A walking floor trailer, also known as a ‘moving floor’ trailer, enables virtually any type of bulk material to be transported loosely and for it to be removed safely without the need for it to be ‘tipped’ out of the trailer, as with the more traditional bulk haulage trailer type.
Bulk material is loaded via the roof of the trailer and then covered prior to being transported. At the delivery location, the rear doors are opened and the load is gradually moved out of the trailer’s rear and onto the surrounding ground. The gradual movement of the load is made possible by the hydraulically controlled floor system’s ‘planks’ performing alternating shifting movements.
Depending on key elements of the specification, such as floor type and thickness, and body durability, walking floor trailers can be used to carry anything from grain food, biomass, household waste, commercial waste, green waste, wood, solid recovered fuels and even palletized goods or reels.
Walking floor trailers can be specified for use ‘on-road’ or ‘off-road’, with the latter providing additional durability to handle regular operation at landfill sites or on the more unorthodox ‘roads’.
Not only do walking floors provide health and safety benefits but can be extremely useful when it comes to tight spaces at the point of loading / unloading or where there is a lack of loading / unloading equipment present.
Key considerations when it comes to specification includes cubic volume, durability of floor, durability of body and chassis in general and additional features, such as ladder, roof type etc.
Walking floor trailers are manufactured by Legras, Knappen and BMI.
TIP offers walking floor trailers on a short-term rental or a long term lease basis from selected manufacturers.