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JCB Dumpster HTD5

The Dumpster HTD5 tracked carrier from JCB The Dumpster HTD5 tracked carrier from JCB
Load capacity (kg)500
Engine make/hpJCB
Engine power (hp)5.9
Fuel tank capacity (litres)4.3
Dimensions (LxWxH) (mm)1700/690/1100
Weight (kg)475
Engine Power (kW)4.4
List price POA
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Test Report

HT stands for high tip: and this one certainly is. It stretches up 1.45m to empty directly into skips or high-sided vehicles and it will carry up to 500kg - not a weight you would want to move by wheelbarrow.

We like the Dumpster, or Dumpy as we affectionately call it, because it saves a lot of effort and time and because it is the perfect width for access through gateways. It has two speeds: slow tracking gives precision and control in tight spaces, while faster tracking moves swiftly across site. A track-lock stops the machine from creeping when parked on a hill.

The length gives stability, yet the Dumpster still fits into a Transit van with room for lots of other kit.

Agger is most impressed with the walk-behind dumper. "It's the handiest thing I've seen today," he says. "It saves five or six barrow loads and a lot of effort. And it'll go through a doorway beautifully. I can't fault it."

The Dumpster is easy to use. You can let the novices free on this one. What is more, the 5.9hp diesel engine is easily accessible for checks and servicing.

The machine is also marked by Cesar Datatag for security.

Engine: single-cylinder 5.9hp diesel with electric start
Transmission: 2-speed hydrostatic
Fuel tank capacity: 4.3 litres
Hydraulic tank capacity: 14 litres
Machine weight: 475kg
Carrying capacity: 500kg
Clearance tipping: 1.45m
Machine length: 1.7m
Machine width: 0.69m
Price: POA
Contact: JCB 01889 590312

Tested This Week

Vermeer S600TX
Hanix H09D
Bobcat E14
JCB Dumpster HTD5
Vibromax VM1500
Stihl TS 410A

The challenge: to build a path to the new glasshouse at the College of West Anglia's Milton Campus. The specifications: width 1.2m, length 150m. Gravel boards (15cm deep), pegged at 1m intervals, will form the edging. Construction will be 10cm hardcore with a final layer of hogging or sand grit. The grit sand will be screed with a dry cement mix and slabs laid at the glasshouse end.

We use the Bobcat and Hanix excavators to dig and level, tipping the spoil into the JCB Dumpster. At the other end of the path, we start with the Vermeer loader, shovelling and transporting soil and spoil to heaps that will become a rock garden. After pegging in the boards, the Dumpster and loader are used to shift and spread hardcore before the Vibramax is brought in for compaction. The Stihl TS410A is used to cut the paving slabs for the glasshouse patio area. The test took a week. The weather was cold, but dry.

The Review Panel

Mark Ekin, programme area manager (Horticulture Agriculture and Countryside), College of West Anglia Milton Campus, Cambridge

Ashley Harding, level 3 landscape-student, College of West Anglia Milton Campus, Cambridge

Brian Agger, self-employed contractor, Cambridge

Clive Woodruff, contractor, trading as CW Services, Cambridge.