Oversize Load in Wisconsin
In early July Anita and I travelled to Wisconsin to attend a high school class reunion. Wednesday, July 5 found us driving north through Wisconsin, and as we pulled into one of the rest stops along Interstate 94 we found this strange sight.
A humungous truck and trailer sitting in the back of the truck parking lot. "Oversize Load" doesn't begin to describe this thing.
Not sure I'd like to be the guy to buy tires for this monster. Forty-eight tires on this end of the unit alone!
"Davenport Dryer, LLC" according to the logo. Their website is "Under Construction. McRae's Blue Book says they are a "Mfr. rotary dryers & coolers, dewatering presses, foundry molding machines rotary foundry equipment, sand screens & shakeouts" and they operate out of Davenport, Iowa.
Thirty-two tires on the bogey, and the tractor has fourteen. Ninety-four (94) total.
Here's the Motive Power for the whole shebang. Be interested to know what's under the hood.
Note the GVW rating just above the fuel tank.
This appears to be some sort of skid plate, perhaps to protect the ring part from road hazards. Appears to be spot-welded to the body of the device using simple angle-iron standoffs. The one pictured here is to the rear of the load; next pic shows the one toward the front.
This one obviously got into something and was broken off. I suspected that the crew was waiting for someone to come weld it back in place before proceeding to wherever they're taking the load.
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