Garbage Truck Reloader


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The Heil high-performance PT 1100 garbage truck is the first rear-loader designed entirely with Dover Corporation’s worldwide ambitions in mind. The PT 1100 is designed to be a truly global platform, with the flexibility to produce and assemble anywhere in the globe, thanks to ESG’s unrivaled design, fabrication, and channel partner resources.

To optimize durability and payloads, the PT 1100 is built with a lot of high-tensile, high-yield strength steels. It comes with built-in and standardized safety measures, as well as super-fast cycle speeds for enhanced productivity and versatility.

Garbage Truck Features and Benefits

High-tensile, high-yield strength construction Provides increased strength with reduced weight enabling maximization of garbage payloads 

All metric design Provides ease of maintenance and support anywhere in the world 

Fully interlaced sub-frame and platformed body Engineered to provide maximum strength to the body floor and sides 

Upgraded packer mechanisms and geometry Provides increased packing performance and improved ease of maintenance 

Over-sized packer bearings and ejector wear pads Gives increased durability, reduced cost, and reduced service downtime 

Standard regen valve/17- to 20-second cycle time Super-fast cycle time improves speed of garbage collection and reduces operating costs 

Smooth-sided body design with four side bolsters Optimized design strength in association with enhanced signage application 

Commercial sized 2.3m3 hopper Improves on route efficiencies for loading both residential and commercial garbage waste 

Standard built-in 130-ltr sump tank Provides for leachate containment and reduces possibility of spills. Ideal for handling wet waste and organics

Shur-LockTM tailgate locks Hydraulically operated tailgate locks on the back of the garbage truck allow the operator to securely close and quickly open the tailgate, while improving safety during landfill/ transfer station activities 

Mechanical or electrical control options Increases options in accordance with improved efficiencies and ease of maintenance 

Standard LED lights and twin hopper work lights Improves visibility and durability 

Full range of container lifting mechanisms Full range of lifters available for picking up both US and European spec containers 

Standard oversized in-body oil tank Provides for improved weight distribution, less contamination exposure and better hydraulic oil cooling as well as freeing up valuable chassis frame rail space 

Powder-coated blades and ejector panel Offers improved product protection and durability 

Standard high-level tailgate to body seal interface Provides for enhanced leachate containment when handling organics 

Standard premium cylinders and valves Protective plated rods on all cylinders for increased durability and protection 

How a Bin Truck Works

Rear Loading Refuse Trucks

The bin truck travels down a residential Street it’s stops for a short while allowing time for the sanitization engineers to bring the individual rubbish bins to the back of the garbage truck and empty the bins into the hopper at the rear of the vehicle.

A hydraulic mechanism in the back of the truck then scoops the trash or refuge from the hopper into the compacting section inside the truck . The Mechanism then compacts the refuge to reduce the space which it takes up in the back of the truck.   This is the cycle that continues until the body of the truck is full.

The driver then takes the truck to the garbage dump site/landfill, and again with hydraulic mechanisms, as the back of the truck is lifted up the compacting panels are moved out of the way and the compacted garbage is pushed out of the rear of the truck onto the Landfill.

Front Loading Refuse Trucks

In the case of front loading garbage trucks, the garbage collection hopper is in the front of the vehicle and the sanitation engineers empty the rubbish bins into the hopper once it is full, the driver then operates hydraulic arms which lift the hopper up and over the cab of the vehicle dumping the garbage into the back compact the section.  As the truck moves along the streets hydraulics in the back of the truck compact the garbage.

And as in the rear loading truck once the compactor section is full the driver then returns to the refuge landfill and in the same fashion has the rear loading garbage truck empties the compacted refuge on to the landfill.

How does garbage truck compactor work?

Modern garbage trucks normally have two main moving parts when it comes to the compaction process. there is the blade and there is the bulkhead.

the blade operated by hydraulics cause or sweeps the garbage from the hopper into the body of the garbage truck and then presses it this compacting the garbage up against the bulkhead.

and has more garbage is placed into the hopper so the blade will then true that new garbage into the back of the vehicle and pressurize it up against the bulkhead. has the blade forces more garbage into the body it will overload the relief valve on the hydraulic cylinder which controls the bulkhead then the bar kid moves forward away from the blade.

if the blade comes across an object which is cannot Compact it’s simply forces the bulkhead further back into the body of the truck. and if it gets to a point where It cannot compress anymore a relief valve reduces the hydraulic pressure in the system and nothing happens.

when the truck returns to the Landfill to empty its contents the compression blade as it is also known will be raised out of the way with the tailgate section so the bulkhead can then slide the load out of the body of the truck with ease.

How much does garbage truck weight?

On average a fully laden garbage truck to the legal limit is plus minus 51,000, and when empty it is in the region of 33,000 pounds.

that these weights don’t always determine how much garbage can be collected as where the plays a big role in the weight of the garbage.

most of the time residential garbage is outside and if it should be raining the night before or snowing this can really affect the weight of the refuge, thus the garbage truck will not be able to collect as much garbage as it would have if it had not rained or snowed.

How wide is garbage truck?

Dimensions of the average modern garbage truck
Rear Loading Trucks
The average height is ±3.35m
The average length is ±7.56m
Front Loading Trucks
The average height is ±3.80m
The average length is ±8.76m

Who designed the first garbage truck?

In 1937, a gentleman by the name of George Dempster was the first person to invent a garbage collection system into which waste containers could be mechanically tips into the back of the truck.

It was George Dempster’s naming of his own containers ”dumpster” which then coined the dumpster phrase from then on.

The next big Revolutionary update to how garbage trucks handled refuse was in 1938 when Garwood load packer designed a compactor to be implemented into the garbage truck.

even though it was quite a primitive design it managed to double the trucks garbage collection capacity. the garwood load packer used hydraulics to Compact the refuge in the back of the refuge truck.

In 1937, George Dempster invented the “Dempster-Dumpster” system in which wheeled waste containers were mechanically tipped into the truck. His containers were known as “Dumpsters”, which led to the word “dumpster” entering the english language.

In 1938, the Garwood Load Packer revolutionized the industry when the notion of including a compactor in the truck was implemented. The first primitive compactor could double a truck’s capacity. This was made possible by use of a hydraulic press which compacted the contents of the truck periodically.