How to Choose a Tilt Truck or Self‑Dumping Hopper

Tilt Trucks and Self–Dumping Hoppers are used to collect, sort and transport materials, trash and scrap such as paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, steel and other materials. To choose the right Tilt Truck or Self–Dumping Hopper for your industry, it’s important to take into consideration the 3 most important buying factors below:


The type of frame material should always be the first consideration in choosing a Tilt truck or Self–Dumping Hopper. Lighter materials such as paper, trash and wood would suit more for a polymer type Tilt Truck.



Polyethylene trucks are low in cost, light weight, high strength, rigid, easy to clean, leak proof, and impact and corrosion resistant.

Structural Foam

Structural Foam

Structural Foam trucks carry the same features as Polyethylene trucks but include a frameless design, include ergonomic shaped handles and are commonly used in food processing facilities.



Steel Tilt trucks and Self Dumping Hoppers are designed for heavy use and heavy weight bulky materials. Steel trucks are generally an all-welded constructed and are typically higher in cost vs. a polyethylene truck.


Tilt Trucks and Self–Dumping hoppers come in many sizes and designs. The more cubic space you have, the more you can collect and waste. Tilt trucks sizes vary anywhere from 1/2 cubic yard to 2-1/2 cubic yards. Self Dumping Hoppers vary anywhere from ¼ cubic yard to 6 cubic yards. The sizing’s for hoppers are split into three general sizes and usages:

Small: ¼, ½, ¾ cubic yards
(Ideal for metal shards, small trash, automotive parts waste and more)

Medium: 1, 1-1/2, 2 cubic yards
(Ideal for Wood and Sheet metal trash waste and more)

Large: 3, 4, 5, 6 cubic yards
(Ideal for Pallets, appliances, doors, oversized lumber waste and more)


Generally as cubic capacity gets larger, so does the weight capacity. Polyethylene and Structural Foam self dumping hoppers and tilt trucks can hold up to 2000 lbs. of waste.

Steel tilt trucks and self dumping hoppers can surpass these loading weights, typically the gauge of the steel is a great guidance to its durability, refer to this guideline below:


Standard 10-gauge: General use, factory waste and small metal parts.

Heavy-Duty 7-gauge: Rugged use, heavy duty metals in construction field.

Extra Heavy-Duty 3-gauge: For extreme conditions, heavy material dropped in container. Handling of hot materials, in refineries.

Frame Design

Selecting a frame design depends widely on location of use. An all-welded steel chassis frame around Polyethylene or Steel tilt trucks / self dumping hopper provides a heavy duty and greater weight support around the bin. A frameless design Structural foam tilt truck, is ideal for use in wet environments, where as a steel chassis frame would likely get damaged and corrode.

Frame design

Self dumping hoppers include fork lift pockets which are ideal for elevated fork lift dumping, it allows the operator to easily move and dump large loads at the ease of their forklift seat. Self dumping hoppers can also be fitted with casters for easy maneuverability, where as Tilt trucks are self-manually tilted for single-operator use.