How much weight can this Freightliner Columbia 3 axle handle.

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  1. Trukie

    Trukie Bobtail Member

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    I have a freightliner columbia stock 3 axle 12k/40k axles
    3 axle 40 ton fontaine(+1)
    12.7 detroit
    470hp
    1700tq
    18sp
    390 gears
    What do you guys think it can handle?
    Ive done 90k feels fine but dont want to push it
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    90k is nothing really. Not gonna hurt it.
     
  4. Trukie

    Trukie Bobtail Member

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    How much can i do with regular 12k/40K axles then
     
  5. baha

    baha Road Train Member

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    If you drive it easy without dumping the clutch on hills where you must stop on them it can haul closer to 100,000 every day with permits and keep on doing it for a long time?
     
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  6. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Load the wagon,,,just make sure you can stop the dang thing.:eek:
     
  7. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    My 96 IHC was spec'd the same and that was for hauling up to 9 axle (158kgross). I thought nothing of running 120k gross on 6 axles.
    If you have 40-145 drives then your gears are good for 145 gross and us in Canada use that set to pull super-B trailers up to 140k.
    With your light Columbia and a 40 ton with a pin-on 3rd axle you should be able to permit up to 114k almost anywhere in the lower 48.
    14k on your steers
    40k on your drives
    60K on the trailer
    That should let you put about 75k on the deck if you can axle scale it.
     
  8. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    That truck can handle more than you will ever want to put behind it.
     
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  9. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    6 axle with a Iron wolf brush hog 106k net. Piece of cake. :D
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