Why Sideloader (1)

A Sideloader, also known as a Sidelifter, self-loading trailer or swinglift offers a versatile and cost-effective way of loading, transporting and unloading containers and other cargo. It makes it possible for you to gain new business, customers and revenue in a market where container handling is constantly increasing.

A Sideloader can safely handle containers and other cargo from/to other trailers, trucks or trains, or directly on ground level, where they can safely and efficiently be packed or unpacked.

Mounted on a truck or trailer, the Sideloader can operate with minimal manpower and without any additional equipment, minimizing waiting time, planing and making it possible to deliver seamless, competitive service.

Basic Sideloader applications

Sideloader Groundlevel Handling

From/to ground lifting

A Hammar Sideloader can load/unload a shipping container or other cargo directly from/to the ground. Once the goods are on the ground the Sideloader can continue to the next job, and the container can be packed/unpacked in a safe and efficient manner.

Sideloader Transfer Handling

From/to another trailer or rail wagon

A Hammar Sideloader can transfer a container from/to a trailer, truck or rail wagon. This means it can serve as a mobile lifting device or as part of a convoy, loading/unloading other trailers or wagons. This also means the Sideloader can serve as an intermodal tool.

Sideloader Container Transport

Road transport

A Sideloader allows to safely lift a container and transport it by road in accordance with all regulations. No other equipment has the ability to both transport and lift with the same cost-efficiency and performance as a Hammar Sideloader.

Sideloader Stacking Handling

Stacking containers

A Sideloader can be equipped with a stacking function, which allows you to put a container on top of another placed on the ground. By double-stacking the customer can save valuable space. Containers stacked on top of each other also enable higher cargo security.

Main benefits

Competitive advantage
A Sideloader enables you to perform your job in a safe and efficient manner and allows a new form of service that can’t be provided by a truck and trailer. You can load/unload anywhere, anytime from the ground or from other trailers/trucks/wagons, without disturbing the customer or having to use third party equipment.

Quick turnaround
The Sideloader makes it possible to swiftly load and unload the container whenever and wherever you want. In 2-4 minutes, the job is done, and the driver can move on to the next task. Minimizing waiting time means higher efficiency and a possibility to increase the container flow.

Place container on the ground
The Sideloader can put the container on the ground so that the end-user is able to pack/unpack it at their own leisure. If there are no loading docks, the Sideloader will also enable safe and more efficient unpacking/packing of the container. A container placed on the ground can also serve as a flexible, temporary storage room.

Safe cargo, safe workplace
A Sideloader provides safe, leveled 2+2 point lifting, keeping the cargo safe and allowing you to handle hazardous, fragile or high-value goods. As both the lifting operation and transport are handled by a single person, the delivery procedure is as safe as it can get.

Not only containers
A Sideloader can lift many types of heavy cargo and provides an economical alternative to many specialized lifting cranes and systems. The high lifting capacity of a Sideloader can match a 100-120 tm crane. Low ground pressure makes the Sideloader more suitable for unprepared terrain and less susceptible to bad weather.

Always in demand
Suppliers who use Sideloaders become increasingly popular among customers. In a case of an economic down-turn Sideloaders are usually the last units to stand still.

Sideloader Main Benefits Harbor
Sidelifter Rail Wagon Transfer
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Sidelifter Transfer Operator (Medium)

A Sideloader offers one of the most efficient and versatile ways to load, unload and move containers and other heavy cargo. Lifting can take place anywhere that is convenient for the customer and with minimum manpower. Plus, with fewer people involved in the operation you ensure a safer workplace.

Hammar Sideloaders make work simpler, safer and more cost-effective for thousands of satisfied customers around the world. Today, we offer Sideloaders to meet the most varied container handling needs. Discover some of the applications areas here.

Examples of handling operations

ISO containers are by far the most common unit to handle with a Sideloader. However, there is a huge number of other applications for Sideloaders. Here you can find a few examples!

Sideloader Concrete Elements Handling

Pre-fabricated concrete

Use the Sideloader to transport pre-fabricated building parts to the building project site, such as walls, floors etc.

Sideloader Swap Bodies

Swap bodies

Can be handled with basic lifting equipment or with a top spreader when "over-sized".

Sideloader Wrecker Recovery

Vehicle recovery

Hammar Sideloaders can be used to pick up wrecked or crashed heavy vehicles, safely and efficiently.

Sidelifter Cable Drum

Cable drums

One vehicle for both lifting and transporting large heavy cable drums and , that is also faster and less sensetive to ground presure limitations and weather.

Sideloader Rig Loader

Drilling & Crane rigs

Lift, transfer or transport heavy drilling or crane rigs.

Sideloader Pipe Transport


Use the Hammarlift to transport the pipes for pipeline projects for various uses.

Sidelifter Mega Reach

Stacking containers

Equip your Hammar with stacking capacity. With the Hammar MegaReach extendable cranes you can even stack two containers in a 2nd row.

Sideloader Mobile Office

Temporary housing

Lift and transport temporary office buildings, for example for building projects.

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Industry applications

Our wide range of models and possibility to customize solutions means Hammar sideloaders have multiple applications within multiple industries.



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Hammar trade show programme 2019
We invite you to visit us at any of these popular trade shows during 2019!
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