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When to Use a Steerable Dolly for Transport

William Thomas

William Thomas

Senior Logistics Manager

What is a Steerable Dolly in Heavy Hauling

Steerable dollies are special trailers equipped with self-contained steering mechanisms. The self-contained steering system includes a hydraulic flanked by the steered axles and the central turntable. This makes it easier for the trailer to reduce off-tracking when cornering significantly. All steerable dollies are equipped with an override which gives the driver the maximum steering control. Manual control is mostly used during extreme cornering situations. Most times, the dollies are left on self-steer as they can seamlessly steer the trailers helping it maneuver most turns safely and efficiently. The dolly's main turntable can turn up to 110 degrees or more. This means incredible flexibility when the trailer is maneuvering a narrow intersection that might need to dolly perpendicular to the load. Most steerable dollies are equipped with the following features for enhanced steering capabilities:

Most times, the dollies are left on self-steer as they can seamlessly steer the trailers helping it maneuver most turns safely and efficiently.

A Strong Swivel Top

Here is the key to a steerable dolly. It makes it easy for the operator to pull the load at a specific angle and efficiently change its direction. As the top of your front dolly rotates, it also swivels your load in your desired direction. In fact, you can find steerable dollies equipped with bearing designed for super loads weighing up to 20 tons, with some models allowing up to 90 degrees steering angle.

A Long Ergonomic Handle

Steering bellies are equipped with a long, ergonomic handle that is functional and comfortable to use. The arm helps you transport even larger, heavier, and cumbersome loads. The handle offers maximum control to the operator when pulling and steering the shipment. This is especially crucial when maneuvering across sloped and uneven grounds.

A Great Roller Design

The best steerable dollies feature polyurethane wheels which offer maximum protection to your floors preventing marks and gouges. They also facilitate a smooth and easy movement, making them excellent options when shipping sensitive equipment with adjustments and calibration concerns.

Steerable Dollies Can Have Front or Rear Arrangements

Both of which have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, front steers are more stable when shipping shorter loads, are equipped with intuitive steering controls, and are equipped with a tow bar in the front. Unfortunately, they have a higher loading height. On the other hand, lower steers have a lower loading height but cannot crowd infrastructure and then turn away sharply as the axles tend to steer towards the building.

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