Swinglift® Leg-Over® design offers greater stability with safety for container transfer

A Swinglift® container side loader is used for container transfer and consists of the Lift Modules or cranes which are fitted to a trailer chassis or to a subframe mounted on a truck.

The Swinglift® lift modules are constructed from quality and proven high tensile steel giving extreme strength.

They incorporate the outstanding wide reach stabilizer leg and jibs controlled by a hydraulic system powered either from an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), or from the tractors power take off system (PTO). The lift modules slide smoothly in or out for 20’; 40’ or 45’ positions.

The original HC4020 Swinglift® is an inline model (with lifting jibs and stabiliser leg inline), while the dual carriage side loader can be supplied with either Leg-Over or Dagger Leg stabilisers.

This combination makes Swinglift® container side loaders the best, safest and strongest side loaders available in the market.

Swinglift® offer two models of Chassis design. The original and unique Lattice chassis which is the industry preferred standard giving a very low tare weight while maintaining excellent strength. The other option is the I-Beam chassis which was introduced to provide their customers with an alternative chassis benchmark when comparing Swinglift® chassis with the alternative brand names of their competitors’ side loaders.

“Work in Restricted Spaces with our Leg-Over® stabiliser technology”

Container Transfer

Transferring to and from a Swinglift® side loader to a skeletal or flat-topped truck is straightforward.

When the stabilizers are extended there is ample room for a truck to back into position under the stabilizers for loading, or the stabilizers can be lowered after the skeletal or flat-topped trailer is in position alongside. Over 300mm clearance is available each side of the transferring trailer.

Faster turnaround time from start to finish than other side loaders.

Faster container transfer from trailer to trailer even when the Swinglift® side loader itself is loaded with a container.

Can transfer to a Quad axle trailer coupled to a four-axle tractor without having to jack knife the adjoining truck and Quad axle trailer.

The lift modules do not need to place their stabiliser legs on the adjoining trailer or rail wagon to obtain stability.

Swinglift® can handle containers up to 9’6” high.

Container transfer


The wide span of the stabilizer leg and outboard jib pivot provide fast, safe operation even under difficult conditions. Because of its high stability, the Swinglift® side loader is able to lift up to 40 tonne balanced containers under adverse conditions. Container transfer is quick and safe

The centre of the container mass is always at least 1 metre within the line of stabilizer support.

In other container side loaders the container mass passes outside the stabilizer support, making it less stable.

The unique Swinglift® “Leg-over”® design offers greater stability than other leg designs that extend downwards triangularly from the lift modules and which can act as fulcrum points that tend to tip a side loader over when handling heavy containers.

Swinglift® is the safest and lightest tare container side loader available in the market place regardless of whether lifting empty 20’ or heavy 40’ containers.

Container transfer - stability

My decision to buy a Swinglift was based on its superior tare weight, availability of local parts and service, and the ability to work with a family business that has a reputation for excellence in transport engineering.
I believe that if you say something, you deliver on that, so when my Swinglift was delivered earlier than the 8 weeks I was told, I was impressed.

The inline and leg over functions of the Swinglift allow me to move containers significantly quicker and safer than my other side loader. The performance really has exceeded my expectations.

Thanks to Don, Andrew and the Swinglift team for delivering a great product and service.

Farm Beach TransportTauranga

Powell Transport bought its first Swinglift® in 2002 and now own five HC4020 Swinglift® container side loaders..

The biggest factor in our decision to purchase Swinglift® products is due to the fact that the Swinglift® side loader can itself be loaded with a container, and still load or unload another container from the ground or another vehicle. This considerably cuts down time spent in the loading /unloading operation and is invaluable on a site with a number of containers that need to be moved or swapped over.
Safety because of the stability of the Swinglift® leg design, low maintenance and high payload due to the very low tare weight are other important factors to us.

Powell Transport
Pukekohe, New Zealand

Richie PowellManaging Director

Radio Control

Radio Remote Control is standard with all Swinglift® models.

The compact, easy to use, one hand operation of the handheld pushbutton remote control unit makes for a safe working environment for the operator.

The control system allows movement of both lift modules with a single button operation with two levels of depression with fast speed for quick operation or slow speed for precise and accurate positioning of containers.

Also available is a fully proportional control system with a handheld toggle operated remote control unit which enables the operator to directly control the speed and direction of the crane movement.

Container transfer - remote

Working in Restricted Spaces

Swinglifts original Leg Over stabiliser has been specifically designed and proven for over 30 years against failure during the operation of loading or unloading of heavy containers in tight spaces such as placing containers against a wall.

Container transfer - restricted spaces

Increased Payload

The HC4020 Swinglift® has the greatest payload capacity. The light, well-engineered ultra-high-tensile lift modules and chassis result in an exceptionally low tare weight well below tare of other side loaders.

Advantages of the Swinglift® low tare weight are payloads well above those of other side loaders.

Container transfer - increased payload