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The Advantages of McNeilus Automated Side Loader Garbage Trucks

McNeilus side loader garbage trucks are some of the most popular vehicles currently used in the waste management industry. This is thanks to their flexibility, efficiency, and eco-friendly designs that make them easy and affordable to operate.


The most common usage for automated side loader garbage trucks is in residential waste collection. In this environment, one of the most common challenges truck operators face is cramped, narrow roads filled with obstacles such as parked cars, cul-de-sacs, and other objects left in the street. In this sort of operating environment, McNeilus garbage trucks still manage to excel thanks to their zero radius arms that can grab and lift refuse containers even in tight spaces.

With an arm reach of six feet and a lift capacity of 500 pounds, McNeilus trucks can pluck garbage cans in a crowded residential street, empty them, and then deposit them in the same spot without hitting anything. If more reach is needed, there is a model with a 12-foot extended arm available as well. If manual loading is necessary, the low-height hopper makes it easy for workers to do so.

Lastly, once the truck reaches the landfill, its full-eject feature allows the truck to deposit waste at the landfill quickly and easily with its set of telescoping cylinders. This means there’s no need to tilt the body, saving time overall.


McNeilus side loader garbage trucks are designed with durability in mind. With nitrided rods and a patented tool steel shaver, they prevent damage that can occur from extended use, and use heavy-duty industrial paints to prevent chipping or cracking.

Even under heavy duress, McNeilus trucks look professional and well-maintained. All high-wear areas are manufactured from high-quality, abrasion-resistant steel for added strength and durability, further ensuring that McNeilus is a name your company can rely on.

Because the loader arm is side-mounted, its motion causes less stress on the vehicle’s frame, which further improves reliability and the truck’s operational lifespan.



In addition to designing for operational flexibility and reliability, McNeilus has made a conscious effort to develop vehicles that are sustainable in the long-term. For the ecologically conscious, McNeilus offers CNG-powered garbage trucks, which run up to six times cleaner than conventional fuel-based vehicles. These trucks also cut down on noise pollution and save fuel costs, making them more pleasant for your drivers to operate and saving you money in the long term as well.

If you’re considering adding a McNeilus automated side loader to your waste management company’s fleet, consider a garbage truck rental from Big Truck Rental. We offer a full range of garbage truck configurations, from front loaders to roll-off trucks, with numerous options for both short- and long-term rentals. If you like your rental enough, we also offer purchase options for certain models. Give us a call today, and see how we can help you with your trucking needs!

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