Plant trailers: What are the benefits?

By Tiana Bradshaw | Published on September 3, 2020 | 3 min read

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From carrying goods, to transportation of equipment, there are many reasons for owning a trailer. The key to safely and effectively towing is knowing what kind of trailer will suit your needs. If you operate plant machinery, the most obvious choice would be to purchase a plant trailer. However, you may wonder what the benefits are of plant trailers, compared to other models? We hope this will help you find out.

But first off, what actually is a plant trailer?

Plant trailers are specifically designed to transport construction plant and machinery. These include mini diggers, skidsters, dumpers and rollers. They typically consist of robust and durable designs, incorporating built in mudguards (acting as steps when accessing the load) and longer drawbars.  Normally, plant trailers have a ramp at the rear to allow ease of loading your equipment. This provides extra security, to help you keep it in place. Generally, they are the trailer of choice for utility contractors and groundworkers, plant hire companies, builders, and landscapers.

What are the benefits of a plant trailer over other models?

They can withstand heavy loads

A trailer is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Trailers are built to different size and weight limit specifications, with varying designs and materials. A plant trailer is a specialised solution, perfect for transporting plant machinery. Due to their ability to withstand heavy loads, a plant trailer can comfortably transport machinery from site to site. Plant trailers also incorporate additional cross members to support higher point loads from machines such as rollers.

They have many safety features

The safety and security of your equipment and those travelling on the road with you is paramount. This is why a specially designed plant trailer is the perfect solution, particularly when the goal is to transport heavy plant machinery from place to place. Our plant trailers have a robust construction and are made from durable, quality materials such as heavy-duty axles with SFL bearings, 5 stud wheels, fully galvanised chassis, and built-in mudguards.

They can pull a heavy weight

The amount you can tow depends on your license. It is also dependent upon the vehicle and trailer you’re towing. If you have Category B on your license, you are able to tow a trailer of up to 750kg of MAM (or maximum authorised mass). It also allows you to tow a trailer where the vehicle and trailer do not make up more than 3500 kg.

Importance of specialisation

Plant machinery is notoriously difficult to transport. Not only is the equipment heavy, but it is also large, with the tendency to be larger lengthwise than width-wise. This makes them dangerous to transport if not done properly. Plant trailers are designed to do the job with ease.

Load security

It is important to ensure that you secure your load when travelling.  Make sure you have sufficient tie-down points around the trailer.  Even better, you can use a strapless device to secure your mini digger. Making sure your buckets are stored safely whilst travelling is a challenge, but a bucket locker can help with this.

Our team of experts are on hand to advise whenever you need us. Just contact or give us a call on 01206 589550.