What is the difference between a liftgate, tailgate & railgate

When it comes to shipping and logistics, it's important to know the different types of equipment and services available to get your goods where they need to go. One such service is liftgate, tailgate, and railgate delivery, which all refer to a method of loading and unloading freight onto a truck or trailer. Here's what you need to know about the differences between these types of gates:

  1. Liftgate

    A liftgate is a hydraulic platform on the rear of a truck or trailer that raises and lowers goods from the ground level to the truck bed. Liftgates are commonly used for deliveries to residential areas, retail stores, and other locations where there is no loading dock available. They are ideal for moving heavy items like furniture, appliances, and equipment.

  2. Tailgate

    A tailgate, also known as a tuckaway liftgate, is similar to a liftgate in that it allows for ground-level loading and unloading. However, a tailgate folds up and tucks away when not in use, making it a more space-efficient option for larger trailers. Tailgates are often used for local delivery routes and are popular with food and beverage distributors, as well as with companies that transport smaller items like boxes and packages.

  3. Railgate

    A railgate, also known as a level liftgate, is a type of liftgate that is specifically designed for loading and unloading from railroad cars. Railgates are able to move up and down to meet the height of the railcar, which makes it easier and more efficient to transfer goods between the truck and the train.

It's important to note that not all trucks or trailers come equipped with liftgates, tailgates, or railgates, so it's important to check with your shipping provider to see which options are available. At Moto, we offer a variety of delivery options, including liftgate, tailgate, and railgate services, to ensure that your shipment gets to its destination safely and efficiently.