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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Trailer Low Loader LOHR COMMERCIAL CARRIER
LOHR COMMERCIAL CARRIER CARRY TRUCKS TRACTOR UNITS IDEAL VANS TRI-AXLE FITTED OWN POWER PACK ANY TRACTOR UNIT WILL WORK CAN SUPPLY 2011 MAN SUPER SPACE LOW MILEAGE12 MONTHS TEST
Trailer Kassbohrer 4 Axle Fixed Deck Low Loader
Long hydraulic flip toe ramps, with hydraulic side shift
Front axle lift
External Length 13.19 metres
1,250mm Fifth wheel height
Ali gooseneck ramps
Side extension brackets
Lashing rings throughout
Warning extension plates
Trailer Low Loader tri-axle machinery carrier
1999 | Low Loaders | 44000kg
1999 Crane Fruehauf tri-axle machinery carrier.
Drum brakes, tuck-away ramps, Mot March 2018
Re-furbished recently, good tyres all round.
MAN F90 25-284
2000 | Low Loaders
Year 2000 MAN 6 by 2 Beaver tail with flip tow ramps,
complete with pump -
unfinished project, all new tyres
For further information please call (00353) 069 62648 / (00353) 087 8275575
2004 | Low Loaders
2004 Montracon Step frame Tri-Axle Low loader
39 ton gross
Raise/ lower air suspension
Hydraulic ramps six lashing points either side.
can comfortably carry 20 ton.
Perfect for multiple small plant moves.
will carry an 8 wheel rigid on the main bed or two double drive/ mid lift units.
Tested until November 17
13' 8" neck
30' 3" main bed
all round tidy trailer
2017 | Low Loaders
Brand New Low Loader, Air-assist top deck ramp, Flip-toe Rear Ramps, Side Shift, BPW Axles, Drum Brakes
1990 | Low Loaders
STOCK NO 5320
1990 ANDOVER TRI-AXLE LOW LOADER TRAILER
Trailer King Drop Neck Lowloader
King Tandem Axle Low Loader, Hydraulic Removable Neck, Springs Suspension, Lister Engine
Trailer Kassbohrer 3 Axle Extendable Low Loader
Fifth wheel height - 1,250mm
External Length - 13,190mm
Platform extension length - 6,000mm
Extension locks - Every 500mm
Tare weight - 12,070kgs
Width 2,550mm + 600mm Side extensions
Gross vehicle weight - Technical - (@60 km/hr) 52,800kgs
SAF Axles - 2 fixed, 1 self steer
1st Axle lift
Wabco braking system
Spare wheel & tyre
45mm Hardwood floor
Long hydraulic ramps with
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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