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Articulated Dump Trucks and Articulated Trucks
An articulated truck (also known as an "articulated hauler") is usually a heavy-duty off-road dump truck that’s designed to withstand rugged and rough surface conditions under all types of weather. Articulated trucks have a two-piece chassis that’s connected by an articulated joint, giving them far more maneuverability than their single-piece chassis counterparts (called "rigid trucks"), but that’s far from the only difference.
Choosing an Articulated Hauler
From Komatsu to Caterpillar, articulated trucks make up a huge part of the construction industry, but these all-terrain vehicles are only appropriate under certain project conditions:
- Articulated trucks are excellent for handling rocky terrain as well as wet, soft ground
- Although rigid trucks can transport much more material per haul, an articulated off-road dump truck is far better at maneuvering steep hills and other sharp inclines
- Articulated trucks are not safe to operate on public roadways
- Articulated trucks are excellent for tight quarters with low clearance (places where rigid trucks would never be able to fit)
Other Factors to Consider When Buying an Articulated Off-Road Truck
- Articulated trucks are ideal for land reclamation, highway construction, and fly ash removal at coal-burning facilities, just to name three uses
- An articulated hauler with a hydraulic system allows you to dump with exact precision, meaning less bulldozers are needed to clean up the leftover mess
- From generic brands to Caterpillar, articulated trucks typically can only haul between 25-50 tons
- If you intend to use an articulated hauler for multiple sites, be prepared to pay for transportation costs (since they cannot be operated on public roadways)
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