What to Look for in a Larger Dumper

Choosing the right vehicle for the job is important. Here are some of the factors you should consider when you are hiring or buying a large tracked dumper.

1. Capacity: Size always matters when you are comparing tracked dumpers. If you are planning a big job then you will probably need a big dumper. Models such as the Hitachi EG 110R and Morooka MST 2200 VDR can carry up to 11,000kg at a time.

2. Size: The amount that the dumper can carry is not the only aspect of the size that matters. You will also need to make sure that the vehicle will be able to manoeuvre around your site. Make sure you know how narrow the entryways are and how much room you have to turn in. You should also consider the weight of the vehicle and the impact it will have on the ground. Tracked dumpers will place less pressure on the ground and some models are better than others. The Hitachi EG 110R is a good choice for sensitive surfaces, with an unloaded ground pressure of just 0.44 kg/cm2.

3. Fuel Efficiency: Large vehicles can use up a lot of fuel, so it can be a good idea to consider fuel efficiency when you are comparing models. A more efficient vehicle will keep your costs and environmental impact down. One way to reduce the fuel costs is to choose a slewing vehicle as turning the skip rather than the vehicle can cut your fuel use quite significantly.

4. Strength and Durability: Choosing a well built and reliable machine is always important, but larger tracked dumpers need to have extra features to enable them to cope with such heavy loads. Look for features that help strengthen the tracks and undercarriages when you are choosing a large dumper. For example, the Hitachi EG 110R has particularly durable tracks designed to be 30% stronger.

5. Safety Features: Larger dumpers can be harder to handle, so features such as reversing lights, additional side mirrors, and cameras can be particularly important for these vehicles. For example, the Morooka MST 2200 VDR comes with both side and rear cameras to make manoeuvring the vehicle easier and to help prevent accidents on site.