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The average loading height of an ADT is between 11 and 13 feet, with a turning radius around 26 feet, and speed up to 35 mph. The payload varies based on the size of the truck; smaller sizes hold up to 30 tons and larger sizes hold more. ADTs feature all-wheel drive to facilitate the most uneven terrain.
ADTs come with control panels and monitors in the cab. Different models will feature digital or analog gauges and status lights. These gauges and lights will monitor the payload weight, tire pressure, hydraulics, engine and other parts of the ADT. There will be a variety of buttons and levers to operate the individual parts of the dump truck; these will be accessible from the driver’s seat. The engine and transmission will be accessible through panels on the outside of the cab in order to facilitate maintenance.
Cab specifications vary with plenty of options to fit your needs. Noise reduction in the cab is a standard feature. The driver’s chair will be positioned to allow for the smoothest ride possible. Work lights, heated seat, cup holders, CD player and other amenities are available on various models.
How articulated dump trucks work
Once you have loaded the material into the ADT, you can drive it to any desired location. Upon reaching the dump location, the hydraulic lift is operated via button or lever in the cab, and the front end of the truck box is lifted to release the material out the tail end of the truck. This motion is completed in less than a minute. ADTs are made of durable, light material, such as steel, that allows for larger payloads. Ridges and contours in the bed hold the material being hauled to preserve balance over uneven terrain. Even large trucks maintain agility from the balanced weight distribution.
About articulated dump trucks
Articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are used to transport loose material to and from construction sites. They are used to haul materials like dirt, gravel, sand, wood chips, and debris. There are two components to the ADT: the tractor and the trailer, also known as the cab and bed of the truck. The bed is a large open box, hinged at the back, with hydraulic pistons attached to the front. The hydraulics lift the front end of the box and the material is released out of the back end of the truck bed/box. Articulated dump trucks are all-terrain vehicles constructed to drive over soft, hard, smooth, or uneven surfaces.