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Tips and guides to help you find the right dump truck

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1. What is a dump truck?

Dump trucks are heavy machinery capable of transporting large volumes of loose materials from mining, civil, or major construction sites. You will need to consider hiring a dump truck on your next construction or mining project for transportation of loose dirt, sand, ores, gravel, and demolition waste. The main two dump trucks available for hire are the rigid rear dump trucks and articulated dump trucks.

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2. What does a dump truck do?

Dump trucks are usually hired on construction or mining projects and are filled by another machine with loose dirt, sand, and minerals. Once loaded, the dump trucks transport the materials to the indicated location and then unload via the hydraulically powered dump box until emptied.


3. What are the different types of dump trucks?

There are six different types of dump trucks available for hire at iSeekplant across Australia.

  • Articulated dump trucks are large and durable dump trucks used heavily in the civil and mining industries. Articulated dump trucks are mainly used off-road through rough terrains to transport bulk loads.
  • Site dumpers and front tippers are compact machines suitable for confined and off-road worksites in the civil and building industries. Site dumpers and front tippers are highly versatile machines attached with 180-degree swivel skip bins.
  • Rigid rear dump trucks are highly popular in the off-road mining and quarrying industries. Rigid rear dump trucks are enormous and suitable for heavy dirt hauling projects but with limited flexibility.
  • Track mounted dump trucks are well suited for rough, slippery, steep, and soft terrain with Morooka rubber tracked crawlers. Track mounted dump trucks spread the weight of the truck evenly to prevent bogging and can manoeuvre in small spaces.
  • Underground dump trucks are used in underground mining projects for high production and low cost hauling as underground dump trucks can carry 30 to 55 tonnes in one go.
  • Hi rail dump trucks are used on highway and railway maintenance and construction. Hi rail dump trucks are fitted with rail wheels that enable transportation both on and off railway tracks.

4. What are common sizes of dump trucks?

Dump trucks are available for hire in various sizes. The most common sized articulated dump trucks available range from 10 to 40 tonne models, and rigid rear dump trucks range from 30 to 400 tonne models.


5. What are average dump truck hire rates?

Dump truck hire rates are dependent on the type of dump truck, wet or dry hire, and volume of loose materials needing to be transported. Dry hire of articulated dump trucks cost $50 per hour for 10 tonne models, $170 per hour for 30 tonne models, and $400 per hour plus for 40+ tonne models. Hire of smaller rigid rear dump trucks without maintenance and mobilisation can cost over $14,000 per month. Additionally, there may be mobilisation and demobilisation fees, standby rates, and variable rates.

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6. What are the best dump truck brands?

Australia has 5 top dump truck brands that provide hire for mass transportation of loose materials on construction and mining projects. These top brands are:

  1. Volvo
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Kenworth
  4. Hitachi
  5. Komatsu

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7. How do I hire a dump truck through iSeekplant?

Use iSeekplant’s get a quote tool to get the easiest dump truck quotes in your area. Just tell us which dump truck you need and where you need it, and we'll get you the best quotes available! Alternatively, call us on 1300 691 912 or email us at projects@iseekplant.com.au.


8. Where can I hire a dump truck?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of exceptional dump truck hire suppliers operating in all capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer dump truck hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Townsville to Toowoomba and the Gold Coast down to Newcastle, Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong.

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