Zwagerman Transport invests in the latest, largest Nooteboom low loader

Netherlands-based trucking company, Zwagerman Transport, is taking delivery of the first 4+6 low loader combination from Nooteboom.

Noteboom has expanded its EURO-PX low loader program with a four-axle IC Interdolly Compact, combined with six steered pendle axle lines at the rear.

The combination specified for Zwagerman Transport has been optimised for German regulations: an axle load of 12 tonnes at 80km/h, so that loads of 100 tonnes can be transported efficiently in and out of Germany.

“The cranes and machinery that we transport are getting heavier all the time,” said Zwagerman Transport Director and owner, Cor Zwagerman.

“This new low loader is the largest that Nooteboom has ever put on the road. With a German exemption the load capacity is just over 100 tonnes and this enables us to enter a new segment of the market.

This Nooteboom 4+6 low-loader has several advantages for us. In order to adapt the low loader, as far as possible, to comply with the German regulations for exemptions, the axle distance has been increased to 1.51m instead of the usual 1.36m. In practice this means that due to this larger axle distance, which minimises the load on bridges and viaducts, the exemptions in the various federal states of Germany are easier to obtain.

Another advantage is the close coupling system which makes it easy for us to convert the trailer into a 10-axle semi low loader. In this configuration the load capacity increases to around 110 tonnes and the steering of the Interdolly can easily be adjusted to this shorter configuration.

The relationship between Nooteboom and Zwagerman goes back more than 50 years and this gave us enough confidence to award the order to Nooteboom,” he said.

Cor Zwagerman explained that all of the components, including the gooseneck, Interdolly, load dloor and axle assembly, are universally interchangeable with the 3+5 EURO-PX Nooteboom low-loader.

“This means we can put no less than 14 different configurations on the road and for us this is an economical and efficient alternative to modular trailers, which are complex and more expensive,” he said.

When purchasing the latest 4+6 Zwagerman opted for a flat, thin, 2750mm wide extendible floor as well as a narrow spine floor for the transport of large tracked vehicles. This spine floor also comes with bolsters to extend the load floor’s width, in a high or low position. The Interdolly with 4 axle lines is optionally equipped with a hydraulic landing leg which makes it even easier to couple/uncouple the load floor and the Interdolly. The gooseneck of the low-loader can be used on a four-axle or five-axle tractor.

“In our company several drivers must be able to operate a low loader,” said driver, Paul van Wijk. “This is no problem because the Nooteboom trailers are simple and intuitive to operate, especially in comparison with modular trailers and their complex operation. I drove the first Nooteboom low-loader with an Interdolly ten years ago. At first I did not see the advantage. In those days we had been working with a Jeepdolly for years. Initially I thought the smaller steering angle of the 1st generation Interdolly would be a disadvantage. But in practice this was not a problem and the new Interdolly now has a steering angle of up to 70 degrees. This makes the combination much more manoeuvrable than before and reversing is much easier than with a Jeepdolly.”

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