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Walking Floor technology makes unloading easy

KEITH Walking Floor slats are available in a wide range of profiles and thicknesses to address different unloading needs.

No one wants a ‘one trick pony’ when it comes to choosing a trailer. Purchasing a trailer that can efficiently haul a variety of loads – from bulk to baled products – can double your profitability by backhauling.

Trailers with moving floors offer several advantages to operators over tipping trailers, including the ability to efficiently unload a wide range of products at nearly any location. The hydraulically driven unloading system features a series of floor slats that ‘walk’ material out the rear of the trailer. Trailers unload horizontally without the need to raise the trailer and eliminating the risk of tipping over or hitting overhead hazards with the tilted trailer bed.

Horizontal unloading not only prevents the trailer from toppling like a tipping trailer, but it also offers much needed flexibility in unloading locations. Trailers can discharge inside buildings, under trees and near utility cables.

According to Zyggy Reinoga of KEITH Walking Floor Australia, horizontal unloading also provides operators with flexibility in the loads they haul.

“Operators don’t make money on an empty trailer. With a Walking Floor trailer, you can load out bulk material like cattle feed or compost one way and bring back baled hay or palletised goods for the return trip,” he says.

Increasing fuel costs make maximising the most of trailers even more important these days.

“If you aren’t being paid for the ride back home, you’ve missed out on half the earning potential of your trailer,” Zyggy says.

For operators who need proper clean out before hauling the next load, KEITH offers its CleenSweep tarp system as an optional accessory to its Walking Floor unloader. Used in conjunction with the Walking Floor system, the CleenSweep tarp sweeps out the residual material as the trailer unloads. It eliminates brooms and manual tarps, reducing the risk associated with drivers entering the trailer.

“Keeping personnel out of the back of the trailer is always preferable,” Zyggy says. “The risk of being buried by material, falls and knee and back injuries are all increased when drivers are getting in and out of the trailers.”

The tarp is attached to a winch system, where it extends down the inside of the trailer. The load rests on the bottom of the tarp and as the Walking Floor system unloads the trailer, the weight of the material pulls the tarp along the floor cleaning it as it goes. Once the unloading is complete, the CleenSweep tarp is retracted with the push of a button.

Based on the product and situation, Walking Floor technology can offer various material handling solutions. As a result, KEITH Walking Floor has a long relationship with the transportation industry, with some operators using Walking Floor trailers since the early 1980s. “We are very familiar with the challenges faced by transport professionals and design our products not only for durability, but dependability as well,” Zyggy says.

The slats from KEITH Walking Floor are available in a wide range of profiles and thicknesses to address different applications and unloading needs. Whether you are transporting high moisture loads that require leakproof and leak resistant options, or abrasive materials such as asphalt, sand, scrap, glass or fly ash, or need backhauling options for bulk materials, pallets or bales, or simply need standard or high-impact flooring for top loading applications, KEITH Walking Floor has the right solution.

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