Called many different names by operators across the UK, the Grab Loader – or ‘Tipper Grab’ is a tipper with a front mounted crane which has been fitted with a grab bucket.
These trucks are often seen at roadworks when there are holes to be dug. These grab lorries are responsible for the tidying up after the excavators have finished their work. Once the tipper body has been loaded by the grab bucket, the truck can drop the load using the tipping body at a suitable location.
These trucks are usually 6×4 rigids although there are plenty of 8×4 grab loaders for sale at Truckpages.
The most common used grabloader on the Truckpages website are DAF tipper grabs – unsurprising since DAF are UK market leaders across nearly all truck weight ranges.
Other popular choice of chassis for a grabloader are MAN, Volvo and Scania.
Look for cranes by Palfinger – especially their Epsilon series or HMF – check that the crane is first life and wasn’t installed second hand.
Make sure there is a current LOLER inspection on the crane and that all elements are fully operational. As it is a grabloader, it will be relatively easy to test the operation of the crane locally. Does it rotate as it should? What condition is the bucket in? Is there more than one bucket/grab available?
As with buying any tipper make sure that the hydraulics are operational and there are no leaks in the tipping mechanism or in and around the crane.
Does the tipping body have an easy sheet system? If so what is the condition of the sheeting and the mechanical system? Is there on-board weighing? Does it work properly? Is the truck fitted with rear and side view cameras?
All of these extras make the job easier, but they will also add to the price of a used grabloader. As with buying any truck always shop around for the right truck with the right equipment – it is much more important getting the right tool for the job, rather than trying to save a couple of pounds at the time of purchase!
Here is a video from Kel-Berg showing a new grabloader with a Palfinger Epsilon M125 crane and grab bucket and under-body tipping ram
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