Hauling a Versa-Lift 40/60 in Ohio

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  1. flemingj64

    flemingj64 Bobtail Member

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    I am a mechanic at a small construction/rigging company in Ohio. I've been tasked with finding a trailer to haul a 40/60 Versa-Lift my company will be purchasing. Now, I have my CDL and I have hauled machinery and ran heavy wreckers, but never had to deal with worrying about axle weights and the such. So, to provide a little background, the forklift will weigh 58,000 completely assembled. The counterweights, forks, and boom can be removed and placed on another trailer, but my company wants to haul it complete. I have been told that we need a 3-axle trailer, but I am still lost on if our 3-axle tractors will be sufficient. What do I need to be looking at when it comes to knowing how many axles I need, the correct spacing, if this load will have to be permitted each time, etc? Any info about this, pertaining to Ohio law, is greatly appreciated since all I really am is a grease monkey, not a trucker!
     
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  3. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

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    Look at a Landoll 455. They are a 3 axle tilt deck trailer. That's what almost every rigging company I've seen use for their large forklifts / versa lifts. They have axles that slide forward and let the deck tilt down at a very low angle that a Versalift can easily drive right onto.

    3 axle tractor should be fine to pull it. You will likely need to have a wet kit on the truck to run the hydraulics on the trailer.

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  4. flemingj64

    flemingj64 Bobtail Member

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    Are most companies you have seen taking the 4 slabs of counterweight off to transport? We have a 2 axle sliding axle trailer that we have use to move a Versa-Lift with, but we always take the counterweights off and put them on the deck. It seems way overloaded and I did not know if you could the same with a 3 axle?
     
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  5. blairandgretchen

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    Some here may be able to advise if an annual permit is able to be purchased for Ohio for overweight.

    I know Ohio is quite expensive for 'single trip' permits.
     
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  6. Razororange

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    I'm not sure on exactly how legal it would be. I could see an officer causing an issue with the counter weights saying they are easily removeable to reduce weight which makes the load divisible. I also know I've seen plenty of companies haul them with the forklift and also have the overhead jib/stand on the deck as well. Generally you would probably be ok with it because a lot of cops either wouldn't notice or even know what they are looking at.

    There's no way you'll get away with hauling the slabs separate on the deck. They either have to be on the back of the lift or on another truck. Around my area all the riggers send out 2 trucks for every lift. 1 with the Versalift and 1 with the counterweights/rigging gear.

    It would absolutely require an overweight permit to haul and I don't think Ohio has an annual overweight option. As long as your gross weight stays under 120,000 a single trip permit in Ohio is $145 one way or $210 for a round trip back to your yard.

    Depending on where you are I also know the Sheriffs area Columbus also watch OS/OW like crazy. They really like to go after the local guys who try to sneak stuff without permits.
     
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  7. blairandgretchen

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    Ohio is one of the very few states I've ever been pulled over - roadside, and had permit for hauling checked - and the guy was very polite, but knew the requirements - escorts/time of travel etc.
     
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    Oklahoma got me on US 287. Saw the closed sign and thought we were good. They were just sitting out there and grabbing all the oversize and taking them to a the closed scale. She was nice and even let me remove the lift axle switch on the dash instead of pulling my permit.
     
  9. blairandgretchen

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    Yeah, it's one of those things - you can sneak around a few things from time to time, but if, like the OP is talking - it's a regular deal, then you may as well set things up legal beagle to avoid headaches down the road.
     
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  10. REO6205

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    I agree. The local cops anywhere get to know who all the players...good and bad....are. A bad reputation is easy to get and hard to shake off.
     
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  11. North Pole Nightmare

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    Take the 16k counterweights off and haul on another truck,then you have 42k left to haul.
    You'll have to scale it somewhere with the truck/trailer you have to get the numbers you need.
     
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