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Tail lift

A tail lift is useful when transporting heavy or bulky items. The tail lift operates on hydraulics and enables you to lower tail at the rear of the van to floor level and raise to the level of the vans load area. Generally, tail lifts are only available on our larger vans.


At the rear of a pickup, dropside or tipper van or truck, the load area will be enclosed by a vertical panel. This is the tailgate. Most tailgates are hinged at the bottom to allow them to open outwards and provide flat access to the load area.

On tippers, the tailgates are hinged at the top and can be unfastened at the bottom. This means that when tipping, the tailgate swings away from the load area, allowing the load to slide out underneath the tailgate, onto the ground.


A tipper is a van or truck with a load area that can be mechanically raised up at an angle to allow the load (usually sand, gravel, etc) to be "tipped" out onto the ground behind the vehicle, thus saving it being unloaded by hand.


The gearing system of our vans (Manual, Automatic or Semi-Automatic).

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