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Author: Created: 9/15/2013 8:20 AM
Trucks and Carts Blog
4/26/2017 3:16 PM  RssIcon

In the world of heavy-duty manufacturing, space can sometimes be at a premium. And that’s okay, when you’ve got Hamilton custom carts on the case.

We recently helped a world leader in wire and coating haul heavy coils in tight spaces. The customer had previously been racking up costly bills using expensive semi-trailer trucks to move product across the street from one building to the other. They needed a more user-friendly, cost-effective way to get the job done 24/7. And because there was no room to turn the trailers, Hamilton designed a reversible train system that easily changes direction. Tongue couplers at both ends make it easy to attach and disconnect tuggers moving to and from the two buildings.


Toot, toot. All aboard that gravy train to better productivity.

Here are the tech specs:

  • Description: All Steel Reversible Four Wheel Steer Trailer
  • Capacity: 25,000 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 102" W x 168" L x 19-1/4” H
  • Deck Material: Diamond Tread Plate Steel
  • Steering Type: Four Wheel Steer
  • Running Gear: 8 dual mounted, 12" diameter x 4" wide Superlast® polyurethane wheels with tapered roller bearings
  • Couplers: Tongue at each end of train of 2 and permanently coupled, designed for reversible towing; tongue when not in use will stay in the upright position
  • Other:
    • Slots in the deck for McMaster-type hook straps
    • Reflectors around the edges and tail lights with plug in front to plug in lift truck
    • 12 McMaster-type hook down straps to fit in slots provided on the trailer
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3/27/2017 3:20 PM  RssIcon

Nothing says productivity plus like a trailer built to save money and human muscle. Case in point: This custom trailer we recently designed to haul large circulating water pump motors from warehouse to power plant.

Before

The customer had previously been using heavy timbers to mount and house the motors. Not only were the timbers cumbersome for crews to remove manually; the motors also required expensive crane rentals for transport. The customer was also keenly aware of how towing is safer than lifting with a crane, due to less inherent risk.

We designed a special square trailer that doubles as both storage platform and hauling hero. The motors can safely rest on Hamilton trailers until moving day—all that’s needed is a forklift hookup and they’re ready to roll. With an 80,000-pound capacity, the trailers also give the 54,000-pound motors plenty of breathing room. We also provided a hole in the truck’s center for the motor’s coupling to pass through. Added chain hooks keep cargo snug and secure on the decks.

After

Because, you know, safety first.

  • Model No. XT2889
  • Open frame double fifth wheel steer with lockouts
  • Capacity: 80,000 lbs
  • Deck Size: 120" wide x 120" long
  • Deck Material: open-frame
  • Steering Type: double fifth wheel steer with lockouts
  • Running Gear: eight dual mounted 22" diameter x 10" wide press-on polyurethane wheels with tapered roller bearings
  • Couplers: loop-type towing tongue at each end, each 26" high above the floor
  • Other- tie down rings, four total, one at each corner
  • Stenciling & Marking: "80,000 lbs capacity" stenciled on each side frame
  • Color: yellow epoxy finish
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3/27/2017 3:20 PM  RssIcon

They may not be Ansel Adams or Annie Leibowitz, but we sure think they’re something special. The marketing team here at Hamilton has invested in some photographic masterpieces over the years and rather than store these gems away in our electronic vaults, we thought we’d share a nice collection of our flagship and custom engineered products.

We updated the caster flagship, truck flagship, and truck archive galleries. From inline stainless steel casters to custom trailers for oilfield platforms, to a behemoth caster toting a whopping 100,000 lbs. we show you some of our pride and joys.

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2/1/2017 3:21 PM  RssIcon

Like a jungle cat that moves low to the ground to stalk its quarry, this custom cart we recently built really knows how to pounce on heavy prey. Called a lowrider, it’s being shipped to Korea to go to work in the oil industry and can carry up to 6 tons of crushing weight. And yet its disarmingly playful yellow wheels make you feel like a kid again.

