By comparison, the side dump trailer cycles more quickly. “We state in our tech pubs a 30--second cycle time,” says Anderson. “That is time to offload -- about 20 seconds -- and 10 seconds to return back to transport position. With a side dump, you never have to stop to unload.”
Bottom dump trailers offer comparable cycle times when you are hauling aggregate or stringing out base course. “They drive up, slow down, open their gates, dump and 20 seconds later they are gone,” says Badinger.
For paving operations, the live--bottom trailer is very efficient. “You back up to the paver, hit the switch, then unload as fast as the paver will take it,” says Badinger.
The goal is to achieve maximum payload and quick cycle times while maintaining the versatility necessary for your jobsite. “It really boils down to cost per unit, which is cost per ton mile. If you can become more efficient in the cost per ton mile, then you are going to get awarded those contracts,” says Anderson.
Straight Trucks or Trailers?
Many factors determine whether a traditional dump truck or a dump trailer is the best solution for your jobsites. Listed below are a few advantages of each:
Advantages Of Dump Trucks
Advantages Of Dump Trailers