Martin van den Bos is the owner and driver of W.M. van den Bos B.V. This transport company, which has nine trailers and three tractor units, usually works with a permanent team of self-employed persons without personnel. Special transports are Martin van den Bos's passion, which is reflected in eve
44 tonnes that has already travelled around the world. This sheet rolling mill for the steel industry has been shipped by vessel from China to the Botlek Terminal in Rotterdam. Martin van den Bos was waiting at the terminal with his new 4-axle SL-AIR and new tractor unit, ready to transport the roller mill to Duisburg, Germany.
Martin van den Bos is the owner and driver of W.M. van den Bos B.V. This transport company, which has nine trailers and three tractor units, usually works with a permanent team of self-employed persons without personnel. Special transports are Martin van den Bos's passion, which is reflected in everything about his company. The combination is spotlessly clean, and his pride is evident in his face.
The 44-tonne roller mill poses a great challenge, as it is difficult to distribute its weight. The load has a small base, but is very heavy. The high, narrow beam of the SL-AIR is extremely rigid, as a result of which the chassis can readily absorb the weight of loads of this nature and the load bed and gooseneck both remain completely flat. In the near future the company will transport a roller mill that weighs no less than 48 tonnes – and that won't be a problem either.
The load is secured safely and quickly with modern, certified straps. Nowadays this is a requirement imposed by both the clients and authorities – and is certainly also required by the haulier and the manufacturer.
Martin van den Bos says that “The auxiliary steering is ideal in tight spaces. We benefited greatly from the steering when we loaded a Sennebogen S3300 crane body weighing 39.5 tonnes in the centre of Delft. We had to reverse at an angle, come under the crane and then turn out with the load. The auxiliary steering was excellent. We also benefited from the low load bed (820 mm), which ensured that the load remained under the overall height of 4 metres.”
“The remote control makes it easy to switch between rigid and steered mode, which is extremely useful when manoeuvring in tight spaces and taking sharp bends. It gives you much more control over the steering behaviour of this self-tracking semi trailer,” Martin van den Bos explains.
“The SL-AIR is not only low, but also offers the benefit of a high net payload whilst it has just 4 axles. This is also the reason why I selected the SL-AIR, as I also wish to use it for smaller, lighter loads. The SL-AIR is flexible, and not so unwieldy.” Martin van den Bos can make flexible use of his SL-AIR because of the ease of working with four axles whilst also benefiting from the advantages usually offered by multiple axle trailers, such as the payload capacity, steering angle and load bed height.