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Puck Equipment Safety Guide Part 1: Equipment Transportation

The Importance of Proper Equipment Transportation

Tractor properly transporting a Puck hose reel

Puck pumps, hose carts, and turn-table reels (TTR) are substantially large pieces of equipment that should be handled with the utmost care. Neglecting equipment and safety procedures can lead to potentially dangerous situations for people on the job site and traveling on the road. Becoming more informed on transportation safety creates a safer environment for you, the operator, and those around the equipment. We’ve been in the application business for over 40 years and design all of our products with safety in mind alongside performance. By utilizing the following practices, you can ensure you’re getting the job done the right way. 

Transporting Pumps

  • Always follow state and local laws concerning the transportation of agricultural equipment on public roadways as they vary from state to state. 
  • Never travel at speeds exceeding 35 miles per hour or at speeds that could make the pump unstable and potentially roll. 
  • Check that the tire pressure is correct before moving the trailer. Ensure tires are adjusted to the manufacturer’s recommendations before transporting the trailer. 
  • To avoid injury or damage, always make sure the machine is secured. This includes inspecting that the hoses are secured into their traveling position and will not drag. 
  • Check that the safety pins, safety bar, and safety chains are secure. 
  • Under no circumstances should an operator pull more than one pump trailer at a time. 
  • Be sure to check the tow vehicles’ manual for its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) to ensure that it is capable of towing the trailer PRIOR to transportation. Use a tow vehicle with safely rated towing capacities before transporting the pump trailer.

Moving Hose Carts and Turn-Table Reels

  • Always follow state and local laws concerning the transportation of agricultural equipment on public roadways. 
  • Never travel at speeds exceeding 35 miles per hour or at speeds that could make the hose cart/TTR unstable and potentially roll. 
  • Check that the tire pressure is correct before moving the hose cart/TTR. Ensure tires are adjusted to the manufacturer’s recommendations before transporting the cart. 
  • Always make sure the end of the hose is secured to avoid injury or damage to the coupler. Check that the hydraulic hoses are secured into their traveling position and will not drag on any surface. 
  • Check that the tongue-locking pins are in a traveling position. Secure safety chain and check all safety pins. 
  • Under no circumstances should an operator pull more than one hose cart/TTR at a time. 
  • Be sure to check the tow vehicles’ manual for its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) to ensure that it is capable of towing the hose cart/TTR PRIOR to transportation. Always use a tow vehicle with safely rated towing capacities before transporting a hose cart/TTR.

If you have any questions or are unsure of what to do, feel free to give our knowledgeable team a call–anytime–at 712.481.9097. We encourage you to continue on the path of safety by taking a look at Part 2 of our Safety Guide (Hose Precautions). For more information about Puck Enterprises, visit www.puck.com

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