauling materials on your construction site, switching to dump trailers, which are lighter but just as capable, will drastically reduce track damage, allowing you to keep working.
Trailer vs truck: the difference
Trailers mounted behind tractors can haul just as much as a dump truck, and because a tractor/trailer combo can weigh up to 8 tonnes less than an articulated truck of similar size and load capacity, they can operate safely in conditions that would either ground a heavy truck or lead to considerable track damage.
Articulated dump trucks still have a place, particularly on large mining sites, where size really does matter. But at the scale of most New Zealand construction projects, a tractor/trailer combo will be safer, more efficient, and longer lasting. Safer because the tractor/trailer option means the load is spread over more axles, reducing the ground pressure on any one wheel, which reduces the risk of a track edge giving way.
The efficiency gains come from the quicker turnaround trailers offer compared with dump trucks. A tractor/trailer combo can carry the same amount as a truck but will tip more quickly due to its single hydraulic ram and also get back to the site face faster for another load.
With fewer moving parts and less to go wrong, dump trailers also need less maintenance than a truck. They are certainly built to last, with most brands being more than capable of handling the harsh demands placed on them. Features to look for include hardened-wear plate floors, heavy-duty suspension and load-sensitive brakes. A sprung drawbar will make the trailer easier to tow.
Why dump trailers for construction
New Zealand farmers have found dump trailers to be the answer to many of their haulage needs. Their versatility makes them ideal for everything from carting grain or silage to hauling excavation spoil or forestry slash and stumps.
The construction industry is now following suit as it becomes more aware of the advantages trailers offer. These advantages are:
- Lighter weight for the same load capacity, meaning they cause less wear and tear to site roads and are less likely to be grounded by rain;
- Less ground pressure, reducing the risk of accident and injury from a track edge giving way;
- Faster turnaround for loading, carrying and unloading;
- Fewer moving parts and less maintenance.
To learn more about how a dump trailer will help you power through your projects, contact our team here at Webbline today.