Questions we are frequently asked are listed below, if you have any other questions about the muck-truck® powered wheelbarrow range and accessories, please contact Muck Truck America Head office.
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1. How easy is it to steer a loaded muck-truck®? Just ease the handles off the ground and the weight distribution does the rest. It is as easy to steer fully loaded as it is to steer when it's empty.
2. How do I tip a loaded muck-truck®? Release the bucketlock lever with the right hand and slightly raise both handles. The bucket will pivot and dump the load.
3. When tipped, does the front of a loaded muck-truck® hit the ground? No. The bucket tips over the center so there's a good clearance for your load to tip cleanly out of the bucket.
4. How much will the buckets carry? The 6cu ft bucket will carry 2½ wheelbarrow loads, ¼ ton (551 lbs) sand or cement etc, 120 loose bricks, 25 x 3 ft rolls of turf. The MAX dumper is a 8cu ft bucket and will carry 3 wheelbarrow loads (800lbs).
5. Can I tip into the bucket with my standard sized cement mixer? Yes provided it is fitted onto a frame.
6. How easy is it to maintain? The muck-truck® & MAX dumpers are all made in the USA, which means that every component part is readily available. The transmission is a sealed unit and requires no attention other than periodic brake adjustment. All engine adjustments, including replacing the air filter and spark plug, are readily accessible without removing covers. To change the drive belt takes less than 5 minutes with no specialist tools required.
7. How readily available are spare parts? Any order phoned or faxed before 12pm can be delivered the next working day. If you provide us with a zip code spares can even be delivered to a working site.
8. How quickly can attachments be fitted? In seconds. Just remove one lynch pin, slide attachment off/on two locator brackets, (one is longer to make things really easy), and replace the pin. No tools required.
9. What gradient will a fully loaded muck-truck® or MAX dumper climb? Fitted with powerdrive 4-wheel drive, up to 30 °.
10. How long has the muck-truck® been in production? We have been producing the muck-truck® for over 16 years. We originally designed the machine in England, where the name "muck-truck" originated from. Our company has been established for over 21 years selling other similar equipment but the muck-truck® was first developed in 1988 as a ride-on machine for which it won a British Design award. It was much later that we developed the "walk behind" dumpers.
11. There are other machines in the marketplace, why should I buy your product ? We offer a full range of interchangeable accessories, which our competitors do not. This gives you more applications for which you can utilize the muck-truck® or MAX dumper. We believe that only cables and belts are consumable items, and we do not believe that a major component of the machine that you are paying good money for should be classed as a disposable or consumable. Some competitors will even go as far as to make statements that plastic is as durable if not more durable than steel. This is simply not true.
There are several reasons why we believe plastic is less rigid than steel and these are :
- Plastic has a tendency to allow the materials to shift or move downwards placing more stress on the sides of the bucket/tub, the effect this has on the load is that it shifts your center of gravity making the machine less stable, and the operator will have to use physical strength to stabilize the machine. The reason people purchase a motorized or powered wheelbarrow is to reduce the physical aspect of manual labor.
- Plastic is less durable in cold weather conditions, it gets brittle and cracks. Coming from England where the weather is extreme, the muck-truck® steel bucket is made to last in all types of weather conditions.
- Unless a plastic tub/bucket was specifically moulded for this product, you will encounter difficulty in emptying / discharging the load because the front of the plastic tub/bucket will prematurely hit the surface reducing the angle of discharge significantly, leaving you to manually empty the remaining contents of the load.
- With a steel bucket you have the added benefit where you can grade, plastic tub/buckets does not allow you to perform any grading.
Perhaps one day when they start manufacturing motor vehicles, bicycles and other construction equipment out of plastic we will then be persuaded that plastic is more durable.
US Patent Des. 608,517
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