Five tips to correctly size trailers for excavators

By |  March 16, 2022
Photo: Talbert Manufacturing

Manufacturers play a key role in making sure trailers and loads are safe and compliant for each area of operation. Photo: Talbert Manufacturing

Removable goosenecks reduce the safety risk by eliminating the need to drive up and over the trailer axles. This configuration saves time, hassle and expense while also extending the life of the trailer.

Keep in mind, however, that a removable gooseneck requires ample space for loading and unloading.

4. Regulations

Knowing where a trailer is headed is as important as knowing what it’s hauling.

Established, densely populated areas present many difficulties for heavy-haul operators. Roads and bridges originally designed to carry lighter vehicles – some dating back to horse-and-carriage days – present many challenges for hauling modern equipment. Though they have been maintained and reinforced for modern transportation needs, they are not necessarily designed for the weight and size of extra-large loads.

Even those built more recently may have the weight capacity but not the space needed to safely maneuver large equipment around tight corners. Correctly sizing a trailer that allows the most capacity with the smallest profile will increase an operator’s options.

On the other end of the spectrum, operators face difficult road and infrastructure conditions and minimal government oversight in less developed regions. In these cases, operators must use their best judgment to ensure safety for themselves and those around them.

Furthermore, the government may hold them accountable for any damages or mishaps. This might mean investing in either a trailer that is able to handle the stress caused by rough roads or one that offers heavier axles that are stronger and will minimize maintenance.

5. Trailer construction

Not all trailers are created equal. It’s important to consider the quality of a trailer – not just the price tag.

Trusted manufacturers will work to understand the client, not just the load. They will consider not just the excavator, but everything the client needs to haul, the territories of operation and the specific challenges they face. Manufacturers will use that information to design a trailer that offers maximum flexibility, versatility and strength.

Consider the construction materials, as well. Look for materials such as heavy-duty T-1, 100,000-psi minimum-yield steel for extreme durability and longevity. Apitong flooring is another good choice because it stands up better than traditional oak and pine decking.
Investing in higher-quality materials and components can double the life of a trailer, significantly enhancing ROI.

Trailers from a respectable manufacturer may also include positive camber in the original design. The amount of camber can be customized based on the estimated usual load in order to ensure the flattest loaded deck possible.

Ensuring the right trailer for an application is a job best left to the pros. But with these tips, operators can get a jump-start on the process.

Troy Geisler is vice president of sales and marketing at Talbert Manufacturing.

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