Straddle carriers are devices used to pick-and-place ISO standard containers. This heavyweight material handling vehicle uses a vertical lift and container spreader to elevate fully-loaded containers up to 40 feet. Straddle carriers position themselves over top of their cargo, centering the load between tall supports mounted on four to ten wheels. The controls and operator cab are located atop the carrier. Once the cargo is hoisted the carrier can stack ISO containers up to four high for storage, or they can mount the container on a truck or rail bed. Straddle carriers are restricted to container terminals, such as ports and intermodal yards, and they work best for loading flatbed trucks and railcars.
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