New Hamilton trailer solutions: More power to ya

Diehard Hamilton fans may remember when we introduced our e-Power Cart Solutions to turbo-charge your workforce a few years ago. To continue our goodwill towards backs and spines everywhere, we’re excited to announce the debut of two new powered trailer product lines—both engineered to eliminate the strain of manually pushing and pulling heavy carts and wheeled equipment.

First up, a series of 4 industrial electric e-power pushers designed to push/pull trailers loaded with heavy cargo any which way. With a payload capacity of between 3,000 and 100,000 pounds, these power pushers are more cost-effective alternatives to traditional maintenance forklifts. They’re also a lot more versatile and maneuverable—and with a smaller footprint, too. When combined with our line of industrial trailers, you can move loads effortlessly throughout your plant.

In the all-in-one power category, our second product line features e-power movers with easy steering push/pull capability for added flexibility. The beds can be customized with a variety of superstructures to fit your needs: cradles, shelves, racks, tool holders, part carousels—whatever elaborate fixture your imagination can conjure to help you get the job done right.

Happy trailers to youuuuu.

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This Hamilton trailer brakes for innovation

“We can’t do that,” said no design engineer ever at Hamilton. In fact, we love to take on custom jobs that bend our brains and test our limits. Case in point: This bespoke trailer we designed for a leading global manufacturer of basketball systems and other sports and recreational equipment.

The customer needed a transport truck to haul heavy equipment up and down a ramp with a four-foot rise over twenty feet. They didn’t trust their own towing vehicles to keep the cargo secure during unexpected starts and stops on incline. So they called in the big guns at Hamilton to design a trailer with its own electronic power brake system to make sure cargo stays snug every which way.

Adding a brake system and wires is not something we typically do, but that’s what sets Hamilton apart. The electric brakes operate similar to what you would get with any over-the-road trailer, such as a camper. The electric from the tugging vehicle travels back through the wiring to the trailer rear to apply the brakes. With a standard over-the-road trailer, it’s easy to get the wire up to the coupler since everything is rigid. But with a fifth-wheel steering trailer such as ours—where the front running gear actually turns—Hamilton had to get creative. To keep everything protected and up where it needs to be, we ran a conduit line back to that 5th wheel with extra wiring that flexed with the running gear.

Finally, to minimize swelling during summer heat and humidity, we added capping angles bolted to the frame to resist warpage. A Marine-grade epoxy finish ensure the trailer can stand up to the most punishing environments.

Here are the no-holds-barred specs:

Mold Transport Trailer

  • Capacity: 10,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 72” wide x 120” long
  • Deck Height: 29”
  • Deck Material: Hardwood with flat steel hold down strips along each frame side
  • Steering Type: Single 5th wheel style
    • Brakes:
    • Rear axle to include electric brakes and necessary wiring to tongue.
    • Note: trailers will negotiate a ramp that has a 4-foot rise over 20 feet
  • Running Gear: Four 22" diameter X 8" Press On wheels
  • Couplers: Tongue for a 2-5/16” ball
  • Other: 10 tie down rings (Five evenly spaced on each side frame)
  • Color: Safety Yellow epoxy

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We think Iceman and Goose would have loved this Hamilton trailer

Okay, so we wouldn’t dare use a few shameless Top Gun references to tout our latest custom Hamilton trailer. But this beauty we designed for none other than the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds—those mighty jets that headline air and water shows everywhere—is the Maverick of all trailers. Sorry not sorry!

Our mission: Custom-engineer a low-riding trailer to carry test equipment on and off transport planes that accompany the Thunderbirds to their next show. The trailer base had to be low enough for clearance, but stable enough to carry the haul—contained in tall, narrow cabinets—up and down aircraft ramps and onto the tarmac. To protect such precious cargo, we gave the trailers extra cushioning with four 18-inch-diameter pneumatic tires. Lever activated scrub brakes ensure the trailers stay put when parked, while lashing rings on all sides provide extra security to lock down that load. Did someone say wingman?

