A semi-trailer or semi-low loader trailer is a trailer without a front axle. A large proportion of a semi-low loader’s weight is supported by a tractor unit, or an adjustable front-axle assembly referred to as a dolly or the tail of another trailer. A semi-trailer is generally equipped with lowerable legs on the undercarriage to support it once it’s unconnected. Several semi-low loaders have wheels that are capable of being completely dismounted and are also repositionable (relocatable) to further distribute load to bearing wheel weight factors. Semi-low loaders are far more popular for transport than full trailers, that have each front and rear axles. The easy backing is referred to as one of the trailer’s main benefits. A road tractor connected to a semi-low loader is commonly referred to as an articulated lorry or “artic”.
In regards to road haulage, semi-low loaders hold sway over full loaders due to their flexibility. The trailers are often coupled and unconnected quickly, permitting them to be moved for loading and to be shunted between depots. Compared with a full trailer, a semi-low loader hooked up to a tractor unit is far less complicated to reverse, since it has just one turning position.
Chris Bennett (Heavy Haulage) Ltd have a wide range of low and semi-low loader trailers capable of being interchanged with our modern fleet of 6 x 4 and 8 x 4 tractor units. Our three, four and five axle semi-low loaders manufactured by Nooteboom, including step frames, power-steered and plant semis which are ideal for transporting plant and machinery, including excavators and dumpers and feature ramps for easy loading and offloading. We can also provide extendable semi-low loaders, providing capacity of up to 28 meters.
Our expert heavy haulage team will help and advise on the type of vehicle and trailer to move your load economically and efficiently. We can also provide a one-stop shop for and documentation and route planning required.
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I just wanted to email to express my gratitude for the fantastic service that you have provided us over the last couple of months, moving our loads from Ince to Sheffield. This has proven to be a smooth operation and your involvement has certainly enhanced the service, so again thank you. Alan and Andy you have both been so accommodating and you have both provided a great service.