Getting axle weight right

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  1. Bdog

    Bdog Road Train Member

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    I hauled this about 350 miles across two states today.


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    The machine is as far forward as it can be with the blade fully angled in order to make it is narrow as possible. As pictured it was 10’ wide. If I straighten the blade I think I could move the machine two feet forward at the expense of being roughly 11’ wide.

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    The dozer per the specs weighs around 38k. Do you think moving it forward two feet will be enough to get 3,200 lbs of the tandems?
     
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  3. beastr123

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    Lift the blade, put it up on the neck with the pivot point just on the neck and you would have been legal on all axles. Put a hardwood block under the forward edge and another under the blade pivot point to protect the deck.
     
  4. Bdog

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    That would be moving forward about five feet. Do you think it needs that much to shift the 3,200 lb?
     
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  5. D.Tibbitt

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    If theres no scales just send it
     
  6. Bdog

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    That’s what I did to get it home but the dozer is mine now and I will be hauling it on a somewhat regular basis so I need to figure this out.
     
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  7. D.Tibbitt

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    Fair enough, could u get it further forward if loaded backwards ?
     
  8. beastr123

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    You have room to move up to 9500lbs to the tractor and it is better to carry the load than to drag it. That shift should move about 7000 maximum forward putting your drives at 32000 and your steering at 11500. And yes loading backwards is maybe better for unloading and will balance just as good.
     
  9. Bdog

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    Maybe. Loading backwards scares me as I can’t tell where I am going. If I drive on the trailer going forward when I back off I can see the edges of the trailer as a guide to go straight. If I try to back on I can’t see where I am on the trailer until I am pretty much all the way on.
     
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  10. Happily Retired

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    1st, you have one of the easiest loads to get legal with, you can move it, unlike say, a load of steel coils. I hauled a lot of heavy equipment like that, never really had to worry about being legal, but, I'd try loading it backwards too. There's a lot of weight on the back of those, as the slip shows, it's designed that way. I loaded a lot of trenching dozers and backed them on. It is tense, when wet was a real challenge. Easy does it, was the key. I've seen dozers slide off metal ramps, it's not pretty. Company I worked for, the lead mechanic was sharp, and he cut tire treads from old car tires, and fixed them to the ramps, which made it a lot safer. In your case, I'd lift the blade up onto the step, and it may even be too much, but have plenty of room up front. Nice dozer, btw, and thanks for buying the John Deere!!
     
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  11. Linte_Loco

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    The first suggestion is probably the best

    Option B
    Since it’s permitted. If your rear tandem is rated for 20k per axle, you could get your permit to specify 40k tandems/legalgross
    Not good for the trailer of course.or the ride
     
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