Mini trucks are so cost effective because of its economy in fuel consumption. Because of these they are becoming so popular as utility vehicles in construction sites.
This vehicle measures a mere 10 ft in length by 4 ft in width by 5 ft in height, so, its compact size makes it easy to maneuver around concrete piles and other obstacles in the construction area.
These trucks are not street legal in some states therefore some construction workers have to load them into a larger pick up truck and transport it to the site or workplace. In other states they are allowed on particular thoroughfares but with a speed governor installed. These devices limit the top speed to 25 up to 30 miles per hour.
With the mini truck's 4 ft -1 in. by 6 ft – 6 in. rail bed, hauling construction materials, such as concrete bags, buckets of paint, gravel or sand, etc., from the delivery area to the storage to the place the materials are called for becomes a convenient chore. If you intend to haul large objects which will not fit the rail bed, it is a good idea to pick the flat bed option. Equipping the beds with hydraulic dumps would be suitable for sand & aggregates cargo. The operator only has to pull the dump lever to unload its burden. There are other options for the beds like passenger cabs if your purpose is to shuttle construction personnel from one place to another, especially the project involved has a very vast site. There is also a van-type option if you want the personnel to have the comfort of air conditioning.
The kei tora, its moniker in Japan, is 4-wheel drive so climbing steep inclines with a load is not a problem. With only a manual transmission available its power is not compromised. The tires can be customized for snow or any type of terrain to provide more traction.
The engine is located between the front wheels under the cab and is a compact 600 cc displacement. The power is assessed at 25 to 45 horsepower. These powerhouses can tow as much as 1400 pounds as well as carry loads of 400 to 1100 pounds. It is water-cooled with the option of 2 to 4 cylinders.
The wheelbase is about six feet and three inches in measurement. The total weight of the mini truck tips the scale at 1800 pounds. The fuel economy is so remarkable that it can stretch a gallon of gasoline to 40 miles. How's that for efficiency?