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Larry E.'s Comment
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Been there several times myself, Wilson. Have to be careful and follow the signs otherwise you will be pulled over by the locals. By the way, how do you like your new truck? I have, for the first time ever, a drop and hook flatbed load. Reading truck bodies that they secure with special straps and no tarp from Reading, PA (without the ice) to Albuquerque, NM. I am certain the load gods will pay me back for such an easy load.embarrassed.gif

I'll keep an eye out for you.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Picked this up today at a job site and delivered a couple of hours away. Easy Peasy day.

bulldozer loaded on yellow flatbed drop-deck trailer

Pat M.'s Comment
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Wanted to explain a few things for the new drivers looking to get into flatbeds.

Although it looks like the blade is straight, it is not. I angled the blade so that it would be just as narrow as the trailer. This way I do not have to flag the blade because it is over width.

Secondly, Ritchie Brothers is a good source to figure out what a piece of equipment weighs. I always use the operating weight because this equipment now has fuel and hydraulic oil so it will be heavier than the dry weight of the machine. In this case, the machine weighs just under 20k. I always round up.

The third thing to know is that you have to secure all attachments such as buckets and blades so that is the reason for the chain over the blade. The other 2 chains are 3/8" and the binders are 5/16" or 3/8" combo. The WLL for the chain is 6600 and the WLL for the binders is 5500 so each piece of securement has the rating of the lowest or weakest link. In this case that would be the binders at 5500 pounds.

With the 2 chains you have a WLL of 11,000 pounds which is more than 50% of the load weight. You have enough according to the book but you still have to secure the blade, hence the third chain that gives you another 5500 pounds for a total of 16,500 pounds of working load limit (WLL).

Good to go, I am out of here as soon as I close the gate... LOL

When figuring the WLL I always round down. For instance a 5/16" chain WLL is 4700 pounds and I round down to 4500 for easier math. With 3/8" chain that has a WLL of 5500 pounds I round down to 5000 for easier math. In the end, I am always over secured.

Wilson's Comment
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By the way, how do you like your new truck?

I think I like it. It doesn't get the mileage my old truck got. But maybe it will once it is broken in a little more. I do like all the room it has. But even though I do not need to anymore, I still duck when going to the front from the back.

Hard habit to break.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Wilson, love the pics! Thanks!

Waiting to load salt in New Mexico...another day at the salt mines lol.

truck driver waiting to load salt in New Mexico

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Wilson, love the pics! Thanks!

Waiting to load salt in New Mexico...another day at the salt mines lol.

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I assume that you have to tarp that so it does not all blow away going down the road... shocked.pngrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif

Do you put the straps over or under the tarps? rofl-3.gif

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Wilson's Comment
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Wilson, love the pics! Thanks!

Waiting to load salt in New Mexico...another day at the salt mines lol.

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I assume that you have to tarp that so it does not all blow away going down the road... shocked.pngrofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif

Do you put the straps over or under the tarps? rofl-3.gif

I'm not even going to go there..... rofl-2.gif

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Wilson's Comment
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Here I am hauling a load of "commercial grade" Crayola crayons to the Crayola factory where they will be made into thousands of normal-sized crayons for children all across the fruited plain.

large steel tubes strapped on Melton flatbed trailerlarge steel tubes strapped on Melton flatbed trailer

There must be a big demand for this color. . . . .

Wilson's Comment
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I had a unique opportunity to stop by my alma mater and "show off" my truck and answer students' questions. That was fun. It was cool seeing my instructors again as well.

blue Melton flatbed truck parked at Premier Driving Academy

Wilson's Comment
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Load of steel I picked up at our Loredo terminal.

load of steel bars strapped on a flatbed trailer in a warehouseload of steel bars strapped and tarped on a flatbed trailer in a warehouse

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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