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tipper truck 101 what they are and how they work

Tipper truck 101: what they are and how they work

Tipper trucks and trailers are everywhere these days - they’re just so incredibly useful. Whether you’re just renovating your backyard or bringing multiple tonnes of bulk fill to your construction site, tipper trucks are a boon on all sorts of jobs. But what exactly is a tipper truck and how ...
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how to tie down a load on a flatbed truck rental

How to tie down a load on a flatbed truck rental

The reasons for the popularity of flatbed truck rentals are clear: they’re convenient and flexible. However, flatbed truck accidents are some of the worst on the road. Because flatbeds usually carry large or unwieldy loads, should a crash occur and the load get loose, the consequences can be particularly deadly ...
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semi trailer truck rental

How many pallet spaces are there on a semi trailer?

There’s no hard and fast answer to how many pallet spaces there are on a semi trailer as not all semi trailers are made equal. Just like car motors or vans, semi trailers come in a range of different shapes and sizes. Some trailers have a completely flat deck; some ...
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Fuso Canter tipper truck

Do You Need a License to Drive a Dumper Truck?

Hiring a dumper truck takes the back ache out of any construction, landscaping, or earth moving job. Built like a typical flat-bed truck, a dumper truck (sometimes also called a tipper truck) has an open-box bed on the back which can be tilted up with a hydraulics system. The easily ...
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modern trucks

From manual to auto: the world of modern trucks

For decades truck drivers have preferred the degree of control that a manual transmission provides. Early attempts at driving trucks with automatic transmissions saw drivers frustrated and angry, as the transmissions had difficulty communicating with engines causing uneven shifts. Nowadays – things are changing. In 2018 only 9.2 per cent ...
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Mezzanine truck

Introducing Mezzanine Tautliners

You asked for it and we delivered. Southern Cross Truck Rentals are proud to announce the arrival of our new 12 Tonne Mezzanine Tautliners. Available for immediate hire, these Tautliner Trailers are perfect for those of you looking for safety, convenience, and freight-packing power. What are they? Our 12 Tonne ...
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Driver-facing cameras

Driver-facing cameras: are they necessary?

Transport companies engage with high levels of risk when it comes to their fleet and the safety of their workers. In NSW, it has become common-place to install driver-facing cameras in vehicles as a way of managing and mitigating risk. But are these cameras necessary? To gain an understanding about ...
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Can a truck driver bring their partner and family on the road

Can a truck driver bring their partner and family on the road?

Being a truck driver can be a lonely business. Depending on your work and route, you may be away from your family for days or weeks at a time. Even if you rent a truck for a small gig, you may find yourself in a situation where you want to ...
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B-Double or semi-trailer

B-Double or semi-trailer? Refresh your truck and trailer knowledge

We all know that without trucks, Australia stops. But most people on the roads don’t know their B-Doubles from their semi-trailers. In this article we’re reviewing the most common heavy vehicles and trailers on Aussie roads. Why? It never hurts to do a refresher. And it might even be an ...
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How to prevent driver fatigue in the real world

How to prevent driver fatigue in the real world

Have you ever driven somewhere and can’t remember how you got there? It’s a classic sign of driver fatigue, a state of mind that makes you 4.5 times more likely to crash than other drivers. In this article, we’ll look at how driver fatigue affects Aussie drivers, show you the ...
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