Side Loader Trailer Review in Nigeria
A standard side loader is also able to stack a container at a two containers’ height on the ground. If the side loader chassis is of 40′ length or more, the cranes of the side loader can be shifted hydraulically along the side loader chassis to be able to pick up either one 20′, one 40′, or two 20′ ISO containers at a time.
How does the side loader load the container onto the trailer?
The driver positions the trailer next to the container. The power to the side loader is provided by the PTO or power take off.
The cranes extend and place outriggers either side of the container to prevent the trailer from tipping. Once the outriggers are fully extended, the driver is ready to connect the chains.
This leg is fully extended. There is a danger area for the lift zone marked on the leg, the chains are connected to the bottom corners of the container using the fixings. Once the lifting starts, it’s important that the driver stays well clear of the lifting zone.
As containers come in different lengths and weights, the cranes can slide along the trailer chassis to move to the best location for lifting, and so that they place the container in the optimum position for the best weight distribution.
Two short containers can be lifted together, end-to-end, with the right fittings.
Side loaders are useful when there are narrow aisles between container stacks or where there’s not much room in front of or behind the container.
Using a side loader, a driver can load or unload a container in less than five minutes, meaning they don’t have to wait for a crane, forklift or straddle carrier. This also means that only one person is involved in the lift, leading to improved safety factors.
Some models can also load a container onto another adjacent truck or rail wagon, or can stack one container on top of another that is at ground level.
Depending on the model, side loaders can also lift other types of loads that can be correctly slung using the chains, such as prefabricated concrete, swap bodies, vehicles, tanks, pipes, cable drums and heavy machinery. Some applications might require additional attachments such as a spreader bar.
As the weight of the load is taken through the truck’s wheels, side loaders are versatile in situations that other machinery might struggle in.
Benefits of Side Loaders
A business doesn’t have to have expensive lifting equipment such as cranes to load and unload the container. Without a side loader, you need a reach stacker, container handler, crane or forklift to load the container onto the trailer
One operator can load and unload, meaning lower staffing costs and less waiting.
The container can be left where it’s convenient for the customer to pack or unpack it; this may eliminate the need to forklifts and pallet jacks in some cases
The turnaround time for loading and unloading is very quick, increasing the potential number of deliveries that can be made in a day
Shipping containers are a cheap form of storage and can be used when warehouse space is at a premium. A side loader allows for moving these around at will.
Side loader maintenance is relatively straightforward.
Side loaders are good for handling sensitive or fragile loads.
Side loaders can also be installed on trucks, not just trailers