Used Roll-Off Trucks for Sale- Things to Look Out For as a Buyer

Posted by Phineas Gray on March, 2015

If you are thinking of buying a used garbage disposal truck, you should definitely consider a roll- off truck. Garbage disposal trucks come in many different types. They come in front and rear loading variants. You can also buy conventional loading trucks too, though those require a lot of manual labor (since the waste has to be emptied in the compartment by hand).

It doesn’t matter if you are buying a front or a rear loading variant, make sure it has a roll off mechanism. This will make your job much easier. A roll- off mechanism basically helps in emptying the truck when it is full of waste. The whole rear compartment is lifted using a hydraulics system. It is then “rolled off”, or emptied at any landfill or waste disposal site. This makes the job of the waste disposal crew significantly easier. All they have to do is fill up the truck and drive it to the disposal site. At the press of a button, the driver can empty all the waste. However, if you are looking at used roll-off trucks for sale, there are many things that you need to check. Here are some of the things to consider when browsing used roll-off trucks for sale:

How Good Is the Engine?

Waste disposal trucks are generally bought to last for long periods of time. They are driven over long distances every day. Hence, companies cannot afford stoppages. If the garbage truck breaks down, the whole waste collection chain is likely to break down. As a result, when looking at used roll-off trucks for sale, the first and foremost thing to check is the engine. Make sure the engine is powerful enough to handle the large amount of waste. Also, make sure that it hasn’t been used for a long time.

The maximum life of an engine is 10- 12 years, and that too is after overhauling. After that, it is likely to start causing problems. There are cases where it may last longer, but it is likely that you’ll have to get the engine replaced after buying the truck. That’s an added expense you want to avoid.

The Roll- Off Mechanism

The next aspect to look at is the roll-off mechanism of the truck. Try using the roll off mechanism and make sure that it works without getting stuck. The hydraulics should be working properly, and the rear compartment should tilt completely (it tilts as much as 70 degrees). This ensures that all the waste is completely disposed in one go. It is advised that you take a professional mechanic with you to inspect the truck.

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