Somewhat of a rarity until recently in the US, mini dump trucks could be considered a hybrid between a full-sized pickup and a UTV or ATV. Mini trucks can travel in places a full sized truck can’t go and have a higher carrying capacity than an ATV or UTV. One of the best features is their ability to dump on either side, as well as from the back.

Mini trucks (also called Kei trucks) are most often 4WD, right-hand drive, lightweight vehicles used primarily for transportation in Japan. They come standard with seat belts, windshield wipers, headlights, turn signals, and heater.

The gasoline-powered trucks average a top speed of about 55 mph and average around 40MPG; speed governors are an option. They have an off-road vehicle classification in the U.S., and there are many inventive ways they to use them in your operation.

One seller of mini trucks, Second Hand Mini Trucks LLC, offers several options, such as a lift kit, ATV tires, air conditioning, crew cab and even a custom camo paint job, just to name a few. “One even has a scissor lift on it,” said Jon McDaniel, the spokesman at Second Hand Mini Trucks.

Second Hand Mini Truck’s imported trucks average 30,000-50,000 miles, and every model gets completely serviced.

“Mini trucks are a great alternative to other utility vehicles. They can travel where full-sized vehicles are too large or too heavy and can provide solutions there where budget restraints limit regular options. They live up to the Japanese reputation for high quality and dependability,” said Jon McDaniel.

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