Spreading rock with quarter frame trailers

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  1. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    What’s the opinions on spreading rock with a 25’ rounded corner quarter frame?
    I have had full frames 20-26 foot in the past with various tubs and spread thousands of tons and have used frameless trailers to stockpile but never had a quarter frame
     
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    As long as the ground is level you're good to go.
     
  4. wore out

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    We had a couple Hilbilt half round quarter frames that spread lots of rock on lease roads as well as dumped asphalt in paving machines. Turned the same one over twice, ruined one truck saved one truck. So a 50 percent average there. We were pretty handy at straightening a trailer with a hoe. Though the half rounds were harder. Luckily I never tipped one but it wasn’t from lack of effort
     
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  5. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If you're hauling clean crushed rock it should be alright. Sand is okay, Shot rock varies but if it's dry I'd try a load. If they want you to spread 3/4 base or anything with any moisture content I'd tell them no.
    Wet stuff that hangs up will pull you over in a hurry.
     
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  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Speaking from experience. I was green. Load set over night. Only peice of equipment I've ever put on it's side.
     
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  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Once is usually enough. Mine was from getting in too much of a hurry trying to beat the rain on an out-sloped pioneered road. The worst part was listening to the other guys..."Hey Terry, be sure to bring your trailer with you when you go back for your next load" and "Try to keep it on it's feet boss, we got a lot to do today"...you know the routine.
    It was an old Reliance and it had been over before. I walked back and got the Barko and some chokers and we set it back on it's feet. We still have it.
     
  8. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    I don’t spread rock with a ten wheeler, that’s what machines are for.

    i like my quarter frame for dumping but I would still rather a full frameless
     
  9. SL3406

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    A quarter frame will do anything a frame type will do. That includes turning the tractor over too when they go over. I personally don't spread with anything but a 10 wheeler. That's mostly just because I don't want to risk the truck I pull my end dump with.
     
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  10. NightWind

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    There are as many answers to your question as there are rocks in the world. It's going to depend on
    1. The area
    2. The product
    3. The drivers skillset, judgement
    4. The weather(relates to the area)
    Personally I don't think its a good idea, spreading is for equipment that is designed for spreading, not hauling.
     
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  11. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I agree but sometimes you can get away with it. Sometimes. :rolleyes:
    I saw three dumping side by side (really bad idea) and when one went over it took the other two with it like dominoes. It was my job but not my equipment. We spent the rest of the day getting stuff untangled and back on it's feet without hurting it any more than it was.

    I'd much rather us a 10 wheeler.
     
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