Types of Sideloaders

Sideloaders come in various types, primarily determined by factors such as power source, chassis size, load capacities, mast function, deck surface, and outreach capabilities. These specifications help create the ideal sideloader for specific tasks. At Baumann USA, we can guide you to the best sideloader for your business needs. Contact us for personalized advice, or read on to learn about the different types of sideloaders.

Power Source

The most common way to classify sideloaders is by their power source. Baumann USA offers models powered by diesel and electricity. In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards electric sideloaders, with orders now being 80% electric. Customers benefit from reduced servicing and fuel costs, along with lower noise levels and increased comfort. Both our electric ranges operate at 120 volts, ensuring greater efficiency and longer battery life.

Baumann Produces Two Types Of Electric Models:
ELX Series: Smaller with a lower chassis.
EGX Series: Larger with a higher chassis, featuring bigger wheels and more drive motors.

Chassis Size

Chassis size is crucial for determining the load capacity and the dimensions of the deck. Sideloaders are designed to carry loads securely on their decks, and the length and width of the deck depend on the chassis size. Various combinations are available to suit different load requirements and aisle widths.


Capacities & Mast Function

Baumann sideloaders are categorized by their load capacities:

6,600 to 13,000 lbs. capacity: Smallest chassis.
13,000 to 22,000 lbs. capacity: Medium chassis.
22,000 to 132,000 lbs. capacity: Large chassis with fixed or raising cabs.

Sideloaders also vary based on the function of the mast and forks. Some are designed for loads wider than the truck chassis, utilizing fixed spreader beams or extended carriages to support long loads safely.

Deck Surface

The deck surface can be made from reinforced composite deck boards, or checker plate (diamond plate or steel tread plate) for handling steel. Hardwood timber bearers or grooved metal/wooden bearers may be added for additional protection and load stability.


Outreach refers to the distance the mast and forks travel towards the load from the retracted position. It is essential to prevent forks from extending beyond the truck chassis when the mast is retracted. For additional reach, pantographs or telescopic forks can be used, especially for operations requiring double-deep racking or single-side wagon loading. 

Customized Options

Baumann USA offers numerous customization options, including turning cabins, extending decks, camera systems, and more, to handle any long load efficiently.

Ready to Find Your Sideloader?

Whether you need to move pipes, cement, or timber, Baumann USA can help you find the right sideloader. Contact us for expert advice.