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The most popular and commonly used method for self-loading a container, Tilt Tray trucks are the ideal solution for most locations.


The truck is positioned in front of the container to be loaded. The tray is then tilted so that the back of the tray is at ground level. A winch rope is attached to the container using a sling or other means of attachment. The operator uses the hydraulic controls of the winch to draw the container on to the truck. When the container is completely supported by the tray of the truck the tray is returned to the flat position and the container is secured for transport by securing truck-mounted twist-lock pins to the corner fittings of the container.

In carrying out this operation there are several hazards present for the operator and people near the loading operation. In preserving the safety of the operator and others in the load area, it is important to follow the operators instructions as directed, and stay well clear of the loading zone. To determine if this format is right for you, please review the following guidelines and ensure your site complies:



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6m (20’) Tilt Tray Clearance Requirements

  • 4.8m – Height

  • 3.0m – Width

  • 18.0m – Length


12m (40’) Tilt Tray Clearance Requirements

  • 4.8m – Height

  • 3.0m – Width

  • 36.0m – Length

This video demonstrates the Tilt unloading of a 20ft shipping container by Reef Group

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