Self-propelled Modular Transporters



Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) are platform vehicles with a large array of wheels and consist of different modules with 4,5,6 and 8 axle lines. Each module has its own engine and control steering system. These vehicles are ideal for transporting huge cargoes like large bridge sections, oil refining sections, motors and other objects that are too big for lorries or trucks. That’s why here at JB Rawcliffe & Sons Ltd, we are proud to offer SPMT hire – providing a solution for all your transportation problems.

We have 28 lines of self-propelled modular transporters available for the movement  of large and heavy cargoes, offering a capacity of over 1000 tonnes. Our self-propelled modular transporters are suitable for various trailer lengths and can be adapted to multiple width configurations – depending on load dimensions and the scale of projects – making them perfect for operation in stringent conditions. We also offer some SPMTs that feature a reduced height and compact design, making them easier to operate in confined spaces.

With modular construction, a self-propelled transporter can be coupled side to side and end to end, enabling it to carry a cargo of enormous size. Alternatively, remote units can be operated as a single transporter. The steering of these self-propelled modular transporters is controlled by electro-hydraulic motors.

Different from mechanical steering trailers, each modular unit is independently controlled and monitored by a multi-way computerised control system and can swing through 260° (+130°). With nine steering programs available, it goes without saying that a self-propelled modular transporter allows for excellent manoeuvrability. Some SPMTs come with a driver cabin for extra control but most can drive automatically – even without the tractor’s traction.

Why JB Rawcliffe?

If you’re looking for  SPMT hire, by choosing JB Rawcliffe you are guaranteed a professional service. We deliver an economical, flexible and reliable solution for all enquiries, so if you’d like to know more about SPMT hire and how it might suit your individual requirements, please get in contact with us via our contact page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) isn’t the same as a modular trailer. The SPMT is a platform vehicle that consists of a range of wheels that drive and turn independently and is often used on sites to transport heavy, bulky objects, such as industrial equipment.

The main differences between the two are the SPMT’s self contained and the modular trailer’s require a tractor unit.

Great for transporting civil constructions and petrochemical components, the self-propelled modular transporter is renowned for efficient on-site transportation. When it comes to loading oversized goods safely, in areas of restricted access, you cannot go wrong with a self-propelled modular transporter from JB Rawcliffe & Sons Ltd.

Used to transport the heaviest cargo, the SPMT is extremely useful for an array of industrial projects. Using a self-propelled modular trailer, you can remove or place new structures in just a few minutes or hours – depending on the complexity of your project.

Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) can carry the heaviest cargo on construction sites and shipyards. This includes large bridge sections, oil refining equipment, cranes, cars, and various other objects that are generally too big or heavy for standard haulage trucks.

But how do they work?

A standard SPMT comes with a power pack unit and has axles across and along. These axles are computer-controlled and placed side by side to form an axle line, distributing weight evenly and allowing you to steer accurately.

Unlike self-propelled transporters (SPTs), these are controlled and manipulated electro-hydraulically at each pendulum. This ultimately allows for more complex transport arrangements.

For more information about our SPMTs and how they work, don’t hesitate to talk to the team today. We’re always on hand to help and will be more than happy to answer your questions.

When it comes to finding a reputable transport company with an expensive fleet of systems, you’ll be hard-pushed to find better than the team at JB Rawcliffe.

We pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art equipment for clients across the length and breadth of the country – including our self-propelled modular transporters that are perfect for lifting and moving heavy loads.

Available in multiple width configurations, we can supply machinery to suit the scale of your project and your load dimensions, ensuring maximum safety and efficiency.

Another great thing about hiring a self-propelled modular transporter from JB Rawcliffe is that our friendly team guarantees a professional service, and we will always take into account your needs before offering a suitable solution.

To discuss your requirements with our specialists, or for more reasons why you should choose us for SPMT hire, call us on 01695 737 880. Alternatively, drop us an email at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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