Rear Loader Garbage Trucks- Things to Keep in Mind Before Making a Purchase

by | Mar 11, 2015 | Automotive

Rear loader garbage trucks are the staple truck for residential garbage pick-up. These trucks are designed to serve a special purpose. They are fitted with a rear loading compactor that is used for collecting and disposing of waste. However, when it comes to buying rear loader garbage trucks, companies have to keep several things in mind. In the following few paragraphs, a number of tips are discussed that can help a buyer come to a better decision when buying used rear loader garbage trucks.

Wear and Tear

To start, the first thing to check would be the wear and tear that the truck has accumulated over its useful life. This consists of inspecting all of the trucks major components. The life span of a Rear loader garbage truck can vary greatly depending on the maintenance it received throughout it’s time in service. Therefore, age is not the only deciding factor in determining the condition of a rear loader garbage truck. Inspecting the truck can consist of checking mileage, hours, wear and tear on the packer blade and tracks, engine and engine components, transmission, steering and suspension components and the hydraulic system. A truck can have travelled more when owned by one company during five years than the miles they may put on the same truck during a ten-year period. That is the reason why checking the odometer, while important, is not typically considered a thorough inspection.

The Parts: Packer Body and Hydraulic System

While the truck chassis is of utmost importance when purchasing a rear loader garbage truck. It is also important to assess the operating components of the rear loader truck. The Packer body is one of the most important components of rear loader garbage trucks, as it is essential in compacting and unloading trash. Before purchasing any sort of rear loader, it is highly recommended that prospective buyers bring in a professional specialist and get these components assessed. The hydraulic system controls every aspect of the packer body, therefore being just as important to the day to day operations of the truck, so checking it is an absolute necessity before purchasing the truck.

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