Talking the talk – Hiab, Hotshot, Ad-hoc

Like all major haulage firms, there is a lot of language and vocabulary that is specific to our industry, to those unfamiliar it can be confusing, so we’ve written a short guide to help you understand a few of the more obscure terms, that are critical to our business.

One of Dyce Carrier’s trucks taking advantage of it’s fitted crane

What does Hiab mean?

Hiab is technically a brand name – Hydrauliska Industri AB. Since that is a bit of a mouthful, most people abbreviate it to simply Hiab. Founded in Sweden in 1944, it was founded by Eric Sundin, who created a way to use a truck’s engine to power hydraulic loader cranes. This provides an obvious advantage as it means that trucks can effectively load and unload themselves, provided the drivers are as skilled as the drivers we employ at Dyce Carriers!

Since 1944 the company has gone through many different acquisitions and name changes, and now the name Hiab enjoys the same sort of ubiquity and universal use as words like ‘hoover’ which are technically brand names but are used to describe the generic product, like “truck mounted crane” or “hydraulic loader”.

It should be noted that we at Dyce Carriers Ltd use Fassi Cranes, which are fitted to our vehicles at Macs Trucks.

At Dyce Carriers we have 4 self-load Hiab trucks, with cranes offering a 14-ton lift, which can make for a substantially easier, safer and less costly job.

What does Hotshot mean?

With our close ties to local industry, ‘hot shots’ are something that Dyce Carriers specialise in. In the simplest sense, ‘hot shot’ means transporting smaller and usually time critical loads to accessible locations. At Dyce Carrier’s this often takes the form of offshore equipment for the Oil and Gas sector.

The trucks used for hot shot work are generally of a smaller scale since time sensitivity is more important than carrying a heavy load.

At Dyce Carriers we offer 24/7 support to all our clients and can marshal the necessary resources to transport whatever cargo is urgently needed, at extremely short notice to unsure that the client’s needs are met.

What does Ad-hoc mean?

Ad-hoc is a Latin phrase, essentially meaning ‘when needed’. In haulage this means a one-off transportation of a particular cargo or goods. Whilst this can sound like a straightforward, move A to B, it can quickly get complicated when cargo can weight several tonnes and needs to be loaded and unloaded.

Clients often approach us at Dyce Carrier’s with these sort of haulage headaches, which we have significant expertise in solving and making simple.


This blog of course only covers the tip of the iceberg with regard to the wide variety of specialist words that we use as a leading haulage provider in Scotland. We offer a wide variety of different services for our clients, to find out more why not look through the rest of our website?

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