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 Post subject: Weight of Bennendorf trucks
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:34 am 

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What would be the weight range of a pair of Bettendorf coil spring trucks with fricton bearings and steel wheels that could support a 50 ton freight car?


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 Post subject: Re: Weight of Bennendorf trucks
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:50 am 

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Figure 6,000 pounds per truck complete and you should be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Weight of Bennendorf trucks
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:53 am 

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I'm going to have to guess in the range of about 3 ton per truck. When i moved my caboose several years ago i moved the trucks wich are Bettendorf leaf spring trucks one at a time on a car hauler trailer rated at 6000 lbs. It did the job but made the trailer squat a bit.

One thing i often wondered is both trucks have WT 5559 marked in the casting on the side frames. Would that mean each truck would weigh 5559 lbs.?


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 Post subject: Re: Weight of Bennendorf trucks
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:15 pm 

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I would go a little higher-- 7500# per truck is a good number, based on my experience with these things. A 70-ton truck goes about 8500#.

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