This is the Jason Voorhees* of trucks
Saturday, Nov 03, 2018
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.
- 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