Many businesses need to transport heavy equipment from one place to another. Machinery trailers are perfect for handling this kind of work. There are a few things to consider when buying or having one customised which will ensure you get the most use out of your trailer as possible.
It is important to understand trailer ratings and standards when comparing Machinery trailers. The balance between the weight of the trailer and the load capacity is important. If your trailer is too light, it may not be able to move the payload or if your trailer is too heavy, then you lessen the legal payload it can handle.
Determining the trailer’s weight is rather straightforward. Normally, you’ll have the GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings on the serial tag that gives you the capacity of the trailer plus the payload. Subtract the capacity from the trailer and you will give you the trailer weight.
In addition to that, it is important to know that the load is compatible with the trailer’s concentrated weight. The weight over a given area determines the concentrated weight rating. The next thing you should know about ratings is how the trailer will be loaded. The entire GVWR is not intended to be carried by the wheel and axle. A portion is assigned to the hitch. Deck length and axle placement need to allow the weight to be distributed.
The traditional deck materials used for machinery trailers are oak and apitong. Due to advancements, other materials are now being used for decking. One of them is called “Rumber”; it is a rubber compound decking material. Another material being used is a bamboo composite.
The goal here is to increase the life of the deck to match the trailer’s lifetime. A well-made trailer is going to last for about 15 to 20 years (depending on maintenance) and in that lifetime, it will take between two and four deck replacements, depending on use. However, “Rumber” might last the life of a trailer, so can be a great investment.
Low CG (Center of Gravity) and Load Angle
Low load angles benefit all types of machinery equipment when moving it to one place or another. A sliding axle will give you a better loading angle than you will get with a beavertail or a tilt bed. Another thing to be considered is the CG or centre of gravity. It makes the load more stable and safer to load if you keep the CG down low.
If you are looking to buy trailers that will suit your needs, then don’t hesitate to contact us today at Titan Engineering. We are happy to discuss all your needs to advise you on the best option for your needs.