Trailering 315 CAT

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mini man, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
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    What would be the minimum ( cheapest ) set up to trailer a 315 Cat excavator?
    Thanks
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  2. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
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  3. Digdug

    Digdug LawnSite Member
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    I pulled mine around with a 20ton tag along trailer behind a wheeler dump truck , before getting a 35ton lowbed.
     
  4. wheels910

    wheels910 LawnSite Member
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    if you got a 8 axle trailer, you could probably get away with a 1 ton dually.
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    A tridem tag axle will do the job you could get away with a tandem tag but for the extra safety factor a tridem tag is the best.

    A lowbed is overkill the insurance costs will kill you. Almost all the contractors have a tag trailer behind a tandem axle gravel truck. Its cheap to operate that way and easy. Lowbeds are maintenance pigs plus you have a tractor to deal with.

    Any machine bigger than a 20 ton then you need a lowbed.
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    A tandem axle gravel truck with a tri-axle dove tail or tilt trailer works wonders here.
     
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The highways dept doesn't like beaver tail trailers because the ramps chew up the pavement. Most contractors have tilts so unbuckle the machine walk it off the trailer.

    Lowbeds you have to make sure you don't get in a place where you can't turn around. Lots of dead end roads or places you just can't turn around.

    Packing a Zaxis 200 or a Cat 320 on a tridem tag it is boarderline so you have to put buckets or any attachments into the truck box.

    You do need a decent tandem axle gravel truck to pull a tridem tag with a excavator. No old tandem axle trucks with 38,000lb rear axles with 6/71 detroit power. A L-8000 Ford with 240 Ford power is a no no.

    A truck with L-10 Cummins power is pushing your luck. Or a old Mack with a 235 engine and 6spd not a good idea.
     
  8. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
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    my cuz works/co owns a construction company and has one of these he has a kenworth dump truck with a tag along trailer and a 600hp cummins under the hood
     
  9. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
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    HAHAHAHA you might be able to pull it, but would like to see you stop it!
     
  10. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys!:canadaflag:
     

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