The Etnyre's are OK ,Old one was a 1996 . It was a 55 ton ,Most of the problems with it come from the pony motor in the neck . Boss was of the mind that he wanted any truck on the place to be able to pull the lowboys . Hauled 3 Abrams tanks with the older one , it didn't like it but down the road we went .
They borrowed a truck with a wet kit and the Load King lowboy for about a month . I liked that a bunch .
They also had a Diamond mechanical neck 150 ton ... Total PIA . Always a weld broken somewhere .
They had a Load King rail trailer , Again the pony motor was the no 1 problem . The pinning mechanism would be no 2 kept a can of spray lube with it at all times . neck block linkage would be right at the top also .
That old Fruehauf in the 1st pic almost made me quit them once . It has a cylinder that needs good ground under it to raise the neck to disconnect . The only place one job super would let me unload was soft ground . 3hrs later I unloaded the crane I had on .... After pushing 4 feet of oak blocks into the ground ... 4 inches at a time .
The thing I like about those two units is they don't have fold down ramps Tiny.
We had two. The reason I say that is someone made an offer on our Trail King and purchased it, now we only have the Globe lowboy. The Trail King was a nice unit, I really liked the lock pin controlled by an air pot. Was a nice trailer to unbuckle the neck and snap it back together.
The Globe we have, well, it's a decent trailer, I understand Globe has changed management and they're trying to climb back in the fray. If that's the case, I don't think I can comment on current Globe units. But like I said, it's a decent unit. And one thing that's really nice about it, being a 50 ton three axle, is the rear axle has a bag that will lift the axle when you don't need it on the ground.
Thanks for the info Tiny. The mid-range plan is add a lowboy and tractor to move the equipment around without having to hire it out. Not there yet as the cost of moving is not more than the O&O of a truck and lowboy.
You have confirmed my thoughts on lowboys -
No pony motor - the ethanol wreaks havoc on all our small engines, last thing I want is a job shut down over a 5 hp Honda that won't start
Non-ground bearing - how many time does one unload tracked equipment on pavement or another nice hard surface?
50 or 55 ton tri-axle - buy more than one currently needs, I have never regretted that.
Willie I have a TK 14 tag trailer I bought new in '96. If the quality is still the same as it was back then they are one of the best IMO. With tires being outrageously expensive, an air lift third is a nice feature. No sense in wearing them out if you don't need them.
I have also kicked around the idea of a folding tail as well, like a Landoll, although they would have their minuses. Cost, maintenance and a taller load height would limit what could be hauled.
Landoll's have their place . Rubber tired stuff they work great . Had a 953 on one once . When you get used to the traveling axle part you'll find that it will let you pull a rabbit out of your hat now and then . had a d4 land locked inside of new sidewalks and drive ways . rolled the axles ahead and bridged over the new concrete . Boss wanted to bridge over everything with a lot of oak boards .... I pushed the easy button