Enter the danger zone specs:

Test Equipment Transport Trailer

  • Capacity: 2,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 28" wide X 60" long
  • Deck Height: 13"
  • Deck Material: Smooth steel plate
  • Clearance under frame: 8” minimum
  • Steering Type: 2-wheel knuckle style
  • Running Gear: Four 18" diameter full pneumatic tires mounted to steel rims and bolt-on hubs fitted with tapered roller bearings
  • Brakes: Lever-activated scrub brake
  • Couplers: Front, Tongue with towing eye; Rear, none
  • Other: 2 tie-down rings on each side frame (8 total)
  • Finish: White epoxy

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Our defense missile trailers are making the world a safer place

It isn’t every day you get to design trailers to haul defense missiles, but then again, Hamilton isn’t your everyday cart company. Take a look at these beauties we recently custom engineered for a global aerospace and defense company. With a combined payload of 4,600 pounds, they work in tandem to gently cradle a prototype weapon of mass destruction approximately 30 inches above the floor. No big deal.

It was a complicated ask. The customer needed dollies that could not only help safely transport the missile but also support technicians while directly working on, assembling and testing its individual components. The two end cap dollies follow the shorter and longer carts to support the missile motor and electronics. All of the carts are fitted with our swivel casters with adjustable heights for smooth maneuverability, while our heavy duty ZB-style foot activated brakes provide instant positive locking. Two Y-shaped rollers on each end dolly ensure the missile can be revolved at all angles for easy access.

Wait a minute. Did we just up our cool factor by a thousand percent?

Here are the humble specs:

Long-Cart Missile Component Transport Cart

  • Capacity: 2,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 26" wide X 84"
  • Deck Material: Smooth steel sheet
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: 4 swivel casters with 8" diameter x 2" wide ErgoGlide polyurethane wheels fitted with precision ball bearings, 4-position swivel locks, and ZB style foot activated brakes
  • Superstructure:

    • 1 removable handle with 12 external pockets (2 on each end frame and 4 on each side frame) spaced to allow the handle to be placed in multiple locations
    • Cradles positioned so that center line of missile to be approximately 30" above the floor
    • 2 removable cradle assemblies lined with protective material.
    • Finish: Safety yellow epoxy
    • Weight: 340 lbs.
    • Dimensions: 30” x 88” x 28”

Short Cart Missile Component Transport Cart

  • Capacity: 2,000 pounds
  • Deck Size: 26" wide X 36"
  • Deck Material: Smooth steel sheet
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: 4 swivel casters with 8" diameter X 2" wide ErgoGlide polyurethane wheels fitted with precision ball bearings, 4-position swivel locks, and ZB style foot activated brakes
  • Superstructure:

    • 1 removable handle with 6 external pockets (2 on end frame and 2 on each side frame) spaced to allow the handle to be placed in multiple locations
    • Cradles positioned so that center line of missile to be approximately 30" above the floor
    • Finish: Safety yellow epoxy
    • Weight: 250 lbs.
    • Dimensions: 40” x 30” x 28”

End Cap Dolly (Qty 2)

  • Capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Cradle Height: Centerline of cylinders to be 30" off the floor
  • Cradle Material: Non-marking rollers
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: 4 swivel casters with 4" diameter X 2" wide Ergo-Glide polyurethane wheels fitted with precision ball bearings and ZB style foot activated brakes
  • Superstructure: Adjustable pedestal to provide approximately 4" of vertical travel. Two "Y" shaped roller assemblies with centerline approximately 30" off the floor
  • Finish: Safety yellow epoxy
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 24” x 24” x 27”

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This titanic trailer is twice as nice

No matter how buzzing the economy, everyone loves a two for one deal. So who are we to deprive our customers? This trailer we custom built for one of the country’s largest steel manufacturers offers the kind of hard-hitting value you’ve come to expect from Hamilton.

