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A Guide to Commercial Trucks

Without doubt, purchasing a commercial truck involves both money and essential decisions.

new or used You need to understand precisely how you plan to use your vehicle, the job you have for it now or in the future and begin to identify the type of vehicle that will do it for you.

Budget is also likely to be a factor. Whilst it may be great to go out and spend many thousands on a new vehicle, for many, this is just not possible or the correct business decision. A wide range of pre-owned vehicles available to buy or hire can undoubtedly be a viable alternative option for many businesses. Specialist companies offer pre-owned vehicles that have had rigorous safety checks, including rust checks, and in some instances, can be re-built to your specifications. This could make them a highly cost-effective way to get a new truck on the road.

Commercial trucks are generally divided into different types to help narrow down the search for a new vehicle or understand the vehicle classes you may drive. Each requires a commercial driver’s license to operate and are fitted out to carry out specific tasks. Here we look at the most common eight.

Tipper Truck

Tippers are an essential waste management vehicle. You will likely see multiple vehicles on commercial construction sites or areas where large volumes of dirt, hardcore or soil need to be moved. Their tipping action aids quick and easy removal of the contents. A load capacity of up to 32 tons and a typical 3 or 4 axle configuration enables excellent grip over uneven terrain.

Cement Mixer

Their huge cylindrical tank mixes large volumes of concrete onboard as the tank revolves.


Flatbed trucks are the ideal choice for carrying lumber, large industrial loads and even vehicles. They are relatively light in the truck category enabling them to carry heavy non-liquid loads efficiently.


Perhaps the most common truck we see on our motorways. They have a driver cab and trailer attachment. The trailer can have solid wall or curtain sides, enabling them to transport large volumes. With as many as eighteen wheels, they can be designed to carry onboard equipment to unload the goods.


The most apparent sighting of a tanker will be carrying petroleum or oil. Large volumes of liquid or fluid can be transported safely. They will also be seen transporting milk and dried goods and can be emptied efficiently at the destination.

Refrigerated Truck

Grocery stores and food manufacturers use these lorries to transport climate-sensitive products. Food or goods that need to be chilled or frozen can maintain temperature during transport in these specially refrigerated units.

Refuse Truck

Refuse trucks are the ones tasked with taking away our domestic and commercial waste. Many of these have crushers that break down the litter to increase the onboard waste capacity. In addition, many will be fitted with automated bin lifters to suit domestic or commercial bins.

Heavy Hauler

These are the biggest of the trucks seen on our roads, used to move heavy oversize loads that also require an escort vehicle. They can carry mobile homes, large roof trusses, boats or anything excessively wide or long, requiring broader or lengthier road space than a standard truck.

With the wide variety of trucks available, choosing the right one for your business is critical to ensure you get the best out of it. Careful consideration before purchase (or rental) should help you avoid getting a vehicle that is more of a hindrance than a help.


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