Best Trucks For Construction and Builders

Builders and Construction workers often spend a lot of thought on their working vehicle. We know builders using all sorts of different vehicles and it can depend on the type of construction industry they are in to their choice of vehicle.

The main factors that are taken into consideration in purchasing a vehicle suitable for construction are load size, off road capability, speed, reliability, safety (For Storing tools) and looks!

See below for the most common types of trucks and vehicles used in the building game.

Standard pickup

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Our good friends at Cornwall Builders Falmouth ( have always opted for a pickup style vehicle. James the Director and project manager gives his reasons for using them: “Pick ups offer a very quick way and easy access for picking up and dropping off materials, they offer great road driving as well so you are still comfortable doing long distances. The speed of the vehicle is similar to a normal car so you have a vehicle of carrying a couple of tonne load but still with good handing and visibility.”

Pickup with Altered body

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All the team in the office were PMSL with this picture we just had to put it in here! Here we have a builder who want to have a pickup whilst keeping the rain out and making it more secure by putting on a cover

Standard Transit Van

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The transit van is a firm favourite for industry it offers the ultimate security for workers and businesses who carry a lot of tools and high valued materials and may be left on a road or near a building site overnight.

SUV or 4×4

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Some building sites are off the beaten track and suffer from poor weather and driving conditions. A lot of firms are using a 4×4 so that they have no problems getting to the job.

Estate Van/Car

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This is for the sole trader who wants a vehicle that can carry tools and materials but offer a slightly easier drive and better on the budget. They offer a very affordable way of traveling around work sites

Tips on Heavy Duty Towing

With the proper tools and strategies, heavy duty towing can be an easy task to do. If you have not done this job before or if you are facing issues in heavy duty towing, here are some essential towing tips that can help and assist you for your next towing task.

Know the towing capacity. Before loading a heavy cargo into a trailer or a hitch, it is of utmost importance to be aware of the towing capacity of your truck. You will only invite a lot of problems when you will tow more than its capacity. Y

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know the amount of load your truck can carry from its owner’s manual. Your ride will be a safe one if you know the amount of weight your vehicle is allowed to tow.

Make sure to properly distribute weight. It is important to make sure that you pay attention to proper weight distribution when you’re moving heavy items in your tow truck. This way, your towing job will be a safe and smooth one. Start by loading the heavy cargo first, and then secure them with ropes or bungee cords to ensure the load will not shift when the vehicle is in motion. You can fill the spaces in between with smaller cargo. In addition, make sure to balance each sides of your trailer to lessen its probability of flipping.

Check your mirrors. Another important thing to take note of are having the proper side mirrors. Make sure to angle them correctly in such a way that you will be able to see other vehicles at the back of your trailer clearly without the need to move your head. This will ensure that you will know when it is possible to switch lanes or when to allow other cars behind you to overtake

Routine tire maintenance. Regularly checking your tires is smart. Tires can typically wear down will need to be maintained frequently. It will be really dangerous if you will ignore tire maintenance. Always check your tires closely beginning your towing ride to avoid any accidents from happening. If your tires are not in perfect condition, the vehicle you are towing will tend to sway. Also, tire maintenance can help you safely reach your destination when you are towing a trailer.

Synchronizing your breaks. Ensuring that your breaks are in perfect working condition is very vital. If you have inefficient breaks, the possibility of an accident happening is quite high especially for heavy duty towing. In order to reduce your breaks’ wear and tear, avoid breaking heavily. You can consider applying your foot slightly to the break. Another thing to keep in mind is not to rush when towing a vehicle since it can be really dangerous not only for you but for other vehicles on the road as well. Therefore, it is imperative for you to maintain your speed following to the speed limit boards.

There are still plenty of heavy duty towing tips you can learn from more experienced drivers, the most important thing to remember though is to always be alert of your surroundings when you are towing a heavy duty load or vehicle.


Truck maintenence

If you look at your truck every day, you should know that something is wrong with it when you lift up the hood, with just a visual look. You should check the front and the back of your truck every day. You can do alot for it by doing that. Some say that by doing that, you can increase the life of your engine by 40%.

Maintenence schedual

First of all you should check your oil, filters, and everything that you can see visually. If you don’t change your oil, you will have engine problems, and not changing filters will cause loss of power. That will cost you around 60$, and not doing that will probably cost you a couple of thousands. That is something that you can do on your own. The main thing about it is that it doesn’t cost much, but it can do much. If you are a truck driver, that is the best thing you can do for you and your truck. Also, driving it nicely can also save your engine, and save your whole truck in general, because forcing it can cause overheating, and lots of other unnecessary things.

Going to mechanic

Sometimes you can’t fix all of your problems on your own. You need to go to mechanic at least once a month, just to check everything. Big problems that trucks have are brakes. Checking your breaks is really important, and if you don’t do that, it can get dangerous on te road. He can also check your DCL and antifreeze. Those are very important in your truck, and people don’t check their DCL level often, but when they do, it’s critical. That can cause huge problems. Air filters are also something to not forget about, and if you drive in places with a lot of sand and dust, you need to change your air filter more often. Also, every now and then you should ask your mechanic to check your belts, check if there are any cracks on them. Those are some of the most important things to check on your truck every now and then.


Take care of your wheels

Of course without wheels, you can’t do much. They are really important, because of your safety, and because of the speed that you can reach. We all know that truckers go on bumpy ways sometimes, and there, they can toss their tire. After every stop, you should check them, see it there is any hols in them, and after that, you are ready to ride.

Auto garage

We can’t imagine our lives without cars. People drive them every day, wherever they go, to work, to shop, to a restaurant, just everywhere. Studies show that there are around 1 bilion cars on our planet, which is one astonishing fact. Of course, there are people that need to take care about them, and those people are auto mechanics.

Auto mechanics: Who are they?

Those are people that dedicated their lives to studying and learning about cars, and if you think that being one is easy, you are wrong. Working every day in dust and oil is everything but easy. Often, they injure themselves, because being underneath a car, almost whole day, can cause a lot of little cuts, swelling and pain. But, they are always happy, and I never saw a sad mechanic. They enjoy their job, and they do it with a full passion. The garage is their home, and place where they spend most of their time. Almost every mechanic has its own one, just to work on his own car.

Auto garage: The dream of every man.

That is a place where every car has to go to, every now and then. It doesn’t matter if you want to fix your car or upgrade it, it is just a pleasure to go there sometimes. Auto garage is a dirty place, full of love for cars. It is loud in there, because of all hard work that they put in those cars. Sometimes you can step into a puddle of oil, but that shouldn’t bother you, because people that work there are covered in that throughout the whole day. Every car in there has its own story, and if you listen closely, you can hear some of the craziest ones from people that work there. Teamwork is one of the most beautiful things in one auto garage. Watching them working together, and solving problems on cars, is a really cool experience.

How to open your own one?

If you really like cars, and you know a lot about them, you should open your own auto garage. It doesn’t take much. You just need a little garage, where you can do your job, buy some tools that you need, put some love in it, and there you have it. Start working on your own car first, go to your local auto garage, watch, listen, and learn. If you love this job, you can very easily become a great mechanic. Every beginning is difficult, but if you put some effort in it, everything is possible.