Dumpers are the workhorses of many different industries, from construction sites to landscaping projects. Mini dumpers are the smallest and most compact member of the dumper family. Mini dumpers (not to be confused with power wheelbarrows) make transporting construction materials a breeze and will manoeuvre materials around more quickly — and much more easily — than a standard wheelbarrow. Their compact size means they can be used in narrow spaces where other machinery can’t go.
Mini dumpers come in various models, configurations and sizes. You need to make sure you know exactly what you need from the machine, what terrain it will operate on and what site restrictions you have to comply with.
Before choosing a mini dumper, you need to identify the key requirements of the project and the site. First off, how much will it need to carry? Payload capacity ranges from 200 kg (basic power wheelbarrow) to a whopping 1000 kg (large track dumper). Additional accessories such as a flat bed, tow ball hitch or a narrow bucket can all increase the versatility of the machine. Consider whether a slightly larger investment will give you a greater return in terms of higher versatility and durability, improved operator comfort and superior safety. Features such as an articulated steering function, automated motor brake system, two stage self-tipping skip and durable poly tray can significantly reduce labour cost, improve operator safety and comfort and overall usability.
Mini dumpers often come on tracks. Although these are suitable for high-capacity loading and dry terrains, they can struggle on wet and muddy terrain, as well as be expensive to maintain.
Four wheel-drive models with tyres are suitable for all terrains. They achieve ultimate traction and drive, as well as having a loading capacity of 400-500 kg. A fully sealed hydrostatic drive system, with no separate gearboxes or drive belts, will significantly reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
Mini dumpers are powered by either a petrol engine, diesel engine or battery.
When choosing a model, consider site requirements such as noise or emissions restrictions or lack of electricity. If you choose an engine powered model, look for one that has a reliable engine that allows hassle free operation.
If an electric model is best suited for the job or site, make sure it has a long run-time, so it lasts all day – 8 hours, as you don’t want the machine to run out of power mid-way through the job. An electric mini dumper is much quieter than an engine operated model and is also an environmentally friendly option. Plus the fact that it has no operating emissions means you can safely use it indoors.
Look for a top-quality mini dumper with a robust design and a payload capacity that suits your jobs. A two-stage self-tipping skip means there will be no manual lifting, and an ultimate tip angle ensures a totally empty skip bin. Other things that will make your mini dumper more versatile and durable include a hydrostatic drive system, articulated steering function, safe parking mode, and wide-profile mud gripper tyres.
Flextool has a range of quality mini dumpers. Whatever the demands of your business, Flextool has the right equipment for the job.