Low loader hire and rent: A key part of our business

Out of the total fleet of over 600 HGV trailers, we have over a hundred low-loader trailers available to hire. The low loader hire fleet is based at our Bawtry yard in South Yorkshire, near the borders of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in the UK. Our customers come from all over the UK and Europe and can rent short term, just one day if that is all that is necessary, or rent them long term. The same trailer is often available to buy should the haulier, transport company or owner-driver decide it would be more cost effective to own it.

A Broshuis SL 2 Low Loader for hire from John Hudson Trailers.  Features independent suspension and an SL bogie that is lower than beam axles or pendular axles.
A Broshuis SL 2 Low-Loader.  Features independent suspension and an SL bogie that is lower than beam axles or pendular axles. 

Low loader hire and rent: The process of renting

For new customers the process of renting low loader and other HGV trailers from us is as follows:

  • Fill in an account application and direct debit mandate. Phone or email us and we will send you them.
  • We will run a credit check and then set you up with an account. This is usually done as soon as we receive your documents and should allow you to start hiring trailers from us on that same day.
  • Decide on the correct specification of trailer for your proposed load. Our fleet engineer and sales people can help you with this if required.
  • Check the availability of the trailer for the dates of your job.
  • All days of the week are chargeable for hire. Our hire rates are short (1-7 days), medium (8-28 days) and long (over 28 days).
  • You will be invoiced on the monday following the date the trailer is returned. At the end of the calendar month you will receive a statement and payment then taken via Direct Debit on the 18th of the following month.
  • The hire rate includes service, inspection, M.O.T, fair wear and tear (inc tyres).

Low loader hire and rent: Trailer definitions

‘Low Loader’ has become a generic phrase in the heavy goods vehicle industry to describe a whole variety of low deck trailers. A low loader trailer is also referred to as semi low-loader, step frame, plant trailer or machinery carrier. The stepped down deck and smaller wheels on these type of trailers provides a lower deck than a standard flat/platform trailer. This gives the option to drive vehicles directly onto the deck via attached hydraulic or detachable ramps. Standard flat/platform trailers have to be loaded via a loading platform or forklift or crane. These trailers are often called ‘low loaders’ as they are lower than the trailers a particular operator usually uses. But they are not the lowest. Oh no.

We use the term to describe the lowest possible trailers on our fleet that run only inches from the ground. These trailers have detachable necks (also know as removable necks) in order to let loads or heavy plant drive on at the lowest possible height. Low loaders also allow tall loads to be transported closer to the ground providing extra bridge clearance than other trailers.

Low loader (or lowloader) trailer is a name used for trailers with a main deck height lower than the height of the trailer’s rear wheels. The deck of a low loader trailer has two steps in it: one from the upper deck above the tractor unit’s fifth wheel, and one from the rear deck above the trailer’s wheels.

The lower decks of our three axle low loaders stand at 420mm and are good for up to a 50 tonne payload.

Picture of a Nooteboom 3 Axle Low Loader Plant / Machinery Carrier trailer for hire / rent from John Hudson Trailers Ltd.
A Nooteboom 3 Axle ‘Low Loader’ Plant/Machinery Carrier trailer. One of many low loaders for rent on our fleet.

We also run a number of two axle trailers whose lower deck stand at just 300mm and are good for a max 25 tonne payload.

The Faymonville MegaMAX low-bed semitrailer. A two axle that low loader for hire from John Hudson Trailers that can be equipped selectively with hydraulic or pneumatic suspension.
The Faymonville MegaMAX low-bed semitrailer. A two axle that low loader for hire that can be equipped selectively with hydraulic or pneumatic suspension.

Low loader hire and rent: Technical info

Low loaders tend to be built with twin beams and removable floor sections, to enable loads to sit between the beams.

