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Excavator facing forwards on lowboy?

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by Chopper95, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. Chopper95

    Chopper95 Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    Had never seen this done until maybe this spring when I spotted a Cat 336 facing forwards (stick curled in as usual but pointing towards the cab of the tractor) on a RGN lowboy and thought it was a little bizarre.

    But today I am cruising along and pass a Cat dealer hauling a 349 in one piece on 7 axles with the damn thing pointed forwards and the cab and the guy has the whole stick / boom assembly swung off to the passenger side of the trailer neck and the counterweight poking out the driver side rear end of the trailer.

    Is this to make axle weight or what in the world am I missing here? Never had seen anything like this done up until this year.
  2. 1693TA

    1693TA Senior Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    FAA Radar Engineer, (Retired)
    Farmington IL
    Most likely to scale correctly. I don't know if the counterweight is removable or not, but if so this may have been reasoned to save time/effort by not removing it.

    I've hauled them both ways in the past too and always looking for the best fitment on the trailer. Nothing this large however.
  3. AzIron

    AzIron Senior Member

    Jun 15, 2016
    On a lot of trailers boom back is the only way you can go to get the boom low enough and get weight on the drives
    Aarons81 likes this.