Is it better to buy or rent a tipper truck?

A tipper truck is an essential piece of machinery for businesses in the construction, landscaping, and farming industries. Ideal for shifting large loads of loose material and cleaning up worksites once a project is complete, you can choose between an end tipper or side tipper for your work needs. 

Deciding whether to buy or rent a tipper truck will depend on your business’ requirements; for example, the cost of buying a tipper truck may not be justified if you only need it for a once-off job. 

Here are some of the key things to consider when looking for a tipper for rent or to buy:

How long do you need the truck for?

Given that a tipper truck can be a substantial cost, without even factoring in the cost of ownership, you should first identify whether it’s only needed for a once-off job or if you plan to use it on an ongoing basis.

This can be tricky to plan for, as you may need it for weeks or months at a time depending on how business goes. 

Luckily, Rentco offers short and longer-term leases for our range of tipper trucks, so you can have greater flexibility and save more on rental costs without being locked into a longer rental contract or having to return the truck earlier than expected.

Can you service the truck yourself, or do you need somebody to handle the servicing for you?

To run as efficiently and safely as possible, trucks need regular maintenance that can often only be carried out by qualified mechanics who know how to identify issues early on and provide the appropriate maintenance and repairs. 

So, if you have the resources and qualified team members necessary to keep a tipper truck running smoothly, buying could be a better choice. 

However, if you don’t have the budget or personnel to manage your truck’s maintenance, Rentco can provide this service for you when you hire a truck through us.

Do you need a side tipper or an end tipper?

Both types of trucks have their pros and cons, and it really comes down to what your intended use of the truck is.

An end tipper is great for unloading large loads of freight, but it does have some stability issues given that the trailer needs to be raised quite high to dump the load out - increasing the risk of the truck itself tipping over.

A side tipper offers slightly less capacity than an end tipper, however they can unload your freight much faster, saving you precious time and money. Side tippers also have a lower centre of gravity given that they don’t need to be raised as much when unloading from the sides, so they are less likely to tip over accidentally.

They are also easier to manoeuvre around tight spaces, and can even be used to dump loads over barriers such as a fence.

Is a tipper the right choice for your job?

While a tipper truck might seem like the best solution for your project, there could be other types of trucks or equipment that could transport your load more efficiently and cost effectively. 

At Rentco, we offer a wide range of trucks for rent and our team of experts are happy to consult with you on your needs and advise on the best solution for your business. 

Whether you want more information on our tippers for rent or guidance on selecting the appropriate machinery and equipment for your upcoming work project, give our friendly staff a call or find your nearest Rentco depot details through our website.