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Talbert Customizes 70-USt Trailer for Atlas Crane Services

Apr. 12, 2023 - Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul trailers, has completed a customized version of its 70SA-RC-RA trailer for Atlas Crane Services Inc. of Aurora, Illinois.

This custom-engineered trailer enables multiple axle configurations to meet Atlas’ requirement for optimum versatility.

The trailer’s unique design features a flip extension to accommodate a tri-axle jeep dolly in order to handle maximum loads.

Talbert’s E3Nitro self-tracking axle extension accommodates a 3+3+3 configuration to enable proper weight distribution and weight transfer.

The trailer maintains a 70-ton rating at half the deck length and offers a 6” road clearance when loaded.

Talbert recently featured the custom-built 70SA-RC-RA trailer at the ConExpo trade show in Las Vegas.

“At Talbert, we understand that every customer’s needs are unique, and we take pride in delivering customized solutions that meet those requirements,” said Troy Geisler, vice president of sales and marketing at Talbert. “Our partnership with Atlas Crane Services is a prime example. We don’t just sell trailers. We get to know our customers and the industries they serve. Our team ensures that when we receive an order from a customer, they are getting a trailer that is custom-engineered to fit their unique operations.”

The 70SA-RC-RA features a wide center bolster for axles 1 and 2, and 2 and 3, as well as a rear half bolster with a lightweight design of axle 3 to ensure even weight distribution from the truck to the rear of the trailer.

The specialized trailer can run with 3, 4 or 5 axles in a row and offers a 120” swing radius with a gooseneck extension for up to a 222” swing radius.

The trailer comes complete with lightweight components and flexible, lightweight fenders over axles 1, 2 and 3, to ensure Atlas Crane’s ability to conform to weight regulations without sacrificing durability.

“We needed a trailer that could withstand the demands of transporting cranes to construction sites or maintenance equipment to wind energy locations, and Talbert listened by designing a trailer that is versatile and adaptable to meet the needs of our operations,” said Todd Sauer, director of operations at Atlas Crane Services. “Talbert approaches trailers not as a simple commodity, but rather looks at the whole picture and being attentive to the needs of the customer. This approach is what keeps me coming back to do business with Talbert for 25 years and counting — they listen to what I’m asking for and then get to work building a trailer that meets the exact specifications I need.”

Designed for trailers with capacities to 85 tons, the E3Nitro axle extension uses a combination of hydraulic fluid and nitrogen to equalize axle pressures.

The technology provides proportionate weight distribution in each axle grouping, adding the versatility that haulers like Atlas Crane Services need to run in the 3+3+3 configuration.

The E3Nitro axle extension optimizes the range of suspension movement, which minimizes stress and provides a smooth ride.

In addition, the E3Nitro features a bearing pivot and pivot lockout for backing the trailer.

Users can also hydraulically lock in axle loads regardless of the terrain.

The E3Nitro, part of a series that includes the E2Nitro and E1Nitro, comes standard with two-speed dual landing gear for optimal stability when disconnected from the trailer.

The 70SA-RC-RA comes complete with Talbert’s heavy-duty T-1, 100,000-psi minimum yield steel for extreme durability and longevity and Valspar R-Cure 800 paint with clearcoat to prevent corrosion.

This long-lasting finish helps lengthen trailer life for maximum return on investment.


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