Using tipping skips can be an essential addition to your work-space, be it either for indoor or outdoor usage. One of the most prevalent waste management tools found in nearly every house building project is a tipping skip, a small forklift skip for easy manipulation and transportation of supplies and waste on-site, usually to larger skips that are then regularly emptied.

While you will be able to discover a diverse type of design and manufacture choices in the market, you might often come across two of the most common varieties of the tipping skip – the auto or self-tipping skip and conventional forklift skip.

The standard tipping skip operates on the principle of a discharge lever. The skip is positioned on the forks of the forklift and manually appended by a safety chain. The release lever regulated by the driver allows for easy tipping and the return action of the skip.

The auto-tipping forklift skips requires the operator to position the underside of the skip on the edge of a larger general site skip, when the underside of the forklift auto skip is lowered on to the larger skip a mechanical feature releases the skip and dispenses the load in to the larger skip.

What are Telehandler & Forklift Tipping Skips?

The Forklift Tipping Skip or Forklift Hopper is essentially designed for moving materials and expediting waste management on site. The Tipping Skips are available in various sizes and customisation options, including crane lifting points, and furnished with castor wheels.

Meanwhile, Tele Skips, also known as auto-locking skips, are specially designed to automatically lock onto and exempt from the floating forks when in usage.

The tipping skip automatically secures to the forks when they begin to raise off the ground with the assistance of a gas strut or other mechanical means depending on the design.

The Tele Skips heel pins automatically lock and unlock behind the visible fork heels using the gas strut, rather than the traditional safety chain that forklift tipping skips are built with.

This ensures a positive locking when subject to heavy vibrations, shaking and taking a general beating on site!

Once loaded with waste, the Tele Skips are connected and tipped applying the arm itself. There is no pivot or self-tipping mechanism needed on this version since Telescopic Handlers are able to tilt their forks completely avoiding the need for any built in tipping mechanism on the skip.

The Tele Skips are gradually taking over from the traditional forklift tipping skip in circumstances such as on new build construction sites, where telehandlers are every day, and health & safety are red-hot.

Sadly, this industry has had to learn the hard way with several innocent lives being claimed by site accidents occurring as a result of Forklift Hoppers completely falling off the forks of them as a result of an incorrect operator input.


What Is The Difference Between the two versions?

Although the contrast between the two might not be immediately apparent to the eye of the non-specialist, the advantages the Telehandler tipping skip holds over the Forklift option are numerous.

The Telehandler tipping mechanism indicates that no manual control of the skip is required. Once the tipping skip is positioned on the telehandler forklift, it automatically secures with the forks and can be tipped simply by adjusting the forks' angle from the safety of the cabin. No release level or safety chains needed.


What Are The Main Advantages of Telehandler Skips Over Standard Forklift Tipping Skips?

  1. Speed on site - the driver does not essentially need to get out of the forklift cabin, which enhances the speed of the operations and competence of any site operatives.
  2. Economical – the automatic tipping mechanism requires less components, making it a more cost-effective option.
  3. Easy to use and maintain thanks to the fact zero human contact is required to operate the accessory combined with fewer complex components.
  4. Safety – as no manual handling of the tipping skip is mandatory, the self-tipping tele-skip presents a significant development in the safety on-site since the operator is not required to leave the cab and requires no assistance from additional personnel.


It should be noted that if you are operating a standard Forklift Truck and not a Telescopic Handler then you should opt for a standard tipping skip and not a Tele-skip since these have no ‘dumping function’ and there for it will not be possible to discharge the hopper. In the instance where a universal solution is required since you’ll be operating both standard FLT’s and handlers on site, we have a solution for that. The multi-purpose Telehandler Tipper Skip both auto-locks to the forks of a forklift/handler via the heel pins and tips without tilting of the forks controlled by the supplied cable pull system.


Bespoke Forklift & Telehandler Skips

Complete customisation and corporate branding is available on all of our skips, choose from a range of bespoke colours, finishes and accessories such as wheels, cages, covers, lockable lids, welded lifting points for crane chains, heavy-duty gas struts and more. We can totally customise your bespoke hopper to suit your everyday operational requirements.