Sold through our distributor Forklifts of Toledo, it can transfer two humongous steel coils (each weighing more than 50,000 pounds) at a time, thereby doubling the typical amount that a forklift can carry. When you consider the fact that the most expensive part of forklift operation is its operator, you’re not only getting twice the payload with our Hamilton cart. It’s also twice the efficiency—and twice the value.

With a capacity of 120,000 pounds, this 90-inch-wide by 212-inch-long behemoth has room to accommodate two coils (each approximately 72 inches in diameter) without touching one another—getting them safely where they need to go on the factory floor.

Here are the specs that do the heavy lifting:

  • Description: Fifth wheel steer trailer
  • Capacity: 120,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 90" x 212"
  • Material: Steel frame/Steel deck
  • Steering Type: Fifth wheel
  • Running Gear: (8) 28” x 16” Press-on polyurethane tires
  • Couplers: Loop towing tongue; no rear hitch
  • Color: Safety yellow
  • Estimated Weight: 16,500 lbs.

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Hamilton custom dolly can haul a 20-ton pound of toilet paper without a single pitstop

If Godzilla needed toilet paper, we’re pretty sure our latest tailor-made dolly job would be just the ticket to help him stay clean as a whistle.

Behold, the Hamilton Caster Custom “Roll Buggy,” designed for a paper mill company to haul 40,000-pound rolls of toilet paper (you heard us). It features three custom engineered cradles to accommodate 100” x 204”-long rolls of toilet paper. Dual press-on polyurethane tires with tapered bearings keep the load rolling.

Can anyone guess how many lifetime supplies of TP this means?

And really, because the photo speaks for itself, we don’t think there’s anything more we need to share than these self-serving puns:

  • Hamilton: Forever we roll
  • Hamilton: The roll to last a lifetime
  • Hamilton: Nothing butt the best
  • Hamilton: Your treat for the seat

Got your own pun you just can’t resist sharing? Giddy up…

And here are the specs that keep on giving:

  • Description: Four Wheel Steer Cradle Trailer
  • Capacity: 50,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 90" x 170"
  • Steering Type: Four Wheel Steer
  • Running gear: Dual Press-On polyurethane tires with tapered bearings
  • Superstructure: 3 cradles (no rubber lining)
  • Couplers: Loop towing tongue in front and one in back
  • Color: Safety yellow
  • Other: 6 lashing rings

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These custom dollies are the MacGyver of tough engineering challenges

From the depths of the scrap yard to the remote corners of space, Hamilton has always sought to transcend barriers, overcome challenges and create opportunities to keep the world of manufacturing humming.

So we jumped at the chance to make it rain for a world leader in titanium dioxide production. The customer came to us with a pretty thorny design problem: How to transport 103-foot-long cooling pipes safely throughout their facility—through all kinds of weather, both indoors and out?

Our fearless engineers got busy architecting these custom dollies featuring a V superstructure lined with soft poly rollers to cradle, cushion and rotate the pipes for safe transport. Three dollies are used to haul each pipe, while ratchet straps provide extra stability. A receiver-style hitch on all four sides makes towing in any direction a breeze.

Quick. Put these specs in your pipe and smoke ‘em:

  • Description: Custom Pipe Dolly w/ V Superstructure
  • Capacity: 6,750 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 48" x 48"
  • Running gear - (4) S-7516-SPRT-4SL-FB Ground Support casters
  • Couplers: Receiver style hitch on all four sides
  • Other:
    • Soft poly cradle rollers: (8) W-630-SPB-3/4
    • Ratchet strap over for secure load

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In space, the only thing that screams is Hamilton quality trailers

Hamilton is no stranger to supporting aerospace systems, and this custom trailer we designed for a global leader in spacecraft and communication systems is no exception. The ask: Deliver a truck that’s reliable, safe and tough enough to transport special panels in the satellite assembly process.

Shock isolators at all four corners provide impact dampening for an unbelievably smooth ride. For safety, we conducted proof loading and designed the frame to withstand three times the actual 10,000-pound load. Critical welds were also masked off and left unpainted to allow for ongoing visual inspection.

