Construction is a complicated industry, and sometimes it can feel like there are a thousand different pieces of specialist equipment for any given purpose. Trucks are no different; there are many different varieties that will suit a whole host of tasks. Here are some of the most common types of trucks you'll encounter in the business, and what they're used for.
1. Crane Trucks
This is the most self-explanatory category in the list — but crane trucks are specifically designed to support and transport crane technology around. Of course, cranes of different sizes and heights will require different trucks, so there's great variation within this category too. For most businesses, hiring out these trucks as and when they're needed makes more sense than buying one outright. Chances are, you'll need different size cranes every time, so hedging your bets with one truck could lead to frustration down the line. However, if you do make repeated use of a specific size crane, the costs of hiring could add up over time. It's best to weigh this up for your business's individual needs.
Although they may not know the name, this kind of vehicle is perhaps what most people think of when they imagine an industrial-sized truck. These high-powered, heavy-duty vehicles attach and detach easily from various kinds of trailers, meaning that one semi-trailer can be used for a variety of different purposes. Because they're so versatile, you may find it a worthwhile investment to purchase one for your company outright, particularly if you transport goods frequently.
3. Tray Tops
Tray top trucks are like big brothers to the flatbed truck. These industrial-size carriers can be loaded up with trailers, shipping crates or any other type of load that can be secured down to their flat tray-shaped surfaces — hence the name. They are quite versatile since they can carry loads of any shape or description. However, they may not be as powerful as a semi-trailer. If you frequently move around items of unusual shapes and sizes that don't fit in conventional trailers, this could be a great purchase option for your business. Otherwise, it makes good sense to hire them.
Of course, your business needs may require you to invest in more than one style of truck — but understanding the differences, and knowing how they relate to your own requirements, will help you to make the wisest decisions for your business. Your business's bank account will thank you for avoiding a large vehicle purchase that you don't need!