Sideloader Shipping Container Delivery
This method of delivery is best suited where there is limited space in front or behind where the container is to be located. The container is offloaded onto the ground on the drivers’ side of the vehicle. When the container is unloaded it lands between the two out rigger feet of the side loader, parallel to and approximately half a metre from the side of the truck.
The vehicle in these photos is designed specifically of 20’ containers, 40’ containers are delivered in the same method, but with a semi-trailer or articulated truck rather than a rigid body truck pictured.
There are several points that need to be considered when using this type of truck for delivery:
- The height of the container on the truck is 4.2m. You need to allow at least this height when going under powerlines/trees, eves of houses/factories or through doorways.
- Even though the container is 2.44m wide, the truck and mirrors etc. need an opening of at least 2.9m.
- The lifting arms need approx. 6.5m in height while unloading. This needs to be considered when unloading near / under powerlines, trees or inside factories.
- When the container is unloaded the distance from the end of the container to end of the truck is approx. 1m. This is due to the outrigger leg, lifting arm and controls. This is relevant if you wanted the container delivered into a corner position, it won’t be tight into the corner.
- The truck will need at least 3 to 4 metres clear space in front to drive away after unloading.
- The land where the truck parks to unload needs to be relatively level. If the site is sloping the truck can unload if parked across the slope but it is more difficult if the truck is positioned facing up or down the slope because as the container lifts off the tray it will swing on the lifting chains like a pendulum and collide with the lifting arms.
- Most transport companies don’t like to take their vehicles off road. If delivery is into an area where the ground isn’t sealed or compacted / hardstand, the driver will inspect the area and make a judgement whether or not to proceed. If the vehicle becomes bogged / stuck you will be liable for the recovery cost. So it’s a good idea to make sure you identify any soft or wet areas, old rubble drains, recently excavated / filled areas etc. then advise the driver of their location. Also have an alternate site to place the container in case the driver won’t go off the compacted surface.
- On occasions a sideloader can be used to position containers over low fences. To achieve this, the two outrigger feet of the sideloader need to protrude through the fence line. This means that some sections of fence may need to be removed.