Sideloaders are used in a wide range of industries, from automobile and industrial manufacturing to timber and construction.

Before purchasing a sideloader for your business, there are plenty of factors to consider. In this blog, we are going to share our expert advice on how to choose the right sideloader.

Electric VS Diesel Sideloaders

One of the first factors to consider when choosing a sideloader is whether you require a sideloader powered by electricity or a sideloader powered by diesel. There is a range of electric models and diesel models, each with its own benefits and features.

If running costs are a worry for you, then an electric sideloader may be the best option. Electric sideloaders offer zero emissions and offer a better operator environment thanks to reduced noise pollution. They are also cheaper to run and maintain.

Baumann offers a selection of 80v electric sideloaders, which have a capacity of 3-5 tonnes and are capable of working in demanding applications.

But it is the innovative 120v electric sideloaders that offer the most benefits. An improvement on the 80v electric models, the 120v sideloaders offer a lighter system that maximises power efficiency and has impressive energy-saving features.

They also feature components designed specifically for heavy-duty use, cumulating in longer battery lives, increased shift working times and fuel-saving results. The EGX Range of 120v sideloaders has a capacity of up to 8 tonnes.

But if you need a sideloader that can handle serious weight, then diesel may be the best option for you. Diesel sideloaders offer the highest levels of durability and control in the market.

Build to withstand all weathers, they are ideal for outdoor projects. Plus, they offer an exceptional capacity of up to 50 tonnes without compromising on speed or efficiency!


Whether or not your sideloader is reliable will depend on the manufacturer and/or supplier you purchase it from. You should always opt for a manufacturer or supplier that has the experience, a positive reputation and excellent maintenance service.

Here at Baumann, we are one of the world’s largest producers of diesel and electric sideloaders; ranging from 3 to 50 ton capacity. Established in 1969, Baumann has manufactured and supplied sideloaders for more than 50 years!

Check out which sideloaders we have in stock in the UK here. Alternatively, our trusted partners include a range of world-class manufacturers, dealers and varied companies with unique handling requirements. Find your nearest dealer here.

We offer a range of both new and refurbished electrical and diesel sideloaders, each with a high level of design and productivity.

Plus, our online maintenance system allows our partners and dealers to keep their equipment serviced and fully functioning. It enables Baumann customers and partners to order and track replacement parts, download manuals and carry out warranty procedures.

Capacity & Use

Do you require a sideloader for outdoor projects or indoor projects? Perhaps you require the flexibility of a sideloader that works seamlessly indoors and outdoors, even in harsh weather conditions.

What is the average load weight? Will a 5-8 tonne sideloader fit the bill or do you need something with a much larger capacity? What type of materials are you moving?

Before purchasing a sideloader, you need to consider exactly what it will be used for. This will help you decide on which capacity is right for your business. The Baumann team or the sideloader experts at your local Baumann dealership will also be able to recommend the best sideloader for your business and projects.

Price & Additional Costs

The price of sideloaders varies significantly depending on the type of sideloader you choose. Used and refurbished sideloaders will obviously be cheaper than brand new sideloaders. And there will be a difference in the cost of electrical sideloaders compared to diesel.

Before beginning your search for your next sideloader, you should have a budget in mind.

On top of the purchasing costs, there are several additional costs to think about when buying any type of plant machinery. This includes but is not limited to insurance costs, running costs, maintenance costs and repairs.

You may also have to incorporate training costs into your budget for employees not yet licenced to drive sideloaders.

Delivery Time

If you have an upcoming project and need a sideloader for a specific date, the delivery time will be an important factor to consider.

Your local dealer will be able to provide an estimated delivery time, which can range depending on the type of sideloader you are purchasing/hiring. Baumann has dedicated and trusted partners all over the world, including ten dealers in the UK alone.

When hiring or renting a sideloader, the delivery time is often shorter than if you were to purchase a sideloader.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about Baumann’s range of sideloaders or our current stock, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. Or if you are looking for a new or used sideloader, find a trusted dealer here.

Baumann is a world-class manufacturer with a reputation for consistent innovation that spans more than 5 decades