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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mini man, Apr 2, 2008.
What would be the minimum ( cheapest ) set up to trailer a 315 Cat excavator?
Is it like this one?
That sits lists the operating weight as 38095 lb.
I think this will mean that you'll need a Class 8 truck to pull it. I may be wrong though.
I pulled mine around with a 20ton tag along trailer behind a wheeler dump truck , before getting a 35ton lowbed.
if you got a 8 axle trailer, you could probably get away with a 1 ton dually.
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.
A tandem axle gravel truck with a tri-axle dove tail or tilt trailer works wonders here.
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.
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
HAHAHAHA you might be able to pull it, but would like to see you stop it!