Though they have similar functions, on-highway and off-highway dump trucks are optimized for completely different purposes. Learn more about the differences between on-highway and off-highway dump trucks with the earthmoving experts at The Cat® Rental Store.
Dump trucks are typically split into the following categories:
On-road dump trucks can brave job sites and highways with ease. There are eight main types of on-road dump trucks:
While off-road dump trucks may be limited in their driving capabilities, they more than make up for it in their hauling capacity. Off-road dump trucks fall into two categories — articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and rigid haul trucks. Rigid haul and articulated dump trucks each have the following advantages:
Rigid haul trucks are the simpler of the two configurations. While rigid haul trucks may not be extremely flexible in their maneuvering capabilities, they can haul significantly more than ADTs. Even the smallest rigid haul style dump trucks have a weight capacity of around 60 tons, while the largest trucks have weight capacities of up to 500 tons. Due to their high weight capacity and off-road designation, almost all rigid haul trucks are used for mining operations.
Articulated dump trucks are the most common type of off-road dump trucks due to their versatility. Their articulating center joint allows them to maneuver rough terrain with ease at the cost of weight capacity. Most ADTs have a haul capacity between 25 and 45 tons, though many international models haul between 10 and 30 tons.
To learn more about our products, or to schedule a free rental quote, call 1-800-RENT-CAT or browse our equipment online and rent the right dump truck for your operation.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You