“Swinglift® side loader,
under continuous development…”

“Swinglift® has a long history of continuous improvements dating back to the 1960s, resulting in leading the market with an innovative range of side loaders now available from Swinglift® today”

A decade has passed since the Swinglift product joined the Patchell catalogue of specialised equipment, including log transport trailers, food-grade stainless steel tankers, drop decks and skeletal trailers. But the long and successful Swinglift story goes back much further than that.

In 2005 Patchell Industries Ltd obtained the Intellectual Property for the manufacture of Swinglift® container side loaders from the original designer. The manufacturing of Swinglift® products was them moved to Rotorua, New Zealand.

Patchell Industries were able to apply production methods well proven on their log and container transport trailers, now building a wide range of Swinglift® side loaders in their Rotorua, New Zealand factories.

Swinglift Australia Pty Ltd was formed in 2007. Since its establishment, Australia wide Swinglift® has become the preferred container side loader choice for several large transport companies.

Since 2005 Swinglift® have continued to grow, with the benefit of now having an in-house design team, Swinglift® has a range of container handling/transportation solutions with superior stability and safety features.

Adding to the original HC4020 Swinglift model, we now offer solutions that include truck or trailer mounted, fixed 20’ model with added stability of the Leg-Over® design, a 3-arm Trilifter for light or empty containers, demountable options, double stacking and the Dual Carriage models with either the original Leg-Over® or Dagger leg option to provide customers with an alternative to competitor offerings.

The Patchell Group continue to make safety in operation the guiding factor of all its designs. The research and development work completed in-house applies across the range of equipment it manufactures.

An example of this is how Patchell’s in-house finite element analysis can result in greater inherent strength, without additional weight through the use of high-tensile steels during the fabrication process.

Swinglift has formed partnerships around the world to provide ongoing service and support.

Timeline

2016
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1968

1968
Rob Wynyard, a New Zealand engineer was the first to introduce the concept of container side loaders to Australasia.  The first truck mounted Swinglift® was manufactured for 10’ rail containers.  It was later modified to accommodate 15’ Sea Freighters.
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1976

1976
Development of the concept continued and in May 1976 the first road legal 20’ container side loader in Australasia was introduced. Truck mounted for 20’ containers with a lift capacity up to 20 Tonne the first of these units was noteworthy for the utilisation of New Zealand’s then newly introduced super single tyres on the front axles of a truck, and for being the first to comply with NZ road regulations for a 20’ container side loader.
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1990

1990
After a break from side loader design Wynyard’s penchant for innovation led to the release of the SL4020, the first 40’/20’ container side loader in Australasia and legal on New Zealand roads for 40’ containers. With a lift capacity up to 35 Tonne the notable features were the Swinglift™ side loader’s new Leg-Over stabilisers and hydraulic slide cylinders fitted for changing the crane lift module position on the chassis for 20’ or 40’ container cartage capability. This new Swinglift™ design which also complied with NZ road regulations effectively superseded the standard trombone side loader models that were at that time being produced by competitors, and which were proving very restrictive in 20’ and 40’ container cartage. While the first SL4020 model was built with a typical I-Beam chassis, it soon became apparent that tare weight and low maintenance slide systems were important factors for transport companies. The Lattice chassis was introduced which proved to be very robust and providing a low tare while retaining strength for heavy containers. The lift modules were mounted on chromed round bars that that formed the top chord of the chassis ensuring smooth transitions and accurate module placement. It has been proven that the slide bushes in the crane modules can last up to 15 years or more saving time and maintenance costs when compared against other designs.
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1992

1992
First Swinglift® delivered to an Australian customer – SPD in Adelaide. (This same Swinglift® was sold to a Fijian company in 2016).
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1994

1994
With the introduction of 9’6” High Cube containers it became apparent that all side loaders developed to date would be over height. This brought about the development of the HC4020 Swinglift™ and by using air suspension and low profile tyres a new low chassis height was achieved. The solution soon became an industry standard within the very strict New Zealand regulatory regime. The following years saw Wynyard looking after sales and marketing and ongoing design development, with manufacture undertaken by Howells Engineering in Tuakau for Swinglift™. The Swinglift™ brand became well known by NZ transport companies for quality and low tare/high payload solutions.
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2005

Swinglift® is purchased by Patchell Industries and manufacturing begins at Patchell's premises in Rotorua, New Zealand.
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2006

2006
First new Swinglift® container side loaders sold into the UAE with others following in subsequent years.
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2007

2007
Swinglift Australia Pty Ltd is formed with General Manager, Gordon Dyson based in Wollongong, NSW and Tony Ardouin returning from the UK to Brisbane to look after Sales in the region.
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2008

2008
Sale of first HC4020 Swinglift® into Durban, South Africa. First Swinglift® side loader produced in 1990 returned from the UAE to New Zealand for refurbishment after 18 years of service, further proving the long lasting benefits of the Swinglift® designed side loader.
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2009

2009
CE Mark attained complying with EU Directives. First Swinglift® delivered to New Caledonia.
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2010

2010
Palfinger Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd becomes distributor for Swinglift®. Following enquiries for a side loader to carry light or empty containers the Swinglift® 3-arm “Trilifter” is re-introduced to the market.
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2011

2011
HC20 Truck mounted Swinglift® redeveloped to utilise the Swinglift® Leg-Over Stabilisers, previously supplies as the SL20M with underslung stabilisers.
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2012

2012
Development of the Minilifter available to be fixed to a truck or as a demountable option.
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2013

2013
Megareach Swinglift® designed and delivered into the UK. First Dual Carriage Highlift Double Stack model developed. First unit delivered to South African customer.
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2016

2016
Introduction to New Zealand and Australian markets of the Dual Carriage Dagger Leg and Leg-Over Swinglift® models.