Acquiring the right piece of construction equipment for the job is a big decision. By acquiring the equipment that matches the demands of the job, you can streamline your operations, reduce your costs, and be able to use the equipment for a long period. With all of the different equipment options on the market, it can be difficult to decide which machine will benefit your operations the most.

When you are selecting equipment for mining, quarries, or large-scale construction projects you need dependable equipment that can stand up to the harshest environments. A key piece of equipment for these jobs is the articulated dump truck, also called an articulated rock truck or hauler truck. The Terex TA400 Articulated Dump Truck is a popular option for these big jobs.

We have put together some important information about the TA400, a fantastic option if your organization is looking to improve operational efficiency. We also cover what you need to consider when deciding to lease or buy your equipment.


Started in 1934, Terex Trucks joined the market with the invention of the off-road dump truck. Today, Terex manufactures seven different models of articulated dump trucks and is well respected in the industry. Terex has achieved the ISO 45001 certification through the Lloyds Register, which demonstrates their commitment to safety. Every rock truck is produced with the utmost safety standards and is trusted worldwide for reliability and flexibility in the harshest of working conditions. The 2016 Terex TA400 articulated hauler, specifically, is touted for its low total cost of ownership and high productivity.

According to Terex Trucks’ Managing Director, Paul Douglas, “Terex Trucks has been investing in and making improvements to both the TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers. Both of these machines are robust, reliable, and productive. Our articulated haulers have never been better.”

The TA400 is designed to keep service time and costs low—featuring an electronically raised hood that provides easy access to the engine, making routine maintenance quick and easy for any technician. Faster service means reduced downtime, so your organization can continue to run smoothly and efficiently.

Terex is confident that the TA400 can meet the demands of any job, no matter how extreme the environment. The truck is designed from the ground up to outperform the competition at tough job sites including mines, quarries, and large-scale construction sites. The TA400 rock truck has 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 1,663 pounds-foot (2,255-newton meters) of torque from its high performance, fuel-efficient engine, the Scania DC13 diesel that is Tier-4 interim compliant. The truck can haul up to 41.9 tons (38 metric tons) and has a spacious capacity of 30.3 cubic yards (23 cubic meters). It features the Allison HD4560 transmission, which can go up to 6,000 hours between oil changes for long-lasting productivity.

The TA400’s transfer box lets operators tailor his/her machine for top performance in all working conditions. The truck features adaptive shifting and two speeds for faster ground speeds when conditions are good and more tractive effort for slippery ground and slopes. No matter what kind of business you are in, you can be confident that the 2016 Terex TA400 will improve productivity on your worksite.

Finally, the TA400 has a spacious cab with pressurization, heat and A/C, adjustable air suspension seats, and sound insulation so your personnel will be comfortable while they operate.

Leasing Versus Buying

Once you decide that the TA400 is right for your site, you need to decide how to acquire the truck. We have created an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each acquisition option, taking cost, and expected usage into consideration. The goal is to ensure that you consider the most important details when making your decision to purchase, lease, or rent the 2016 Terex TA400 Articulated Dump Truck.

Upfront Cost

When deciding to lease or purchase, it is important to consider what your business can afford. Companies across the US have turned to Meridian for construction equipment leasing to avoid the upfront costs of acquiring equipment while maintaining fixed, low monthly payments so they can budget and allocate capital to areas that need the most attention. Purchasing is an option, but you will have to pay more cash upfront to acquire the equipment.


When deciding whether to lease or purchase your equipment, it’s important to consider how much you intend to use the equipment and for how long. If you intend to use your TA400 for several months or only a few years, then leasing is your best option. However, if you are planning on using the truck until the end of its useful life, purchasing outright may be your best bet. According to Terex Dump Trucks, the TA400 is designed with hydraulic systems with magnetic suction filters to guard against contamination and unscheduled maintenance, and the standard features of the engine and transmission retarder combinations to help reduce wear and tear on the braking systems. You can rely on your TA400 lasting for years to come, so how long you choose to use the truck depends on your business. Consult a trusted equipment finance and leasing provider like Meridian, as they will walk you through the details of each acquisition option to find the solution that best meets your needs.


When looking for construction equipment, it is important to consider the unique needs of your organization. The main purpose of equipment like trucks, lifts, and other heavy machinery is to help your business be as efficient as possible. The 2016 Terex TA400 Articulated Dump Truck is trusted by the equipment experts at Meridian due to the truck’s ability to enhance operations and increase efficiency. To get started in buying or renting a 2016 Terex TA400 Dump Truck, contact our construction equipment specialists today by phone at +1 (888) 684-3644 or email at