A Hopper trailer is generally used in agricultural applications as part of the equipment needed to complete a harvest. Typically used to haul bulk commodity products like grain; it may also be used to haul items like sand or dirt. Hoppers typically feature a tarp on the top to protect the load during transportation and dual hoppers for ease of emptying contents.
FLATBEDS & STEPDECKS
Flatbed and Stepdeck trailers are essentially platform semi-trailers with no sides or top. They transport to job sites what a typical semi cannot: heavy equipment like front end loaders for example, heavy concrete pieces or steel girders used in construction, or any heavy loads that cannot be easily put in or unloaded from a typical semi-trailer. The advantage of a Stepdeck is the ability on the lower deck to haul taller loads.
The Low Boy trailer is, as the name suggests, very low to the ground making it the ideal trailer for shipping oversized items that may exceed normal shipping height requirements. Designed with a deck that has two drops (one behind the gooseneck and a second drop right before the wheels), it is ideally suited and commonly used to haul very heavy, oversized equipment needed in the agricultural and constructions industries. Items liked excavators and bulldozers are shipped all over the country on Low Boys.
A Dolly Trailer is basically a converter, coupling device, usually with one or two axles which allows the hook up of a semi-trailer to the back of a tractor trailer combination resulting in what is known as a double bottom rig. This is a great saving in efficiency and manpower.
END DUMP TRAILERS
End Dump Trailers as the name implies are designed to dump loads from the back of the trailer. They typically have high sides for better yard capacity and a good ability to maneuver and unload in tight spaces. Typical applications include road and building construction as well as snow removal.
SIDE DUMP TRAILERS
Side Dump Trailers offer the unique feature of being able to dump loads from the side of the trailer. They are the trailer of choice for road and levee construction, excavation and pit mining. The side dump advantage is that it will deposit a row of material in a specified area as opposed to dumping it all in one place.