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Everything You Need to Know About Liftgates

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Do you have a delivery coming that may require a liftgate? These mechanisms allow operators to transport heavy loads by attaching to the back of a truck and using a hydraulic or electric mechanism to raise the load to the truck body safely. These attachments along with other large-scale transport options such as used semi-trailers may seem intimidating, but with the right knowledge, they can be beneficial.

Our team at Mount Trailer Company has provided some key information that you should know before purchasing one of our liftgates in Portland, Oregon.

How It Works

Liftgates work by using hydraulic pressure inside a cylinder, which pushes a piston, allowing the device to raise and lower as needed. At Mount Trailer Company, we offer a wide variety of liftgates to fit every purpose. Options include flip away liftgates, tailgates, cantilevers, side loaders, slide aways, and conventional liftgates. Although all of these liftgates can be operated similarly, it is essential to do your research and find the right equipment for the size and weight of the load that you plan on moving.

Reasons to Use a Liftgate

  1. If you are receiving a large shipment that does not offer “liftgate at delivery,” this means that you will need to hire a liftgate service to move the load yourself.
  2. If you do not have access to a loading dock, you will need a liftgate or a forklift to lower the freight from the truck, dry-van or semi-trailer to the facility.
  3. If the units weigh over 150 pounds each, a hydraulic or electrical lowering mechanism is usually required. Our liftgates can carry up to 6,600 pounds!
  4. If you do not have a stable loading dock or raised surface to receive building materials on your construction site, a liftgate is an excellent alternative.
  5. If you are receiving a large-scale delivery such as furniture or home renovation materials to your residence, you will likely require a liftgate to deliver the load.

What to Expect from a Liftgate Service

A liftgate service operates in a similar fashion to any other delivery service. A trained crew will load and unload the freight onto the liftgate and safely transport the items to the specified location.

Whether you are in the market for used semi-trailers, brake parts, or liftgates, we offer affordable products from the largest national inventory. Contact us today to learn more!

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