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What You Should Know About the 4 Major Types of Garbage Trucks

Are you planning to move into the garbage removal business? Different garbage trucks offer various features and functions that you can make the most of while gathering trash and refuse. Over the years, garbage trucks have evolved a lot, especially where the garbage is stored. Before you buy a used garbage truck, it is essential to know the four different types available in the United States.

Front Loader Garbage Trucks

You will require massive containers to collect all the garbage from industrial and commercial properties. That is when front loader garbage trucks will help you with their size. Their containers, often called dumpsters, are spacious enough to collect industrial waste materials. From, slime and sludge to waste from factories, the design of these trucks make it possible to accommodate all types of garbage inside. They come with steel forks controlled hydraulically. An operator lift picks up the waste materials and dumps them into the container.

Most front loader trucks available in the US can lift containers weighing approximately 8000 lbs. On the other hand, they can hold trash of up to 40 cubic yards.

Side Loader Garbage Trucks

If industrial waste is not your cup of tea, you can focus on removal of household waste. For this, a side loader garbage truck will be most suitable. You need to load the waste materials from the side. There are two variants available in this truck: one with automatic robotic arms that will collect the garbage and second, manually. The automated side loaders are slightly more expensive. They require only one operator. You can collect rubbish from almost 1500 homes every day.

The size of the side loader garbage truck plays a crucial role in deciding the quantity of the waste materials it can carry. Most of the standard trucks can hold approximately 30,000 lbs of compacted garbage every day and hold up to 28 cubic yards of garbage. Some of these trucks are available at a budget-friendly price if you buy them second-hand. The manual side loaders will cost lesser compared to the automated side loaders.

Rear Loader Garbage Trucks

If you want to serve both commercial and residential clients, then get a rear loader garbage truck. These are the most versatile when it comes to trash collection. Their significant opening at the back allows you to collect massive quantities of waste in one go. Many residential clients keep their garbage inside bin bags. No matter what their size is, you can collect plenty of them inside the truck in one day. Like carrying, these trucks also help in dumping the contents too, thanks to their substantial rear opening.

Most rear loader garbage trucks can accommodate trash from as many as 800 to 850 homes. Some of the bigger variants can haul up to 18 tons of garbage. Their weight capacity ranges from 6 to 35 cubic yards depending on their size. You can purchase one of these used beasts for a very affordable price. But make sure you check the condition of the truck before buying.

Roll Off Trucks

These are the most popular garbage trucks when it comes to mass-scale commercial trash removal services. You can see them in demolition and construction sites. Their sturdy construction makes them a perfect fit for handling heavier materials, such as cardboard and steel. These trucks have massive roll off containers that you can drop at specified locations and then pick them up after a period after the clients have loaded them with waste materials.

These help to pick up the loaded container without much effort. A roll off garbage truck can carry approximately 20,000 lbs, which is equal to 10 tons. Its sturdy construction makes sure the truck doesn’t get damaged during the pickup and drop off process.

Most people don’t value the engineering genius of garbage trucks. If you want to flourish in your garbage removal business, make sure you choose one of these trucks for higher efficiency because of the quantity of the trash they can carry.

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