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Philippi-Hagenbuch Transport System Ideal for Heavy Equipment


November 19, 2012
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

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lowboyNovember 19, 2012, Peoria, Ill. – Philippi-Hagenbuch has officially launching its
revolutionary HiVol® Lowboy
Trailer
 and Vehicle
Recovery Tool 
system for transporting equipment. The two pieces of
equipment are designed to work independently or together as one integrated
system to haul the largest, heaviest off-highway equipment quickly, easily and
safely.

lowboyNovember 19, 2012, Peoria, Ill. – Philippi-Hagenbuch has officially launching its
revolutionary HiVol® Lowboy
Trailer
 and Vehicle
Recovery Tool 
system for transporting equipment. The two pieces of
equipment are designed to work independently or together as one integrated
system to haul the largest, heaviest off-highway equipment quickly, easily and
safely.

 

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The HiVol Lowboy Trailer-VRT combination is the
only system that provides the capacity necessary to haul Ultra Class rated
equipment, a standard for mining equipment such as drills, loaders and
high-capacity shovels. The system offers a hauling capacity of 400 to more than
2,000 tons.

 

Acting as the intermediary between the haul vehicle
and trailer, the VRT is key to allowing up to 22 percent more hauling weight
than the trailer alone. The VRT evenly distributes the load over the axles and
tires of the VRT, the haul truck and the trailer.

 

By distributing the weight of the load, PHIL’s
Ultra-Class Lowboy Trailer is able to haul the larger loads safely.

 

Transporting large equipment is much safer with the
HiVol Lowboy Trailer-VRT combination, as well. The VRT’s wide base provides
greater stability and balance for unparalleled control of the load during
transport.

 

While traditional lowboy trailers use a gooseneck
and require more time, manpower and effort to front load the trailer, the HiVol
Lowboy Trailer features a rear-load system, designed for safe, efficient loading
and unloading for all sizes of equipment. In fact, most pieces can be loaded or
unloaded in less than 20 minutes. The trailer’s rear axles swing out and drop
the deck to ground level while rear loading ramps descend. The equipment easily
walks up the ramp for fast, convenient loading. Additionally, the ramp is
designed to maintain a consistently flat plane with the deck of the trailer,
eliminating apex loading and potential damage to the idlers and rollers on
tracked equipment and the trailer. Once a machine has been secured on the
trailer, the ramps raise, and the axles swing back into transport mode, fully
containing the equipment for safe transport. At this point, the deck raises and
the trailer is ready to move.

 

In addition to enhancing safety, efficiency and
convenience, the HiVol Lowboy Trailer-VRT combination makes moving large
equipment far less expensive than traditional means. When a machine such as a
mining shovel moves under its own power, excessive pressure and unnecessary
wear is placed on the undercarriage: tracks, rollers and idlers. Because
replacing an undercarriage can cost up to $3 million, in most cases the system
easily pays for itself within the first year.

 

While intended to work as a unified system, the
HiVol Lowboy Trailer and VRT can operate independently of one another for added
versatility.

 

Philippi-Hagenbuch custom builds every HiVol Lowboy
Trailer to fit an operation’s exact needs and expectations. Overall, it is the
largest capacity heavy haul unit on the market, with a capacity that can exceed
1,600 tons. When not used in conjunction with the VRT, the trailer attaches to
a haul vehicle with Philippi-Hagenbuch’s standard six-way kingpin style hitch.
The trailer and hitch feature a low-maintenance design with minimal moving
parts, components and hydraulics for high uptime.

 

Building upon customer feedback, PHIL has enhanced
its VRT and Lowboy Trailer with the ability to have them operate without the
need of an off-highway truck. Through the use of a PHIL Dolly Interface System,
a tracked loader can be connected to the dolly with the ability to pull and
operate the VRT and Lowboy Trailer within a minesite environment. This
enhancement provides the added flexibility for mines to operate a VRT and
Lowboy Trailer without tying up an expensive prime mover for support
operations.

 

Every HiVol Lowboy Trailer and VRT is completely
assembled and tested by PHIL prior to shipment at its Peoria, Ill. factory. Due
to their size, both pieces are fully modular so they can be broken down easily
for shipment by legal load and reassembly onsite.