The Town of Irondequoit, N.Y.'s Department of Public Works was looking to replace some antiquated fleet assets.
To assist with the new assets' procurement, they looked to Nick Padulo, commercial and municipal account manager of Tracey Road Equipment in Rochester, N.Y.
The town would be replacing a 1998 lowboy and tractor that was nearing the end of its service life. The new tractor-trailer pair would be used to haul various equipment ranging from large excavators, dozers, to mini loaders and skid-steers. At times it would potentially be used to move double drum rollers.
Along with the transporting of equipment, the tractor-trailer pair also would transport pallets full of sandbags. The Town of Irondequoit borders three major waterways; over the last few years, it has utilized the sandbags to combat the rising lake water levels.
The Town of Irondequoit worked with Padulo to procure the new tractor-trailer pair, a 2021 Freightliner 122SD, and a 2020 Felling 35 ton XF-70 HDG (hydraulic detachable gooseneck).
"I sold both units, Irondequoit's DPW bought the truck from me because we [(Tracey Road Equipment], could offer the full package," said Padulo.
The Town of Irondequoit was familiar with the Felling brand, having purchase a Felling FT-16 IT-I, drop deck tilt bed trailer a few years earlier thru Tracey Road in 2018.
"They have enjoyed the quality product and like the fact it is offered on Sourcewell [Formally NJPA] and NYS OGS contracts which makes purchasing easy for muni's," said Padulo.
Sourcewell is a government agency that holds hundreds of competitively solicited cooperative contracts ready for use, with Felling Trailers being one of them. For more than 10 years Felling Trailers has held a contract as an approved vendor with Sourcewell.
Sourcewell members have the ability to purchase any of Felling's 240 trailer models at an exceptional value through Sourcewell's competitively solicited contract, according to the company.
"They [Town of Irondequoit's DPW], also like the fact that Felling is able to customize based on the customer's needs. They are loving the trailer," Padulo said.
Padulo worked with Irondequoit's department of Public Works to ensure that the 35-ton hydraulic detach would accommodate the load angle needs for their various equipment. This was done with a few custom specifications: custom 36 in. front fold over ramps in lieu of the standard 26 in., 35-degree approximate, full-height trunnion approach with grousers, full-length modular wheel covers and center decking.
Keeping operator safety and ease of use in mind, they also added extra D-ring tie-downs, amber strobe lights in the tailboard and an adjustable aluminum folding oversized load sign.
"The special front ramps, rear signage and lights all make the application easier for the operator," said Padulo.
For more information about Felling Trailers, visit www.felling.com.
This story also appears on Truck and Trailer Guide.