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Re: Delivering feed on May 2, Preston Mn. (Pic)

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big fat herb

05-03-2013 06:16:59

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Dont anyone carry chains anymore ?

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JD Seller

05-03-2013 07:53:26

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 Re: Delivering feed on May 2, Preston Mn. (Pic) in reply to big fat herb, 05-03-2013 06:16:59  
Not in MAY!!! The full set of chains adds 750 LBS to the truck weight. We are loaded on a scale to nothing over 80,000. So carrying the chains losses us .375 ton on every load. Yesterday that would have been $8 less freight pay on the load. So multiply that times three trucks that haul 35-40 loads of fed each week and you are talking about $250-350 dollars lost carrying the chains.

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bobs old iron

05-03-2013 10:01:05

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 Re: Delivering feed on May 2, Preston Mn. (Pic) in reply to JD Seller, 05-03-2013 07:53:26  
hey j-d, never carried or hung chains on yet, if it's that bad that i can't get there, well i'm not going, to get stuck way out in the sticker patches,,,lol

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JD Seller

05-03-2013 19:19:22

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 Re: Delivering feed on May 2, Preston Mn. (Pic) in reply to bobs old iron, 05-03-2013 10:01:05  
I agree to a degree. The belt trailer is bad about weight transfer. When you first start unloading all of the weight moves to the back of the truck. Many times I can't get pulled up the first time. So I have to chain up to pull ahead ten feet. Then maybe just take them back off. The trouble is the truck will still be at 60,000 lbs when you need to do that first pull up. Not many tractors will help you much.

I rarely have to chain up other than in the barn yards. It just is cheaper to chain up than have to call a wrecker.

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