SAF-Holland touts world’s lightest fifth wheel

user-gravatar Headshot

SAF-Holland says its Holland FWAL lightweight aluminum fifth wheel — designed by the company and forged by aluminum producer Alcoa — is the lightest-weight fifth wheel in the industry. The aluminum fifth wheel is designed for standard-duty applications and forged from the same aluminum alloy as Alcoa’s aluminum truck wheels.

According to the company, the aluminum fifth wheel was field-tested with fleets utilizing tankers, bulk haulers and flatbeds hauling a variety of loads, including beverages, steel, cement, fuel, liquid and bulk food products, and refuse; it’s rated for 55,000 lbs. maximum vertical load and 150,000 lbs. maximum drawbar pull, and at 100 pounds lighter than competitive fifth wheels, haulers can load 100 pounds more per trip.

The aluminum fifth wheel utilizes Holland’s NoLube technology designed to completely eliminate the use of grease on the top plate, between top plate and bracket, and in the lock mechanism. The company says NoLube technology reduces maintenance time; decreases grease in the maintenance shop and the environment, which helps owners comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations; and saves on steer tire wear for a smoother and safer ride.

For more information, go to