Ground control to the major specs:

  • Capacity: 10,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 102" wide x 104-5/8" long
  • Deck Configuration: All welded structural steel "H" shaped frame with narrowed mid section-for improved access
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style – reversible tow
  • Running gear: Four Maxi-Duty Series swivel casters, each with 12” diameter x 4”-wide Nylast wheels fitted with ball bearings. Each caster to be fitted with position lock and Ergo-ZB-style foot activated brake
  • Couplers: Removable extended length tongue with towing eye that can be attached on both trailer end frames
  • 4 swivel jacks (1 at each frame corner)
  • Shock isolator supports at all 4 corners
  • 4 leveling feet (1 at each corner)
  • 2 lashing rings on each side frame (4 total)
  • Stenciling & Marking: Capacity stenciled on both side frames
  • Finish: White epoxy

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We call this customer's trailer “Black Magic”

They say a trailer of beauty is a joy forever. In this case, it’s also one tough material handler.

Check out this sleek custom number we created for a ag equipment manufacturing facility. Used to haul large, heavy tractor components over tough terrain, its deck is mastered from smooth sheet steel welded over a structural steel frame and center supports. Because the carts have to travel over rough gravel and asphalt between buildings, the axles are an extra heavy-duty version of a Hamilton standard, while rugged solid pneumatic wheels provide extra shock absorption. Tapered roller bearings ensure great towing power for miles each day. And the knuckle steering gives them the superior trailability of an auto-steer trailer, while keeping the deck height as low as possible.

“Hamilton products are consistent in their quality,” said our distributor Scott Smith from Barron Equipment, which provides material handling and manufacturing equipment to leading industrial manufacturers. “Our clients expect that. Downtime from failed parts is a productivity killer in an assembly line. We’ve found Hamilton to be a great strategic partner in helping us deliver for our customers.”

Here are the reliable specs:

  • Description: Four-wheel auto-steer trailer
  • Capacity: 6,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 84" wide x 180" long x 16-3/4" high
  • Deck Material: Smooth sheet steel
  • Steering Type: Two-wheel auto steering connected by drag line for four-wheel steering
  • Running gear: Four W-1650-SPRT-1-1/4 solid pneumatic wheels complete with tapered roller bearings
  • Couplers: Removable look-type towing tongue with quick release pins to allow tongue to be used at either end of trailer Rear: None
  • Finish: Black

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This is the Jason Voorhees* of trucks

It’s official. High heat products are flying off the shelves at Hamilton—and demand is spilling over to our custom jobs like molten lava. Take a project we did with one of the world’s biggest energy leaders. They tapped us to design and engineer a high heat trailer to cook transformers in an oven, prior to being carted out and painted.

To make this cart capable of withstanding a scorching 350 degrees Fahrenheit, we had to do three things:

  • Ensure our standard grease temperature requirements were up to snuff (they were) and wouldn’t turn to liquid
  • Replace the trailer’s fifth wheel, which is typically made out of Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMW), with Teflon
  • Update with a high-heat-compatible paint

It’s interesting that the customer insisted on using phenolic wheels instead of steel. Plastic phenolic wheels are gentle on floors, but not very long-lasting in the high-heat game. Floor protection was important enough to them that they were willing to exchange out the inexpensive wheels periodically with use.

Tread softly. But carry a smokin’ stick.

  • XT3068
  • Description: High-heat trailer
  • Capacity: 50,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 66” wide x 96” long x 18-5/8” to top of deck
  • Deck Material: Steel
  • Steering Type: Four-wheel steer
  • Running Gear: Dual 12” x 4” phenolic wheels with 1-1/4” tapered bearings. Wheels will be considered a wear item and may be replaced on an ongoing basis, due to phenolic wheels maximum operating temperature of 250 degrees F.
  • Couplers: Loop-type towing tongue
  • Stenciling & Marking: 50,000 lbs. capacity stenciled on the side of trailer
  • Color: Safety yellow

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