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New East Aluminum Dropdeck

Posted: August 1, 2014

East Manufacturing has announced the launch of a new aluminum dropdeck ‘beavertail’ trailer with level deck ramp system for heavy-duty applications. It offers a structural load rating of 80,000-lb beam capacity overall, and 60,000-lb beam capacity in a 10-foot area.

The newly designed dropdeck is said to have the same durability, strength, and payload of the East BST aluminum dropdeck trailer. Its strength is in the dual-T main beam and exclusive crossmember design, which balances load stresses more evenly for longer life and less maintenance. Its two T-shape extrusion sections of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy are welded, not bolted. The weld is in the middle of the beam where stress is minimal. Seamless tubed crossmembers are said to be more twist-resistant in a turn than conventional C-shaped and I-beam crossmembers. The patented East crossmember is also said to be more aerodynamic with no open cavities for the buildup of ice, snow, mud, etc.

Rated for 23,000-lb capacity per axle, the beavertail ramp section allows cargo to easily roll up onto the lower deck. That section folds up to become part of the usable deck surface. Decks are available in all-aluminum or wood. The beavertail comes standard with a Hendrickson HT250US air-ride suspension. The Tri-Functional bushing of the HT series, in unison with a rigid beam and solid-axle connection, provide the ideal combination of ride softness and roll stability, says East.

The company also offers optional load scales for more accurate weighing of payload at the dock, reducing time and loading costs. The optional Hendrickson Tiremaax Pro automatic tire-inflation system extends tire life and increases fuel efficiency to maintain constant and accurate air pressure in all trailer tires.

Alcoa aluminum 17.5-in. wheels come standard on the beavertail, along with Jost International’s AX150 Alumilight series of landing gear.

The beavertail’s hollow-core side-rail design, Securelight, provides a conduit for wiring to be fully enclosed, and is standard with LED PC-rated surface-mounted lights. And, the fully-sealed rear panel is water-resistant. Recessed grooves protect conspicuity tape and rubber dock blocks, and a heavy-wall bumper provides added protection.

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