Ruggedly built for use in trains of up to six trailers, each features a forged steel towing loop and a choice of wheels designed for floor protection, noise protection, and years of dependable use. The Four-Wheel steering assures minimum floor space required for turning entire train, a significant cost advantage in a larger warehouse or distribution center.
The 7-ga. steel deck accommodates virtually any kind of load and is forgiving of most loading and unloading indiscretions. Tie rod guards, welded in place strategically under the side frame and between the front and rear wheels, protect vital steering linkage from inadvertent forklift contact.
Each trailer is equipped with mitered corners and indicative of premium design which allows for tight trailering turns without corner contact. Hamilton’s 10,000# capacity trailers are naturals for agricultural and construction equipment plants, and for any heavy manufacturing application.
Each trailer is precisely tuned to provide “True Tracking” which means the last trailer in the train follows virtually the same floor path as the first one. The system can work in minimum aisle width, saving costly floor space.
Located on the sides between the front and rear wheels, each trailer is equipped with tie rod guards to protect the otherwise vulnerable steering mechanism from forklifts attempting to lift trailers from the sides. Tie rods are precisely fit to keep the trailer towing properly, and may be easily damaged when forklifts attempt to raise a trailer with forks under the tie rod.
A major wear point on any towed trailer is the towing loop. Comprised of forged steel, Hamilton’s loops are designed for handling the maximum towed load and are resistant to wear during years of use.
Each wheel is encased by two ¼” thick plate wheel sides mounted with individual axles so there’s no induced “cantilever” forces experienced on trailers with a common axle and wheels unsupported on the “outside.”
The wheels feature sealed tapered roller bearings to address the rigors of trailer duty which include potentially long runs/near continuous duty service and numerous turns inducing significant side forces onto the wheels. Wheel diameters range from 12” to 16”, with available tread options to address noise concerns, floor protection, and load capacity. In some cases, to optimize load capacity, wheels are “doubled up”. Pneumatic and Moldon rubber-tired wheels rely on dual wheels to achieve the maximum 10,000# capacity.
A rugged 4” channel frame assures strength for the heavy loads and the dynamic forces induced during travel. ½” thick by 14” square steel plates sandwich a UHMW disk, secured by a 1-1/4” kingpin, comprising each of the two massive fifth-wheel assemblies. They are welded directly to the trailer’s frame, and provide the steering and connecting linkage to make Hamilton trailers the strongest in the industry.
We use a 1” diameter tongue axle connecting the tongue to the trailer framework. Recognizing the weight of the entire train is concentrated on the tongue and tongue axle of the very first trailer, Hamilton doesn’t skimp on this vital piece of hardware.
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