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Author Topic: Before Pulling Your Mill....Check and Re-Check!  (Read 5388 times)

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Re: Before Pulling Your Mill....Check and Re-Check!
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2018, 08:25:23 AM »
We don't know how far he is planning to move.  Whatever it takes!     Regards, Clark

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« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2018, 09:18:48 AM »
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Re: Before Pulling Your Mill....Check and Re-Check!
« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2018, 10:42:07 AM »
I bet it was a twenty something that borrowed a trailer to move from one crummy apartment to another. I have 3 twenty somethings, so dont ask how I know. :D
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Re: Before Pulling Your Mill....Check and Re-Check!
« Reply #43 on: August 08, 2018, 10:24:35 PM »
Not a mill, but close.

A couple of months ago I had a client who had walnut tree taken down for a remodeling project and the tree service agreed to bring two logs to my mill site.  The owner's wife showed up with a fancy pickup and a big dump trailer (14K).  There were about 6 "logs" in the trailer and she asked where I wanted them.  I told her to dump them where she was and I would move them with the forklift.  

As the trailer was lifting the logs started to slide and at the tipping point, the hitch flew into the air, until one chain caught it.  The hitch was padlocked but the trailer had a 2 5/16" coupler and she had a 1 7/8" ball on the hitch.  Had to unlock the hitch, change the ball (it was a 3-way), and then unload the trailer with the forklift until the load shifted enough to let the trailer down.  Made sure the breakaway cable was connected. Good thing she didn't hit a big bump on the highway.  She had no idea how long it had been that way, apparently she had been using the trailer for brush, instead of logs.

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Many years ago, I worked a crash where a construction crew was pulling a big GD compressor south on State Line Rd.  Hit a bump and the unlocked pintle hitch opened up.  Compressor tongue clipped the back of the pickup, then crossed the center line at 35 mph, and hit an oncoming station wagon almost head-on, tongue went through the driver's compartment and elderly driver, in the other state.  Instant fatality (and mine to work since the first damage occurred in our state) and huge settlement.  

Maintaining your equipment, and following the rules is so important, although hopefully you'll never need to find out why.  
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Re: Before Pulling Your Mill....Check and Re-Check!
« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2018, 01:44:17 AM »
Many years ago, I worked a crash where a construction crew was pulling a big GD compressor south on State Line Rd.  Hit a bump and the unlocked pintle hitch opened up.  Compressor tongue clipped the back of the pickup, then crossed the center line at 35 mph, and hit an oncoming station wagon almost head-on, tongue went through the driver's compartment and elderly driver, in the other state.  Instant fatality (and mine to work since the first damage occurred in our state) and huge settlement.


Seen the aftermath of a similar unhitching locally. The actual towbar on the vehicle failed and turned loose a trailer and boat at ~60mph. Safety chain and coupling held, but the whole bar they were attached to came loose. Again the drawbar went through the windscreen of an oncoming car and killed the driver instantly.  I think the company / engineer that designed and built the towbar got shut down over that one. Design was too flimsy and poorly welded. 

Any major "modification" to a car here in NZ has to be certified by a qualified transport engineer. The companies that make the towbars have someone qualified to certify their standard or custom designs. So you can order a standard certified towbar for your car, and your local mechanic can fit it. Something got missed in that case, and a weak design got approved. 

Another guy got charged with manslaughter or similar when he lost a trailer and it took out a couple of kids on the footpath. Coupling was worn and I think wrong size, no safety chain, and the trailers safety inspection had expired by a couple of years (would have picked up the worn coupling and missing chain). The cops charged both the driver, and his employer who owned the trailer.
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