The XL 80 low-profile HDG features an 11-ft. (3.3 m) long hydraulic gooseneck with XL’s low-profile design, which is popular for its front-loading advantage.
XL Specialized Trailers features the lightweight XL 80 Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) in its lineup of trailers. This lowboy is rated at 80,000 lb. (36,287 kg) overall and 80,000 lbs. in 10 ft. (3 m) concentrated. The model provides a needed transport solution for lighter-duty equipment that contractors use and move every day.
The XL 80 low-profile HDG features an 11-ft. (3.3 m) long hydraulic gooseneck with XL's low-profile design, which is popular for its front-loading advantage. A five-position ratchet-style variable ride height allows users to adjust the neck height to fit their various loads. This new two axle construction lowboy is available in three options: a 44 ft. 6-in. (13.6 m) overall length with 24 ft. (7.3 m) in the well, a 46-ft. 6-in. (14.2 m) overall length with 26 ft. (7.9 m) in the well, or a 48-ft. (14.6 m) overall length with 27 ft. 6 in. (8.4 m) in the well. The short gooseneck allows for the main deck to stay as long as possible, an important factor for many users who may need to fit a long load or multiple small pieces of equipment onto the main deck.
The XL 80 low-profile HDG's main deck is constructed with four 14-in. (35.5 cm) tall, fully-cambered I-beams as well as 8- and 4-in. (20 and 10 cm) stubbed junior I-beams on 12-in. (30.5 cm) alternating centers. The robust main deck features a 22-in. (55.8 cm) loaded deck height with eight inches of ground clearance. With standard features including 31-in. (78.7 cm) front flip ramps, 6 bent D-rings per side, chain drops, 12-in. swing-out outriggers on 24-in. (61 cm) centers and raised apitong decking, this model is ready for work.
The bucket well at the rear of the main deck is made from the recessed last three cross members of the deck and includes a plate on the bottom, ideal for the bucket of an excavator to sit low in without damaging the cylinder. The boom trough in the rear bridge also comes with a plate on the bottom and provides a place for the arm to ride safely.
The rear bridge transition of 32 degrees features traction aids for loading, while the 9-ft. 6-in. (2.9 m) long rear deck has a 40-in. (101 cm) loaded deck height and is prepped for a flip axle. Optional bolt-on wheel covers are available as load bearing — for parking on — or semi-load bearing — for driving on — and can be removed when not in use for weight reduction.
“As construction equipment gets heavier, it is easy to keep building bigger trailers,” said Rodney Crim, vice president of sales at XL Specialized Trailers. “But job sites are full of smaller equipment too, so we wanted to design a trailer that was lightweight, sturdy and full of bonus features for those everyday hauls. Our XL 80 Low-Profile HDG trailer achieves that.”
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