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 12-28-2011, 07:57 Post: 181782
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Have any of you experience in hauling equipment such as tractors or excavators on flat bed trucks? With the bed being higher than most trailers for equipment (my experience)are you using ramps, a loading dock or something else to load and unload. Anything you don't like or recommend in doing this over trailer. Do realize the higher bed the higher center of gravity is so not as stable also might have clearance issue but doubt I would with my equipment.

What recommendation would you make for ramps and will be loading wheel and track. Seems the ramps would be very heavy to get the needed angle if the bed is only three feet high or course much worse if four feet high.

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 12-28-2011, 08:08 Post: 181784
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KT;
My Uncle used tohave a grain truck that we would pull the sides off and haul tractors on. This was in nthe day of tricycle tractors so a middle ramp was recommended but not an absolute depending on your "Fear Factor".
As you said the unsafe center of gravity hauling a tractor that weighed the same or a bit more than the empty the truck did wasn't a cool deal even in my young daring days it scared me. We had a sort of natural loading ramp in the side of a steep hill that we had some heavy planks we laid from the edge of the hill to the truck bed on both ends of the haul.
I was never so glad to see a new invention as I was the goose neck trailer behind a pickup.
So would I recommend the truck with an excavator, (Swing Hoe) on the bed, NO!!!
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 12-28-2011, 11:57 Post: 181786
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Get what we call a "roll back" tow truck where the bed of the truck hydraulically goes back and becomes a ramp. Prolly $6000 my guess. But make sure the truck is rated for the 10K. Licensing is another thing. Around here, wreckers are divided into two classes---towing cars and trucks, and c/t towing and towing anything like equipment. The latter license plates cost much more than regular wrecker plates. Also be sure the excavator cab won't stick up too high once loaded. Again you need to look at being commercial and what that means about licensing, etc.






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 12-28-2011, 14:58 Post: 181792
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Ole Jeffery, think we is probably more like Gulf Coast laws than Michigan laws,,,but I jest saying.

Well you two did not say anything that surprised me. Frank, is this you unloading an excavator or Jeff? There are some interesting other videos of such there.






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 12-28-2011, 15:00 Post: 181793
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Well found video of proper way for loading onto trailer...not sure want to use trailer either. Jeff is that you operating the excavator and thr tractor?






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 12-28-2011, 15:55 Post: 181794
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KT;
Well of course that was me.
Didn't ya see how I SWUNG that baby "Swing Hoe" when I came out of the truck.
Nothin to it.






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 12-28-2011, 16:29 Post: 181796
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Prolly $6000 my guess.......



EW my, my, my! "Prolly" hmmmm the great spell checker has made a spelling error, or is that Ohio vernacular?






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 12-28-2011, 19:51 Post: 181800
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Prolly was a fun way of saying probably Wink yeah right (used in a sentence: Kenny prolly eats many donuts for breakfast) It could be Ohio vernacular, dunno...but I'm from the Deeeetroit area anyway.






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 12-28-2011, 22:44 Post: 181806
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Dennis, we might ought to nickname EW the Teflon Kid...nothing sticks






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 12-29-2011, 10:59 Post: 181811
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Te he he






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