PLATFORM SEMI-TRAILERS : SPECIFICATIONS AND PARAMETERS.
The platform semi-trailer is a type of open-body semi-trailers, which constitutes a cargo platform without a roof or side boards. It can have, on average, from two to eight axles, with one or several being retractable, which reduces tire wear at empty running. In the front part, there is a support platform with a pivot designed to concatenate with the fifth wheel mechanism of the tractor, and, as a rule, extensible jack pads for maintaining the horizontal position when parked separate from the tractor.
The main purpose of the platform semi-trailers is transportation of various oversized and especially heavy cargo (e.g., counterweights for cranes, construction equipment, industrial equipment, etc.), which is made easier by the absence of side boards and the reinforced frame and platform design. A specific type of these semi-trailers is a low loader (trawl) and a car transport platform for transportation of trucks, buses, and construction equipment.
Additional equipment of platform semi-trailers includes different loading mechanisms, which allows to carry out loading and unloading operations without additional equipment (including crane arms, sliding or hinged ramps, hydraulic lifting platforms), and various systems of cargo securing.
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