Where the burden of a low loader trailer can be craned onto the trailer no practical problem is presented by the higher deck section over the rear wheels of the trailer. However, self-propelled machines cannot be driven onto the trailer, as they could be onto a flat or step frame trailer, using ramps. To overcome this problem, some low loader trailers are built with a detachable neck. The upper deck and neck of the low loader trailer can be unpinned and disconnected from the body of the trailer, driven away on the fifth wheel of the tractor unit. Self-propelled machines, such as road graders, combine harvesters, or cranes, can then be driven directly onto the lower deck of the low loader trailer.

A low loader trailer may or may not have the ability to extend in length.

On our fleet we have a variety of detachable neck low loaders and also have 2 and 3 Axle (7.5-13m) extending low loaders built to specification by Broshuis.

  • Full override hydraulic steering.
  • Extendable bed with deck height from 420mm.
  • Adjustable ride height lift and lower facility.

Options include:

  • Detachable neck
  • Extra 4m beams
  • Single or twin beam
  • Outriggers
  • Sidemarkers
  • Toolbox on upper deck

Low loader hire and rent: Examples on our current fleet

Broshuis extendable low loader
2020 Broshuis extendable low loader here at Bawtry and available for sale. It’s a tandem axle, wafer deck with a removable (knock out) neck
Broshuis 5 Axle semi low loader
Broshuis 5 Axle semi low loader for sale here at sunny Bawtry. She is a 2017 model, triple extendable and
Broshuis step frame extender low loader
Here is a 2015 Broshuis step frame extender low loader that is now for sale here at Bawtry. Full specification
Broshuis machinery plant carrier
We have 2016 Broshuis machinery plant carrier HGV three (3) axle semi-trailer with hydraulic ramps for sale here at Bawtry.
extending semi low loader
Extending semi low loader with power steering here at the yard in Bawtry - and she is for sale. It
Broshuis semi low loader
Broshuis semi low loader for sale here at sunny Bawtry. It's a triple axle, double extending, power steered step frame
Broshuis extendable low-loader
2019 Broshuis extendable low loader here at Bawtry and available for sale. It's a tandem axle, wafer deck with a
Broshuis 4 axle step extender
Broshuis 4 axle step extender for sale here at Bawtry.  The trailer is a power steered, double extending step frame.
Broshuis 3 Axle Low Loader
2017 Broshuis Extendible 3 axle low loader with knock out neck for sale from our Bawtry yard. Fully power steered,Gigant

Low loader hire and rent: Manufacturers represented on our fleet

The majority of the ‘proper’ low loaders on our hire and rental fleet are manufactured by Broshuis. The high quality of their manufacturing, technical innovation and ease of use make Broshuis low loaders a perfect choice for us. We also rent out (and sell, service, repair, refurbish and test….) low loaders from Doll, Faymonville and Nooteboom. All these companies also make plant and machinery carrier (semi low loader) HGV trailers along with Dennison, SDC and Montracon. Examples from of all these manufacturers of low loaders are represented on our expanding hire fleet.

John Hudson Trailers Ltd
– Specialist Low Loader Trailer Hire & Sales

We buy, sell and rent (short or long term) HGV semi low loader extendable and non-extending step frame, plant trailers, tractor, wing and truss carrier specialist trailers. These single, double or triple extendible trailers are also known as trombone, teletrailers, multitrailers or just extenders. We also have a large number of flatbed (flat, platform trailers), urban and curtain siders. 

The 600plus modern trailers on our fleet use a variety of technology. Examples being: multiple self steering axles, hydraulic double flip ramps, beaver tails, wafer decks, override steering, detachable necks and/or SL technology.

Our fleet is comprised of trailers manufactured by BroshuisDollMontraconFaymonvilleNooteboomSDC and others. As a result of the size, quality and variety of our fleet we are usually able to offer customers the correct trailers required for their particular road transport contracts even at short notice.

Furthermore we offer repairs, re-furbishment, HGV VOSA testing, breakdown assistance, sparesservice, test preparation, tachograph calibration and brake analysis for trucks, trailers, buses, tractor units, lorries and other PSV’s.

John Hudson Trailers Ltd is a family company who has been working in the HGV specialist transport industry since the 1950’s. The company is based in the UK at Bawtry in South Yorkshire.

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