October 19 - Tidd Ross Todd (TRT), the New Zealand-based heavy equipment specialist, has designed and manufactured a widening eight-line platform trailer for Queensland, Australia-based Mactrans Heavy Haulage.

TRT says that the features of this trailer have been designed for Mactrans' specific haulage challenges following extensive consultation, and gives the latter a trailer that can transport loads from 70-120 tonnes.

The platform trailer has been designed for maximum manoeuvrability and load variation, using a centre spine with two widening decks that expand its width from 3.35 m to 4.88 m.

There is 18 m of clear deck behind the neck to the inside of the ramps, and a 0.85 m lowered height for easy loading. The deck is manufactured with a positive camber and TRT's coaming rail - which it says is the deepest of any trailer manufacturer - to help optimise load stability.

It has 64 wheels, eight spares and 16 BPW steer axles to provide the 23 m trailer with manoeuvrability in any direction.

The trailer also features TRT's live hydraulic compensating gooseneck, which allows the trailer to be lifted and lowered during travel, minimising damage to equipment and load.