The Air Tip systems operate with compressed air at 110 psi. A rupture is similar to blowing a tyre on a high end bicycle.
The operating pressure of a hydraulic system is approximately 20 times higher at approximately 2000 psi. A failure at this pressure is extremely hazardous due to the forces involved. The oil itself is also an additional hazard.
Using low pressure air instead of high pressure oil represents a significant risk reduction.
Regular oil spills on the rear of the truck become a slip hazard. This is where the operator has to step across when hooking and unhooking trailers.
Hydraulic lines leak at each connection causing oil to seep onto different aspects of the truck and also into the environment. Rags and tape are commonly used to mitigate the spill, however these methods are not fail safe.
During the hooking and unhooking process of a trailer, each connection looses some fluid. In the case of a hydraulic tipper, this is oil; and in the case of an Air Tip trailer, this is air. These small hydrocarbon spills from a hydraulic tipper create a problem for the environment.
Losing oil is costly, unsightly and detrimental to your company’s image.