Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing, sees continued demand for heavy-haul trailers for construction applications as private and public building construction spending continues to rise.
This year has been busy for heavy-haul trailer sales, with the biggest demand prior to the construction season as contractors prepared for transporting construction equipment. We anticipate a strong finish to the year because customers are still replacing trailers or adding on to their current fleet that includes older models with newer, more efficient alternatives. For example, contractors maximize their equipment fleet’s mobility by using multiple trailers to transport equipment while taking on projects with overlapping schedules.
As the construction industry continues to thrive, a large percentage of our heavy-haul sales come from contractors transporting large construction equipment, such as excavators and compactors, for road and general construction applications. There are indicators that the trend will continue. The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, reported the value of commercial, residential and public construction work was $961 billion in 2014 — the highest level since 2008. It’s a 5.6-percent increase over 2013, and that growth is expected to climb. This means contractors might be buying more heavy-duty equipment and building materials, such as concrete culverts, which require transporting to construction projects around the United States.
To transport the equipment and materials, contractors and haulers turn toward trailer manufacturers for efficient hauling solutions that match pace with the growing industry as well as maximize their flexibility and capacity for achieving the best ROI. There are several trailer series that are ideal for this industry, including the close-couple and spread-axle series, raised centers and roller-paver series lowbed trailers. Talbert’s jeep and E-Nitro systems can add one, two or three axles to optimize weight distribution for larger capacity trailers.
One ideal model for the construction industry is the 55SA, a hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailer with 55-ton (50 t) hauling capacity. The lowboy series model features a 20-in. (51 cm) deck height and a 6-in. (15 cm) deck clearance for maximum flexibility in hauling construction equipment, such as excavators, for jobs around the country.
To further enhance load-hauling capabilities, the trailer can be designed with flip axles and spreader bars to meet state bridge laws. The trailer can be custom designed with flat, raised center/drop side, beam or telescopic decks to meet equipment hauling needs. The high-strength, 100,000-psi steel, four-beam deck design with solid I-beam construction allows concentrated load capacities rated at half the deck length. And, the four-cylinder hydraulic removable gooseneck provides maximum lift and load height.
For more information, call 800/348-5232 or visit www.talbertmfg.com.