Here are the specs:


  • Description: Wood deck, steel frame straight line dolly
  • Capacity: 13,200 lbs. (6 tons)
  • Deck Size: 27-1/8" wide x 59" long x 5-1/8" high
  • Deck Material: 2" hardwood deck, steel frame
  • Running Gear: Twelve W-420-AYB-3/4 POLYLAST anti-static/anti-spark polyurethane tread wheel on aluminum center with precision ball bearings
  • Color: Woodwork sanded and varnished; steelwork painted epoxy yellow
  • Shipping Dimensions: 60” long X 34” wide X 6” high
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12/13/2016 3:18 PM  RssIcon

In our never-ending quest to move loads as safely as possible, Hamilton now offers custom e-Power Cart Solutions. With a payload capacity range from 2,000 to 40,000 lbs., our motorized carts can help eliminate all manual operations to get the job done safer and more efficiently.

Research from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety shows that push/pull forces in excess of as little as 35 pounds can contribute to musculoskeletal workplace injuries. Powered carts can help you move heavy payloads while achieving your ergonomic and performance goals. Here’s how you can benefit:

  • Reduce employee injuries from strain and fatigue
  • Safely transport materials through production
  • Improve your ergonomic footprint
  • Boost employee morale and productivity
  • Increase your bottom line

Keep work zones forklift free
Especially handy for when you’ve exhausted all manual transport options for heavy loads, powered carts offer easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Many carts can pivot from the center point, making rotating cargo in tight spaces a snap. Motorized carts are also ideal for moving stock that final distance from trailer trains to the assembly line. There’s no need to transfer materials from a warehouse trailer to a smaller conveyance for manual handling. No need to use a forklift for lateral transport. The powered cart does it all.

A flexible workhorse
Take the unique dual-purpose trailer featured in the photo (above?). It can tow heavy loads long distances as a conventional trailer as well as maneuver cargo into final position for production. Since anyone can position the loaded trailer without additional help, powered carts can be a safer, more versatile and more economical choice in the long run when every minute counts on production floors.

Operating the powered trailer is easy. The drive wheels automatically retract when you lower the towing tongue to enable safe and easy transport. Raise the tongue for manual maneuvering and the wheels come down, ready for powered movement.

The cart comes with running gear to expedite manual operation, such as when you need to quickly align empty trailers for towing. It features 12” Hamilton Ergo-Glide Polyurethane wheels to minimize rolling friction and maintenance-free front Spinfinity casters with 8” x 3” Swivel-EAZ® wheels. With a spacious 36” x 72” deck, the cart can tow up to two tons of precious cargo. The CP00070 wishbone and companion CP00120 pintle hitch provide safe and practical towing.

The electric drive unit is variable speed, retractable for towing, and has intuitive hand controls with a back-up safety brake, horn, and battery level indicator. On/off switches are keyed for controlled access, while rechargeable batteries offer hours of manual operation.

Got a custom job that needs a power tow from Hamilton carts and trailers? Lay your specs on us here.

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11/14/2016 5:01 PM  RssIcon

You know we can’t resist anything that rolls. #wheelsrule

When a Fortune 1000 company needed custom trailers for their new four million square foot facility, Hamilton engineers were ready to roll with a solution.

After sizing many different decks to suit the customer’s needs, we designed a roller trailer to transfer palletized goods on and off the deck safely and securely along the production line, making it easier than ever for workers to load/offload product from assembly to either warehousing or shipping. Removable side rails allow manual access via forklift, if necessary.

“Moving away from forklifts has been a growing safety trend in manufacturing plants,” said Dave Lippert, President.” One way to move materials smartly and safely without forklifts is with a properly designed trailer like this one.”

It’s nice to have options, though. So this trailer includes removable side rails for manual access via forklift, if necessary.


With two rows of rollers arranged lengthwise on the trailer frame, the deck features removable rear-end stops and fixed front end stops (one set for each roller lane) to secure product in place during travel. For added stability, ZB style foot activated brakes on both front wheels ensure precious cargo doesn’t slide anywhere it isn’t intended.

