Talbert Manufacturing Custom 70SA-RC-RA Trailer

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

The custom trailer maintains a 70-ton rating at half the deck length and offers 6-in. loaded road clearance.
The custom trailer maintains a 70-ton rating at half the deck length and offers 6-in. loaded road clearance.
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Talbert Manufacturing has built a customized version of its 70SA-RC-RA trailer for Atlas Crane Services Inc. of Aurora, Illinois. Featured during CONEXPO 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, this trailer incorporates multiple axle configurations based on customer requirements for versatility. The trailer’s design features a flip extension to accommodate a tri-axle jeep dolly, allowing for maximum load configurations.

Talbert’s E3Nitro self-tracking axle extension accommodates a 3+3+3 configuration for proper weight distribution and weight transfer. The trailer maintains a 70-ton rating at half the deck length and offers 6-in. loaded road clearance.

“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 of this. We don’t just sell trailers — at Talbert, 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 one and two and two and three, as well as a rear half bolster with a lightweight design of axle three for even weight distribution from the truck to the rear of the trailer. The specialized trailer can run with three, four or five axles in a row and offers a 120-in. swing radius with a gooseneck extension for up to a 222-in. swing radius. The trailer comes complete with lightweight components and flexible, lightweight fenders over axles one, two and three, which supports Atlas Crane’s ability to conform to weight regulations without sacrificing the durability required for heavy loads.

“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 of up to 85 tons, the innovative E3Nitro axle extension uses a combination of hydraulic fluid and nitrogen to equalize axle pressures. This provides proportionate weight distribution in each axle grouping, adding the versatility haulers like Atlas Crane Services need to run in the 3+3+3 configuration. The E3Nitro axle extension, a modernized version of a rigid bar used for the same purpose, supports the range of suspension movement, which minimizes stress. 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 larger series that includes the E2Nitro and E1Nitro, comes standard with two-speed dual landing gear for 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 durability and longevity and Valspar R-Cure 800 paint with clearcoat to prevent corrosion. This offers a long-lasting finish and another way for Atlas Crane Services to see a return on investment that can withstand the demands of heavy loads when traveling long distances. 

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