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Fixed neck of detach?

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by MattR, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. MattR

    MattR Well-Known Member

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    Title says it all. I used to move my own equipment years ago. I had a detach. It's obviously a better more versatile setup. I sold it all and have since hired my moves.
    I'm considering getting another for my own convenience. I don't plan to move for others and I don't really move lots myself. I have a tag for moving the small stuff.
    So here's the question. I have a potential very nice older fixed neck / rear load tri axle lowboy trailer in line. The price is right, don't need a wet kit, and fewer moving parts. My concern is loading big units from the rear, up the ramps over the tires and down into the well. And of course there are fold out board supports in the well for wide units, but first that wide unit has to go over the narrow ass end before it gets to the well. With a 950 loader, no problem. But how about others? I have D6, D7s, D8H, 988A. Obviously it can be done. It has been done for 40 years. But are the savings worth the peril.
    I'm a bit gun shy. We had a D5 roll over off a trailer once.

    Experienced opinions sure are welcome

    Thank you
     
  2. Trashman

    Trashman Well-Known Member

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    just my opinion; buy the detachable neck, especially if you have operators other than yourself.
     
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  3. farmerlund

    farmerlund Senior Member

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    I had a fixed neck for ten years. welded strips of flat iron to the back to make it wider for loading. was still alittle sketchy when loading my D8H and larger excavator. Went to a detach with a Honda engine wet kit, I don't plan on going back anytime soon. If you can find a reasonably priced detach get that.
     
  4. MattR

    MattR Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking you're right. Thanks again for the replies. Matt
     
  5. treemuncher

    treemuncher Senior Member

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    First- you need to fix the spelling on the title of your post. It will attract more attention.

    For loading anything on tracks, I never want to load out on anything but a detach any more. I slid my PC200 off my old fixed neck trailer years ago. That was a ride that I will NEVER forget. Worst part was, there was really no other option for load location so after I got it back on 100% ground, I had to run it right back up the trailer for a second shot.

    I've had other load outs with fixed neck trailers over the years. If it on tracks, and even rubber, I would go with the detach every time if I had a choice. After my divorce, I sold off my 50 ton NGB triaxle trailer. If I ever needed to purchase another trailer, the detach would be my only choice. My safety is worth a lot to me. I do a lot of stupid dangerous stuff as it is so eliminating risk, when possible, is a good thing.
     
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  6. suladas

    suladas Senior Member

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    See it fairly often, last week seen a PC200 and a Deere 225 onto one. Seems ok to me, they had frozen snow covered tracks and didn't slid at all. One big thing I think is having a 9'6" wide beavertail. 8'6" is sketchy.

    Having said that I had a 8'6" stepdeck that I loaded my Deere 225 on for a year, fine when everything is dry but sketchy when it's not. Nearly slid it off the side once. With wide equipment like the hoe, you had only 2" side to side before the tracks would start to droop down and pull the machine to that side.

    I still prefer my ramps and tilt deck. I wouldn't own a detach because with the jobs I do it would be way too much hassle trying to unload in many places.
     
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  7. Hallback

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    General trailers, detachable neck for me!
     
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