A tipper truck hire can be a good choice for demolition cleanup or rubbish removal that cannot be managed by a standard skip bin. It's also used for removing materials from excavation work; after all, the dirt you dig up usually needs to go somewhere! A tipper truck also allows you to pick up dirt, gravel, or another material needed for filling in pits and trenches on your property. When you're ready to hire a tipper truck, note a few terms you might come across and their meanings, so you know what type of truck you need and what you're hiring.

Three-way, side tipper, tail lift

A tail lift means the truck's bed lifts to empty materials out the tail or back end. A side tipper tips to one side or the other; this is often preferred for filling in certain trenches or for larger loads where a tail lift may cause a backup of the material being emptied. A three-way tipper means that it can tip in all three directions; to the left or right of the cab and directly behind the cab. This is important for some jobs as you may need to have dirt or another material delivered to fill in a trench or pit and will only be able to maneuver the truck into certain positions on the jobsite.

Always note the direction of a tipper truck before you hire it as not all will be side tippers, whereas some are side tippers but only tip to one side or the other. A three-way will be most versatile but often the most expensive rental.


A caged tipper will have a protective cage around the bed of the truck. Choose this for hauling debris from a construction site if there is a risk it might spill out or blow away during hauling.


A pod is set behind the cab of the truck and is used for storage. This is a good choice if you'll also be renting tools with your tipper truck, as it will keep them secure without having them get in your way in the cab of the truck.

Chipper chute

Some tipper trucks will come with what is called a chipper chute. This is a chute that is attached to the truck that allows for more control over the delivery of chipped or loose materials. Rather than simply being dumped out of the back or side of the truck, these materials can be sent through the chute for a slower and more precise emptying of the truck. Use this for chipped wood, gravel, and anything else that you may need to use for filling in smaller areas, when dumping the entire load is unnecessary and may only make a mess.