Video of Trash Trucks For Sale

Apex Equipment has added a new video of trash trucks for sale to the Apex trash truck video gallery. Apex sells certified pre owned trash trucks, which must pass a series of inspections and tests before being released for work. Each trash truck undergoes an initial analysis by a qualified mechanical technician, prior to purchase, to ensure that it will conform to the Apex trash truck acquisition standards. A trash truck that passes the initial onsite evaluation will then be purchased and transported to the Apex Equipment refurbishing center, where it will undergo a more vigorous inspection process, known as the Apex 210 Point Inspection, to determine any defects in the equipment.

The trash trucks that make it to the Apex 210, will receive a thorough investigation of drivetrain, drivetrain peripheral, cab, electrical, body, hoist, hydraulic, suspension, and steering components. Putting the trash truck under this intense scrutiny, reveals any deficiencies that did not appear during the original onsite analysis. Once any faults are exposed, Apex begins the refurbish, or certification(depending on the year) process. This is the stage where the Apex restoration technicians review the repair order and begin making the necessary upgrades to the trash truck.


Any trash truck with a leaking hydraulic cylinder, will have the cylinder disassembled, the piston shaft and cylinder bore visually inspected for damage, and repaired or replaced if needed. Then the seal is repacked, the cylinder reassembled, and reinstalled, and will be tested, again later, by the quality control department during a final detailed inspection of the entire vehicle.


Trash trucks where trunnion problems have been identified, will have the the trunnion disassembled, the shaft inspected(and replaced if necessary), and the bushings replaced with new bushings, to correct the issue. Broken and severely worn rear suspension and lift axle air bags are replaced with new air bags. Broken leaf springs are also replaced.


Trash trucks with steering issues like worn kingpin bushings will have the bushings replaced, damaged kingpins will have the kingpins replaced, draglinks, tierods, U-Bolts, gear boxes, and any other steering mechanisms on the trash truck will all be replaced or repaired if needed.

Body Work

Any body defects will be repaired, and part replaced, and the body repainted if necessary, to bring back the aesthetics of the truck. A clients company colors may be added at this point in the process.

Independent FDOT

A Federal DOT inspection will be performed, on the trash truck, by an outside independent source. The truck will come back at that time, and have any new items detected by the inspection repaired. This will ensure that the truck is road worthy as well as work ready.

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Trash Truck Evolution
The first real trash trucks were developed in the 1920’s to solve the problem of spilling refuse along the road during transport, and minimizing the odor associated with the use of open top vehicles for conveyance (shown at right). These covered body trash trucks had a small or large opening in the top of the body, and an operator would physically lift a waste receptacle above his shoulders to empty it into the trash truck.

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Side Load Trash Trucks
In the late 1920’s the side load hopper style trash truck was manufactured(shown at left). This trash truck had a hopper that was about waist height. The operator would fill the hopper, and with a lever and cable apparatus, would lift the hopper to the top of the truck, and dump the contents into an opening in the body.

Rear Load Conveyor Style Trash Trucks
In the early 1930’s the rear load, dual opening fixed hopper (shown at right) was being used in cities like New York, Chicago and Milwaukee. This truck had a conveyor that moved the material from the back to the front of the body, and side doors, to more evenly distribute the load throughout the body.

Rear Load Bucket Trash Trucks
The rear load bucket style trash trucks were used heavily in the 1930s and 1940s. Like the side load, this trash truck had a bucket at the rear of the truck (shown at left) that would be filled with garbage, then lifted over the truck by two arms, and emptied into an openening in the top of the body. There were also models that had a compactor plate at the front of the body.

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Rear Load With Tailgate Compactor

This trash truck made it possible to compress the load toward the front of the truck with two tailgate panels, which allowed for more trash to be conveyed in each trip.  Since that time the trash truck has evolved into a divers assortment of trash and debris removal equipment. In the coming articles, we will focus on four of those trash trucks that are utilized the most in the modern waste industry.

This article is based on information found on the following websites:
Classic Refuse Trucks News
Tiger Dude

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