Low loaders fulfil the dual purpose of carrying loads which are both heavier and taller than average, ensuring that a range of equipment and machinery can be transported safely and legally. These trailers can be coupled with standard truck cabs, but they feature a load deck that drops lower after the wheels so that the load bed can be much closer to the road surface. Low loaders can be purchased second-hand, but not before the buyer has checked up on the specifications, assessed which type of trailer is suitable for their needs and compared the various options to ensure that the equipment they need to transport can be accommodated.
Low loaders cross into several other trailer categories, with some models offering extendable frames that can be adjusted to allow for oversized machinery to ride on board. Models may also feature beavertail ramps at the rear, with pneumatic or hydraulic rams allowing this to be raised and lowered remotely for added convenience. Flip toe ramps are not out of the question for this type of trailer, while outriggers may be present, improving stability during loading and unloading. And with very heavy payloads destined for this type of trailer, it is crucial that operators are made aware of the features and benefits on offer.
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2001 | Low Loaders
STOCK No. 5303
KING GTL 60 TRI-AXLE LOW LOADER
2006 | Low Loaders
Cheiftain Draw Bar Low Loader 2006,
17000kg Gross, 57mm Hitch, On 215/17.5 Wheels, 26ft Bed Length, Years MOT, Sprung Ramps, Steel Suspension
£7250 + V.A.T
Trailer FAYMONVILLE Low Loader
2011 | Low Loaders
2011 Faymonville Multimax STN 3U Low Loader 13.9m Triaxle 56 tonne Outriggers 17.5in. Wheels SAF Axles Drum Brakes Single Flip Ramps Rear Steer.
Herbst Unknown 16
2015 | Low Loaders
- Twin Axle Draw Bar Low Loader Trailer
- ADR Axles c/w 215/75R17.5 Tyres
- Steel Suspension
- Gross Weight: 16000KG
- Unladen Weight: 3100KG
- Height: 2.20m
- Length: 8.60m
- Width: 2.52m
- Length Of Bed: 21Ft
TANDEM AXLE LOWLOADER
HYDRAULIC DETACHABLE NECK
ON STEEL SUSPENSION
Trailer KING LOW LOADER TRI AXLE TRAILER
2006 | Low Loaders
38 TON, DRUM BRAKES, AIR SUSPENSION, HYDRAULIC RAMPS, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT, VGC. REF H967 TRAILERS
Trailer ANDOVER Split Neck Low Loader Trailer 1991
1991 | Low Loaders
Knock Out Neck Low Loader Trailer, Air Suspension, BPW Axles, Drum Brakes, Outriggers, 9'6" Wide.
- STOCK NO. N349
Trailer Low Loader
1995 | Low Loaders
STOCK No. 5290
1995 RTS TRAILMASTER TRI-AXLE LOW LOADER TRAILER. SELF TRACKING REAR AXLE
Trailer Low Loaders
1989 | Low Loaders
STOCK No. 5283
1989 TRAILMASTER TRI-AXLE LOW LOADER TRAILER. DETACHABLE NECK. SLOPING BED WITH HEAVY DUTY WINCH.
Trailer Andover Tri Axle Low Loader
Andover Tri Axle Stepframe Low Loader Trailer, BPW Axles, Drum Brakes, Hydraulic Flip Toe Ramps, Heavy Duty Machinery Carrier Trailer, 12 ton Winch, Excellent Condition
Another element which requires inspection is the suspension. More affordable low loaders will be outfitted with steel springs, which do the job but may ultimately lead to more stress and strain being transferred to the frame of the trailer, resulting in additional wear and tear. Air suspension is preferable for smoother operation, better shock absorption and a greater degree of real-time adjustability, but it will make the trailer more expensive and could also be costlier to maintain. Some models even feature hydraulic suspension systems, with independent suspension and power steering being the most desirable set-up for larger trailers. No matter which approach is taken, it is necessary for used low loaders to be thoroughly checked over to ensure that the suspension is in good condition.
Many different types of equipment and machinery can be loaded on to this type of trailer, making them suitable for deployment in a variety of industries. From agricultural machines to excavators, bulldozers and other plant staples, even the smallest low loader trailers can accommodate payloads of six tonnes or more, ensuring that there is a good degree of flexibility afforded to users. A tri-axle set-up is normal for small and mid range models, while five- and six-axle models can also be found at the upper end of the market.
The weight borne by the trailer frame will be quite significant sometimes, so be sure to take into account its structural integrity when perusing second-hand models. Also check the coupling, hydraulics and any other controls that may need to be linked to the cab. At the end of the day, the type of equipment you need to transport should be used to help you identify the best second-hand low loader trailer for your needs.
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