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I can't speak on the drop side trailer as I don't think I ever saw one. We are getting a new tri axle 30T to tow behind the wood truck or dump truck with the air tilt. We have a Rottne harvester that will go to the max height of 13 foot 6". We had a trailer just like yours we had the side extensions welded out to get our machines on it because of width. Around here you wouldn't be able to use that dropside as you would be bottomed out in the forestry roads, nice on the road I would imagine low center of gravity. Good luck in whatever you decide.
I have a 5yrs old pitts non ground bering. I had a ground bering and with loading on roads heavy equipment it will leave a nice circle dent sometimes several inches deep. Mine is air ride and adjustable neck. On even ground I can slam it within 3 inches to the ground or in 1 minute I can adjust it atleast 14in high. Easy to detach. I detach and leave the neck on semi and go to town and eat lunch then go back to work. At the time ruffle 5 yrs ago I spent 42k. Main thing we use it for is trackhoe. And dead machinery recovery...
I appreciate the info guys. Im not in a rush to upgrade, been looking and this one finally came up for sale. We don't normally spend money unless the deal is right, the guy has dropped his price pretty hard. 2 other bigger loggers I know have dropsides, claim it's the way to go. Trying to stay away from a 50ton because my father isn't the type to tell someone NO, I want no part of the 330-345 size stuff. 80% of my iron won't have a problem with the rails, our small dozers rarely see a lowboy but again got to ask around. Anymore we don't put a truck or trailer into a hole, let someone else destroy their truck, we had a brand new 20ton eager beaver tag trailer destroyed in 1997 ? Moving a 518 backing into a bad place, been down that road. I carry aluminum blocks with this lowboy for the neck, you do have to watch dragging or getting hung up. I've stayed away from any new iron being pennyless with my divorce, I'm hoping to write 1x more check when I get home then go look at this trailer if its still there in a week. 😂 We where at Milton Cat in Clifton Park the other day and they want to play let's make a deal on some used forestry iron they cant find homes for, the only way im going to get decent money out of that forwarder and delimber i have is to trade it to them on low hr stuff. I don't want to own anything I can't move myself, that's why im wondering how you guys are moving these harvesters and 8 wheelers At somepoint there will be a "564/574 Cat" question posted on here 😂
I could write for hours on how bad a Cat forwarder is..
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