Talbert Manufacturing’s 75-Ton Double Schnabel Trailer is designed for wind energy transport and also can be converted for use in heavy-haul construction transport. Units also are available in single and multiple combinations for wind towers. The self-sustaining, self-loading trailers have hydraulic-lift capabilities that eliminate the need for cranes during load or unload.
The trailers feature a 13-axle hauling configuration designed for two hauling applications – either an 80-meter wind tower base or a wind tower midsection. The main upper-front and rear goosenecks are standard HRG style and pinned in place on a column-style hydraulic Schnabel tower. The lower rear of the tower is equipped with two removable banana-style flange adapter plates for two tower sections. Units are equipped with both mechanical and remote rear steer capability. With optional HRG base sections and a 30-foot deck, the unit can be converted to haul construction and industrial equipment loads up to 75 tons.
For ease of operator use and added safety, the upper Talbert “power tower” is equipped with removable and adjustable upper guide tubes that minimize any rolling of the tower section during transport; and all Talbert Schnabel and power tower main hydraulic and air-operated controls are on the side of the gooseneck. The operator does not have to climb on the unit to engage lock pins.
The front Talbert Schnabel gooseneck is attached to a 3-axle jeep dolly with a 60-inch sliding fifth wheel to assist with the proper load distribution. The rear Talbert Schnabel gooseneck is attached to a 6-axle rear steer dolly that is rated for a 120,000-pound load. All six axles on the Talbert steer dolly are 10 feet wide for increased roll stability and safety. The front three axles are fixed and nonsteerable, while the rear three axles are designed for progressive steering as axle No. 6 will steer the maximum of 30 degrees. The unit also can be adjusted to steer faster or slower depending on the length of tower section being transported.