Should You Buy a Single Axle Dump Truck?

Tips for Buying a Used Medium Duty Truck

A dump truck is one of the handiest tools a Texas business can own. When you come to Kyrish Truck Centers, you’ll find some great deals on new or used dumps. Some have single rear axles, and others come with tandem (double) axles. Which one is best for your needs? Let’s look at this issue a little closer.

Why Just One Axle?

The main reason for having more than a single rear axle involves weight. You’re only allowed to haul so much material for each rear axle the truck has. If your capacities are not more than a single axle vehicle, you’re better off buying one and here is why:

  • Maintenance – it’s easier to maintain 6 tires and wheels as opposed to 10. With a tandem axle vehicle, you have four more tires to keep inflated and replace when it’s time for new tires. You also have more drive line components and an extra differential to maintain.
  • Handling – maneuver two axles is sometimes easier than three.
  • Fuel Efficiency – a tandem axle dump truck is heavier than most single axle trucks. A lighter vehicle gives you better fuel economy. If you put many miles per day on your trucks in Texas, this can save a lot of money on gasoline or diesel fuel.
  • Cost – a single axle vehicle costs less than a tandem axle truck. However, if you shop used trucks, prices can vary and may not matter as much.

Tandem Axle Trucks

For heavy-duty hauling, a tandem axle dump truck is the best choice for your Texas business. It’s easier to haul heavy loads and towing is usually easier because these trucks have larger engines and extra heavy-duty transmissions. For a great deal on an affordable new or used dump truck in Texas, visit a Kyrish Truck Center nearest your city.