Tech Specs

  • Capacity: 3,500 pounds
  • Frame Size: 84" wide X 156" long
  • Useable Deck Space: 81-1/4" wide X 156" long
  • Roller Deck Height: 18"
  • Deck Material: 2 rows of rollers arranged length wise on the trailer frame
  • Steering Type: Single 5th wheel style
  • Running Gear: (4) 10" diameter X 2-1/2" wide Duralast® polyurethane wheels with tapered bearings. Each front wheel equipped with ZB style foot activated brake
  • Front coupler: Tongue with towing eye
  • Moveable rails on each side of deck, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • (2) permanently attached, full width "U" shaped load stops on front of cart, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • (2) removable "U" shaped load stops at rear of cart the trailer, approximately 12” above top of rollers
  • Color: Safety Blue

Visit CartsandTrailers.com to see more custom trucks.

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10/13/2016 2:51 PM  RssIcon

Just ask our friends in the oil and gas industry. Hamilton recently partnered with an international productivity solutions provider to custom-engineer two trailers specifically designed to load and transport large, cumbersome components for assembly.

“Handling these parts can be challenging. They’re heavy and irregularly-shaped, not to mention fairly expensive,” said John Yater, Hamilton lead design engineer on the project. Yater and his team worked with the customer to create safe, cost-effective and modular trailers that could be secured and handled in multiple ways. Productivity, check. Safety, check, check.


XT2814

The XT2814 trailer—designed to support wellheads—is a quick study in ergonomics. It’s got an extra thick deck armed with forged adjustable clamps that are perfect for locking down flanges of all different sizes and thicknesses. No flanges? No problem. Lashing rings can be used to secure the load. Its rear tube bumper is designed for easy power pushing, while the tubing sub-frame is lined with internal guides to mate easily with a lift table. Everything rolls on our indestructible Superlast® wheels: their steel centers and thick polyurethane treads ensure a quiet, gentle ride for giant loads, while the caster swivel locks keep maneuverability stable during transport.


XT2813

Just like the XT2814, the XT2813—engineered for valve trees—is designed for easy loading and transport with the same casters, tube bumper and fork pockets. It’s also highly adjustable for both assembling and disassembling parts. A wide range of parts can be moved in four different directions: left and right, up and down. The deck is slightly tilted so that oil can properly drain out one end.

Here are all the specs:

XT2814:

  • Description: Assembly trailer
  • Capacity 8,000 pounds
  • Deck Size: Approximately 36” wide X 36" long
  • Deck Height: Approximately 24-1/4"
  • Deck Material: Plate deck with t slots
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: S-SEC-83SYT-4SL
  • Side entry fork pockets: 12-3/4" clearance between bottom of cart and floor
  • Color: Light Gray Epoxy

XT2813:

  • Valve Assembly Trailer
  • Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Deck Size: Approximately 48" wide X 96" long
  • Deck Material: Open frame
  • Steering Type: Swivel caster style
  • Running Gear: S-SEC-83SYT-4SL
  • Side Entry Fork Pockets: 12" clearance between bottom of cart and floor
  • Color: Gray Epoxy
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8/29/2016 8:04 AM  RssIcon

Bring us your Cretan bulls, your nine-headed Hydras. Our new colossal-sized trailers are ready to take on your toughest towing battles, pronto.

Hamilton is proud to announce Hercules, a new line of pre-engineered super duty industrial trailers. With a load capacity range of 20,000 to 40,000 pounds per trailer, they’re ready to power blaze their way through any plant. Plus they’re engineered for quick turnaround, and available to ship with an unmatched lead time of four to five weeks (most high capacity industrial trailers have a minimum lead time of seven to eight weeks).


Hercules trailer with a load rating of 20,000lbs.

Just how much tout-suite muscle are we toting? The Hercules line is available in a total of 10 standard deck sizes that range from 4-feet-wide x 8-feet-long to a whopping 5-feet-wide by 24-feet-long. Ideal for hauling tooling, dies, molds, structural steel bars, rolls, cylinders and plate steel, the series is grouped in 20K, 30K, 35K and 40K load capacities designed for severe loading and power towing conditions.

Our design engineers selected heavy duty press-on polyurethane wheels that range from 14-inch to 22-inch diameters on the 20K and 40K load trailers, respectively. And with its forged steel loop designed for extreme loads and solid fifth-wheel steering construction, these trailers are destined for years of service-free wear and tear.

