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Old 06-17-2000, 10:38 PM
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Its probably against the law not to strap equipment down. During an accident you could end up wearing a lazor. Ever see a flatbed with his load not strapped down? Equipment on trailors can become missles in an accident. Or you could swerve and things could go flying off and hit cars etc
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Old 06-18-2000, 05:46 AM
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I use 4 tonne (9000 lb) ratchet straps to <br>hold the Walker on the back of the small truck.I use chains and dogs to keep the tractor on the big truck. Over here the law<br>says you must be able to turn the truck <br>upside down and nothing must fall off.<br>This was bought on by a lot of accidents<br>involving backhoe contactors.<p>Karl<br>
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Old 06-18-2000, 10:51 AM
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I tried 2x4&quot;s and they worked ok until I chunked them out when the deck was set low in the spring. I use 1x2&quot;s and that keeps them from rolling. Its all in what works for you. I dont use straps anymore unless I'm gonna take the highway. I have a big steel gate in the front of the trailer that is a bit of a guardrail if I got in a wreck.
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Old 06-18-2000, 06:01 PM
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I love the 2x4 idea, guys. I spent a couple days going back and forth in my head about what I was going to do to secure my stuff, now I'm feeling at ease again thanks to you.<p>Why do I ever wrack my brain at all? You guys rock. <p>-TGC
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Old 06-18-2000, 11:02 PM
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I use motorcycle tie down straps. works great.<p>GEO
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Old 06-18-2000, 11:34 PM
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2x4's galore-<br>my steiner 220 tends to lose fluid in the lines after shutdown, & fluid drains back into tank, causing to roll. Last summer I had WB off & nothing in front of the steiner. Braked kinda hard for a red light & here comes the steiner rolling out of the 2x4 I put in. BANG! Hit the front railing of trailer hard enuf to bend 1/8&quot; angle iron!<br>So now it has 2x4's in front & back of BOTH wheels.<br>Figure out how you want everything to sit, then butt the blocks against the wheels. Then take a nail or something & scratch along the edge of 2x4 to show where it'll be screwed in. Drywall screws hold better than nails, & are easy to relocate.<br>Word of obvious advice; put the mower you use the most at the back of the trailer closest to the gate. Good luck.<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
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Old 06-19-2000, 04:58 AM
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You'd be crazy not to properly tie down your<br>equipment. I have attended accident scenes<br>where equipment wasn't tied down and it's real ugly.A bit of 2 by 4 just isn't good enough. 2 by 4 won't stop the equipment from<br>flying off and killing someone. Your insurance won't cover you either.I saw the result of a backhoe coming off a truck at<br>100 kph (60 mph). The hoe literally flew <br>apart and parts of it hit other cars.<br>Also strapping down helps deter theives.<br>I spent 2 years driving tow trucks and have<br>seen some pretty ugly ****. So strap your<br>gear down!<p>Karl<br>
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