What's it like transporting heavy equipment?

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  1. randomname

    randomname Light Load Member

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    Yep, I'd been looking right at it all along. It's 21,350 lbs per axle, or close to that. We have an annual permit that allows us 43k on tandems, though my tractor axles are only rated at 40k. We only have a few machines where I have to worry about it.
    One thing about landolls, at least the sliding tail ones like mine, is they are heavy in the ###. It kinda levers weight off the drive tires and its pretty easy to get stuck off-road. I imagine the ones like chriskc has where the whole bed tilts are about the same. Several times I've unloaded a reach forklift or big manlift or excavator and used it to pull me out. Just last month I had to chain up to get up an icy logging road that empty log trucks were climbing with ease. But they are nifty trailers.
     
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  3. TripleSix

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    How do you know that’s the center of the trailer?
     
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  4. FoolsErrand

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    I think it was chicopee industrial contractors in Mass that has a landoll with vertical hydraulic cylinders and shoes on the tandem carriage. They back up close to a dock, raise the whole trailer straight up to dock height or whatever you want, and slide the tandems while in neutral which walks the whole deck and tractor up to or over the dock.. Trailer tires completely in the air.

    Might have been another contractor but i saw it a few times moving CNCs for smith and wesson when i was there.
     
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  5. shawnhhllc

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    I remember that from my orientation. Also other drivers have told me the same. I'm getting on the road tomorrow morning for a month I will have to figure this out
     
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  6. chriskc

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    I don’t get stuck very often. I got stuck on a windmill farm once and just slid my trailer axles all the way up, set them and released the tractor brakes and used my remote to let the trailer push me out. My only complaint is that the trailer is 53’ with the axles all the way back, and I do a lot of city driving in a lot of upscale neighborhoods.
     
  7. TripleSix

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    Measure from the kingpin to the center of the trailer spread. The halfway point between these two measurements is the center of the trailer. Any trailer. When they drove the escavator onto your trailer, when it’s making the transition from the ramp to the trailer, it will teeter a bit. That’s the center of the escavator. Match center to center and it should nearly the exact amount of weight added on your drives and the trailer axles. Usually a foot back from center will have the drives and trailer reading identical at the cat scale.
     
  8. shawnhhllc

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    Awesome 6. Thanks for the help. Deadheading to Iowa from Florida. I didn’t question it just said yes ma’am have a great day.
     
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  9. Gearjammin' Penguin

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    So, who defines 'undue?' That seems like an awful big gray area.
     
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  10. not4hire

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    Eight hours comes to mind, but it has been a while. It likely varies by jurisdiction, marital status and phase of the moon, don't doubt I'm wrong and will be corrected shortly.
     
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    One of my favorite videos. Notice the part about the reason why they removed the front tires off the 777. This is @Rontonio's usual setup. They dropped the height 2 feet by removing the tires. Now, of course, when you remove the tires, you will have to pay another truck to transport the tires. But do you know what difference 2 feet makes on your permitted route when you're already overheight?
     
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