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Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer trailer


 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:41 am    Post subject: Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The larger trailers have angle steel laid corner up for decking on the beavertail. Seems like great traction for climbing up on to the trailer.

I'm redecking a small 6x10 with 2' beavertail skidsteer trailer and want to do the same. It doesn't need 1/4" thick angles like the big trailers though. Don't need the weight or the expense.

1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 1/8" thick angles, every 3", would be the equivalent of a 1/8" plate steel floor, only stronger. 1/8" is what my dump trailer has and it's rated to haul a skidsteer. Maybe I could even space them a bit farther apart.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer traile Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some sort of expanded metal would be a lot nicer. You get good traction on it and can even walk up and down it nice.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:34 am    Post subject: Re: Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer traile Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a trailer with an expanded metal ramp and it is a nightmare. Just keeps tearing off, can't keep it welded. Thanks for the suggestion though.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer traile Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Those are generally called "self cleaning" ramps or beavertails. The ones on my 30 ft. gooseneck 1/8 thick 2" 6 inches apart. I think that you could go more than three inches. The skid steer tires being smaller than a tractor concentrate the weight more, but they don't get much extra weight hung on them.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Angle steel for beavertail decking on a skidsteer traile Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wider spacing would definitely help on the weight. Thanks!
 
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