End Dump trailers are trailers that lift their dump box in the air to unload from the rear. This kind of trailer isn’t that different from a lot of other trailers But, how do you know if the end dump trailer is right for you?
How does this trailer work?
As with most trailers, the end dump works by aiding your efforts to transport and deliver various materials. These trailers are typically made of aluminum to help with weight distribution. Considering that it has higher sides than a belly dump or side dump trailer, this allows for great flexibility in dumping materials.
But, are there any reasons that I might not need an end dump trailer?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of an end dump trailer?
The advantages and disadvantages of an end dump trailer are pretty specific. But, we’ll list them.
Advantages of an End Dump Trailer
- Easier to use than belly or side dump trailers
- You can carry larger loads than most trailers
- Plus, it offers you the best and most rapid unloading options.
Disadvantages of an End Dump Trailer
- End dump trailers have more issues with stability.
- They can become harder to operate and typically require experience and skill.
- If the unloading position is unstable or materials shift in transport, it can produce an unstable dumping experience.
How does the end dump trailer compare to other trailers?
The trailer features many transportation and disposal aspects as other trailers. But, what matters most are how the trailers disperse materials vs. how others work.
So, if you’re in the market for an end dump trailer, what other kinds of trailers will you be seeing in the market? Let’s start with the most basic one: the bottom dump.
The bottom dump trailer or belly trailer tends to be used for stockpiling materials, transport and even in various paving jobs. You will almost exclusively see them used in construction jobs, but they also get deployed when trailer operators need a ton of control over their materials.
More than likely, you’ll see full frame trailers out in public. They are designed to prevent torsion issues when dumping materials. As such, the extra reinforcement provides the maximum level of stability when dumping.
Frameless end dump trailers tend to use all eight of its tires to plan the trailer into the ground when dumping materials. These are pretty standard and usually are found by a variety of names and add-ons in the market. In fact, frameless end dump trailers seem to be having a bit of a revival in recent years.
Finally, side dump trailers are also common to find. They are trailers that dump their materials from the side.
What is the best trailer?
Consumers have their favorite manufacturers, but what Hitchcock wants you know is that end dump trailers come in various states. While we are a big fan of getting customers into the best in used end dump trailers, we also want to make sure you get the size you need.
Smaller end dump trailers can tend to handle around 13,000 – 15,000 pounds and larger ones can handle upwards of 10 tons or more.
While we have discussed the variations found in the open market, the ultimate decision remains with the customer. Pick the trailer that best suits your needs.