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In Maryland the law is 2 chains and 2 binders for any machines under 10,000 pounds. For any machine over 10,000 pounds a minimal of 5 chains and 5 binders are required. Also no straps are allowed to tie down any type of machine on any type of self propelled chassis. Straps are only allowed to tie down bulk materials, no vehicles or machines. I don't know what the law is in other states but that is for here in Maryland.
I believe that is DOT nation wide.
 

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I think I need to teach you how to tie down equipment that dang sure aint enough chains.. just kidding around.. I dont think that equipment is coming off...

I didnt say this but I think someone in the picture forum needs help with this subject.. just remember I didnt say a thing.. hahah
 

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I'm pretty sure that excavator could use 2 more chains on it. You're supposed to have 4 corners + hydraulic attachments and the blade is an attachment. Maybe I don't see them, but I think the front of that skid could use 2 more chains as well.

I think you got 2 corners on both machines and got all the hydraulic attachments.

Maybe I'm just not seeing them, but I think you need more chains on that rig.

You ought to have 5 on the skid and 6 on the excavator if you're using 1 chain per corner.
 

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I dont think you noticed it but he has a chain running just behind the blade on the square tubing the blade is welded to and he has chains on the back of the bucket which would also account for the chains on the corners.. also the way he has it loaded as long as he has the blade chained down the bucket cant come up..


CRAP!! Kreft you werent suppose to see that!! haha sorry i just couldnt resist :laugh: I secretly wanted them to see your new investment...
 

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Well if we want to get super-technical it's still not right. The tiedowns shouldn't be the outermost part of the trailer. He should have a rubrail extending past his tiedowns so that if he bumps something with the side of the trailer it won't harm your tiedowns at all.

Now most trailers you see won't have rubrails like they are supposed to, but technically you are supposed to have one.
 

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Well if we want to get super-technical it's still not right. The tiedowns shouldn't be the outermost part of the trailer. He should have a rubrail extending past his tiedowns so that if he bumps something with the side of the trailer it won't harm your tiedowns at all.

Now most trailers you see won't have rubrails like they are supposed to, but technically you are supposed to have one.
You are? I have never heard that before.. Now that you are getting technical about it I understand..
 

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Yea. Most all trailers on the road are in violation of that rule including several of my own.

I'm not claiming to know everything about tiedowns here, but I've gotten enough unsecured/improperly secured load violations and lectures about it that I know the rules pretty well now.
 

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No because the D ring is still the outermost part.

Granted I'm not a DOT inspector, but I've been through enough inspections with lowbeds and tags like that to know the rules pretty well.

Not trying to be a [email protected]$$ to anyone just trying to save you a few hundred dollars in fines.
Yeah I thought of that after I posted it.. I actually went back and deleted that part of my post..
 

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I would not pull that trailer loaded/tied down that way. The rear chains on the skid are about worthless. You are pulling back under that machine. The chains need to be hooked more in the hitch area, and pull out ward on the machine. The mini is tied down good on the back of the trailer, but you also need chains like that pulling forward. That machine could slide back the way it is tied. I know that there is a chain on the blade, but it still could slide 3-4 inches back, and then your rear chains are loose and worthless. Most things like skids and mini's I only use 2 chains and four binders. I always hook everything in a V pattern, and put a binder on both sides.
 

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I would be welding some more tie down points on that trailer. The way the front chains are on the excavator they are at too much of a angle. They are pulling the machine forward. If the machine ever decided to move it would slip forward the chains would be loose.

The problem with rubber tracked machines there is nothing to hook too. On steel tracked machines you can hook to the tracks.

I like having lots of options for tie down spots. I don't like D rings I prefer a rub rail or stake pockets you can drop the chain through and hook the hook on the top of the stake pocket.
 

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We looked it over and today and we are going to get another set of D rings and put them some around where the "E" is in eager on the side you can see and put a chain through the track like we do when we have it one the little trailer. those pics are on the 1st page.

but about the Rub rail iv never heard about that and how could that be done when the trailer is already 102" wide? I thought your not allowed to be more then that.
 

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We looked it over and today and we are going to get another set of D rings and put them some around where the "E" is in eager on the side you can see and put a chain through the track like we do when we have it one the little trailer. those pics are on the 1st page.

but about the Rub rail iv never heard about that and how could that be done when the trailer is already 102" wide? I thought your not allowed to be more then that.
Thats what I was thinking.. the only thing I could think of that would remedy that problem would be putting d-rings up on the deck of the trailer..
 
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