Want to meet Hercules in the flesh? Check out our product page for more information. And be sure to bring your best muscle tee. If trailers had biceps, ours would flex in their sleep.

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8/22/2016 10:38 AM  RssIcon

In the Oil and Gas Industry, moving heavy, odd shaped components is common. Doing so in a safe and productive way can be challenging. Hamilton teamed up with a leading international provider of sustainable productivity solutions to provide the end user with a robust cart designed specifically for economically moving wellheads through an assembly process. The extra thick deck is slotted for t-nuts and forged adjustable clamps that adjust and secure a multitude of flanged components with varying flange diameters and thicknesses.

The cart has a tubing “bumper” to facilitate propulsion by a power pusher. Underneath, that same tubing sub-frame is lined with guides to align the cart over a lift table for assembly work. The lift table raises the component to a height that suits the worker. Internal rectangular fork guides provide access for fork trucks lifting the cart. Lashing rings can be used to secure the load to the cart, or the cart to something else.

Heavy duty 8” diameter X 3” wide Superlast wheels, with tapered bearings, are mounted into forged steel kingpinless rigs. These wheels feature indestructible forged steel centers and thick polyurethane treads to provide quite operation, floor protection, and ample load capacity. Caster swivel locks can be used to provide directional stability during transit, yet maximize cart maneuverability when needed.

XT2814 Technical Specifications

  • Raised deck assembly dolly
  • Capacity – 8,000 lbs
  • Deck Size 36” x 36” x 24-1/4” high
  • Tubular steel, internal fork pockets
  • Tube steel undercarriage designed to mate with lift table
  • Extended push bumper to mate with power pusher
  • (4) S-SEC-83SYT-4SL Swivel Casters
  • Deck material is extra beefy 1” thick mild steel
  • Deck slotted to accommodate clamps
  • (4) Heavy duty forged steel clamps with 5” grip
  • (8) Heavy duty forged steel lashing rings
  • Light Gray 2 part epoxy
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8/4/2016 9:02 AM  RssIcon

Of all the special finishes requested for Hamilton trailers, galvanizing may be the most unique. The concept is to make something metallic corrosion resistant by immersing it in a molten zinc bath. Anticipating the galvanizing process, engineering applied some very specific features. For example, the design required extra holes for air release and draining. No part of the trailer could have potential for an air pocket. Under the extreme zinc bath temperatures, which can reach 800 degrees Farenheit, trapped gasses can cause an explosion.

Building a galvanized trailer required some non-standard production procedures. Normally a trailer is fully welded and then assembled. For galvanizing, the trailer had to be hot-dip galvanized in separate pieces. This meant we delayed assembly to send five major components to galvanizing. Assembly occurred after returning from being galvanized.

This trailer is designed to move a large heavy duty filter to and from a maintenance shop. The travel path is 300 meters over asphalt road. Large 16” diameter solid pneumatic wheels with tapered roller bearings are ideal for varying paved terrain under relatively heavy loads. The trailer capacity is 10,000 lbs. Key features include two removable cradles, four robust handles, perimeter lashing rings for securing the load, and fifth wheel steering with a directional tongue lock. The customer wanted to be able to lock the steering wheels into a straight position to allow for pulling with a winch. The cradles are removable so the trailer has a secondary use as a typical flat deck fifth wheel steer trailer. The cradles are bolted directly to the frame to minimize fastening hardware. For safety and convenience, the towing tongue can be locked in the vertical position. The 44” trailer width assures lateral stability with the load in place, considering a 25” deck height and a large cylindrical filter secured on top of that.

XT2821 Technical Specifications

  • Fifth Wheel Steer trailer
  • Deck Size 44” x 96” x 25” high
  • Capacity – 10,000 LBS
  • Lashing rings around complete perimeter
  • Steel semicircle cradles
  • Loop type towing tongue with pintle hitch at the rear
  • 16” x 5” solid pneumatic rubber-tired wheels
  • Wheel bearings are precision tapered roller bearings
  • Slippery Uhmw 5th wheel assembly with Alloy steel Kingpin
  • Heavy duty handles in each corner
  • Hot-dipped galvanized finish
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