(By Greg Rourke) – Dump trucks…my old nemesis. I hauled all sorts of stuff one might put in a dump truck for many years. Usually drove junk, such as ancient R Model Macks until my employer assigned me a brand new Mack Granite tractor. I hadn’t steered and geared it for one week when I was hooked to a 40 foot dump trailer which blew the hydraulic hose when the body was all the way up. The five stage hydraulic cylinder almost emptied the 50 gallon oil tank when fully extended, and now all 50 gallons sprayed all over my shiny new Mack, as well as the traffic director at the scrap yard. Ernesto never forgave me, but that’s another story.
Here we have a pair of dump trucks hauling some sort of bulk material, looks like maybe coal? Being cabover straight trucks I’m guessing somewhere in Europe. The body on one is almost all the way up, but not much of the load has spilled. Whereas in my case only the hose blew and the body came down in an orderly, albeit a messy fashion, this guy has the cylinder itself break. The body comes down hard enough to blow the windshield out of the truck. Ouch.