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getting a tank up a hill...=loader towing

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by carkey351, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. carkey351

    carkey351 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    this was a bad start to the day...finally got the tank unloaded and in the garage.. even tried to use my pickup to pull the tag axle straight to make the corner easier...apparently a 3/4 ton pickup can't drag a semi tag axle very far...contrary to popular belief tanks are absolutely horrible for traction on ice and packed snow, in case you didn't know.Thumbs Up I LOVE my job...




  2. ajbernie

    ajbernie Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 33

    cool pics whats the story behind the tank
  3. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    How does that tag axle work? I'm not sure I've seen that before. Googling "tag axle" just gives me common lift/deploy dead axles.

    Does it attach with something like an industrial-size version of weight distributing spring bars used on camper travel trailers that pushes down on it while allowing it to articulate?
  4. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,731

    whats with the tank? looks like an abrams??
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I was just talking to an Ex-marine the other day and he was telling funny stories of tanks going downhill on ice and snow! just hold on tight!!
  6. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    I know we're expecting a big storm, but don't you think that's a little overkill? wesport
  7. bossman22

    bossman22 Senior Member
    Messages: 104


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Thats funny right there, I don't care who you are thats funny right there.

    And you definatly don't see that everyday. What size deere? 744? What were they doing with that tank?
  9. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    hmm looks like you coulda used tire chains for the truck
  10. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    they are called a stinger, and attach to the rear of the lowboy, and can use air or hydraulics to help equalize the weights.
  11. carkey351

    carkey351 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    it's a national guard tank that we use at the local armory for training (inside) in preparation for a summer gunnery (shooting the big bullets through them -120mm -or 4.72inches for you non metric folk.)
    I am not the truck driver so to answer the 'tag axle' question i just know that it satisfies the DOT requirements of 'spreading the weight out' since it tips the scales at over 68tons.

    Due to a required city route of taking that hill and it not being salted or sanded enough it required a pull from the big loader (don't know what size but it is big). Got the route changed so when they bring the 2nd one this won't happen again.

    They were not transporting due to the big storm (LOL) :laughing:since we have only gotten a dusting in a week and a half's time...:cry:

    A big thank you is in order to all of you on P.S. since your diligence in paying your taxes allows me to play/train on this great equipment.ussmileyflag

    P.s. it was dicey enough just trying to get it to turn into the parking lot/garage bay....would have never made it up the hill...(but in the summertime it's a different story altogether)
  12. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 Senior Member
    Messages: 679

    Nice lowboy. You starting your own military? I hear Egypt is looking for some people.
  13. carkey351

    carkey351 Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    not a chance...even with all the problems we have here it is still WAY better to be in the U.S.A. -I couldn't begin to afford one of these. This is a re-furb and so I am told costs less than 2mil. and the other point is that they still don't sell them to the public; although Egypt does have these same tanks -so if you see them on the news you'll recognize it.
  14. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    anyone else thinking "what size plow you think that thing can handle?" :rolleyes:
  15. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Not after reading this:
    Then again...maybe one of these can do the job:
  16. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    armored bulldozer thats awesome
  17. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    If he had chains on he would have bean fine. In Northern Maine they haul over 200,000lb of pulp with tandom axle trucks on private roads. The pulp trucks up there take corners like that every day and they go just fine with chains on.
  18. Squires

    Squires Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    It needs growsers then it would be finest kind :jester:

    I used to drive tracked APC's and without them yes they were terrable, your thred's are solid rubber blocks, like having over sized hockey pucks for traction
  19. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,731

    I find it ironic how we sell all our equipment overseas to countries that very well could use them against us....so much for staying ahead.
  20. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 Senior Member
    Messages: 679