The Advantages of Tailgate Lifts In Scully’s Fleet

At Scully RSV, we’ve been in the business of refrigerated transport – including utes, trucks, and trailers – for over thirty years. In this time, we’ve come to understand what makes a great truck when it comes to refrigerated transport. At the core of our business is, of course, top-notch refrigeration technology, but there are other aspects of our trucks that we pay close attention to. This includes, of course, tailgate lifts for our trucks of all sizes. These crucial truck add-ons make loading and unloading of goods much easier and safer.

Tailgate Lift Types

There are three types of tailgate lifts: cantilevers, tuck-aways and sliders. Designed to move weights based on truck size and individual lifting requirements, the type of tailgate lift you need will vary depending on what you’re transporting.

Cantilever Tailgate Lifts

A cantilever tailgate lift is a type of hydraulic lift mechanism commonly used on trucks for loading and unloading cargo. Unlike traditional tailgate lifts that fold down directly from the rear of the vehicle, a cantilever tailgate lift extends horizontally from the rear of the vehicle, almost like a diving board.

Cantilever tailgate lifts are a good choice for a variety of reasons. This includes an extended reach, enhanced manoeuvrability, better optimised cargo space, and improved safety for the user.

Tuck-Away Tailgate Lifts

A tuck-away tailgate lift is another type of hydraulic lift mechanism commonly used on trucks for cargo handling. Unlike cantilever tailgate lifts that extend horizontally, tuck-away tailgate lifts are designed to fold and stow neatly beneath the rear of the vehicle when not in use. This leads to decreased drag when driving, as well as other benefits such as space efficiency, more versatile loading options, ease of use, and increased safety.

Slider Tailgate Lifts

Lastly, we have slider tailgate lifts. Also known as slide-away tailgate lifts, these also rely on a hydraulic lift mechanism. Slider tailgate lifts are designed to slide horizontally in and out from underneath the rear of the vehicle. This horizontal movement feature provides added convenience when positioning the lift for loading and unloading, as well as ease of access, reduced physical strain for the user, space optimisation, and ease of use.

Why We Use Tailgate Lifts In Our Fleet Of Vehicles For Hire

Liftgate trucks – also known as tailgate trucks – are engineered to simplify the loading and unloading of goods, which is what we designed our fleet of trucks for hire around. Their hydraulic lift gates can lift heavy cargo with ease, providing a level platform that simplifies the movement of items on and off the vehicle.

Scully Truck 12 pallet with tailgate

At Scully RSV, we employ the use of tailgate lifts for a number of reasons, the first being efficient loading and unloading. Tailgate trucks and lifts eliminate the need for manual lifting, reducing the risk of injuries and strain on workers. When you workers are more comfortable, this translates into faster turnaround times and improved productivity.

Tailgate lifts are also suitable for a wide range of applications and are commonly used in the delivery of food, beverages, produce and meat. . This makes them a versatile choice for businesses with diverse refrigerated transport needs.

Lastly, they grant a great level of accessibility. The lift gates on our trucks ensure that cargo can be easily accessed and manoeuvred, even in tight spaces. This accessibility is especially advantageous in urban environments where space is limited.

Hiring vs. Buying Tailgate Trucks

While the advantages of tailgate trucks are quite clear, the question of whether to buy or hire one for your business remains a personal choice. Some of the reasons are customers hire vs buy their tailgate truck are outlined below.

Cost-Efficiency and Flexibility

Purchasing a tailgate truck involves a significant upfront investment – not to mention ongoing expenses for maintenance, insurance, and registration. Renting, on the other hand, offers a predictable and often lower monthly cost without the capital expense of ownership.

Plus, as business needs can change rapidly, owning a tailgate truck may limit your flexibility in the fleet you manage. With rentals, you can adapt your fleet to meet fluctuating demands. Whether you need an additional truck during peak seasons or wish to scale back during slower periods, rental options provide the agility you require.

Maintenance And Upkeep

Owning a tailgate lift truck means taking on the responsibility of maintenance and repairs. At Scully RSV, we ensure that our trucks are well-maintained and up to date with the latest technology and safety solution, saving you the time and effort required for upkeep.

Access To Specialised Equipment

Tailgate trucks come in various sizes and capacities. By renting from Scully RSV, you have the freedom to select the specific truck that best matches your current job requirements, without the constraints of owning a fixed-size vehicle. Plus, you’ll benefit from our state-of-the-art refrigeration systems.
Does your business need a truck equipped with a tailgate lift? Call Scully RSV on 1800 728 559, and talk to our team of professionals today.

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