Straddle Carrier 101:
General Material Handling
Straddle Carrier: Also known as Straddle Truck or Straddle Buggy
Definition 1. A self-propelled, non-road going vehicle that features a chassis positioned far above the ground. Chassis placement enables the vehicle to carry long and heavy loads beneath the chassis and between the wheels.
Definition 2. The straddle truck is a diesel or gasoline powered four-wheel vehicle designed to straddle, pick up and transport loads of long and heavy supplies. The straddle truck is used as an efficient conveyance for intra-station movement of palletized material at many supply activities. Straddle trucks offer a faster and more efficient method of moving unitized pallet loads over intermediate distances when compared to a tractor-trailer train.
The Advantages of a Straddle Carrier Over Forklift Machinery
Gerlinger Straddle Carriers are engineered with lift shoes that range from 8 ft. to 20+ ft. long. Carriers can move long, heavy loads in a far more narrow path by hauling the load under the belly.
This innovative design provides a number of advantages when compared to a fork lift hauling sideways loads.
- Stably support loads in excess of 60 ft. long under transport.
- Maneuver quickly within industrial facilities.
- Eliminate the need for counterbalance weights by straddling the loads, making the machine far lighter than traditional forklift machines.
- Centered load disperses the load weight efficiently to the machine's four wheels and decreases the ground contact pressure.
- Straddle Carriers can typically lift in excess of twice their own weight.
There are many industrial uses for choosing a straddle carrier machine, including:
- Transportation of pipe, billets, heat exchanger tube bundles, slabs, bundled or coiled materials.
- Movement of structures like bridge & tower construction, scaffolding & ladders, poles, drill casings, concrete forms, building framing and general structural materials.