The ESCO 10013 tire inflation cage is specifically designed to handle the "Super Wide" tire/wheel assemblies. These assemblies are commonly found on the drive axle and trailer for heavy duty trucks to replace dual tire/ wheel assemblies. The tire inflation cage is a two bar folding unit that can be stored easily on a service truck. It can also handle a standard tire/wheel assembly in additon to the "super wides". The 10013 tire inflation cage weighs approximately 70 lbs.
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OSHA regulation 29CFR 1926,305 requires that when lifting loads with hydraulic jacks that you must block the jack with a firm foundation.
When using ESCO high tonnage jacks, one of the things you want to insure is load stability. The importance of load stability cannot be understated. It can be the difference between tool failure and most importantly the safety and well being of the service person. The working conditions that the service person faces each day can be rough, from inclement weather to rugged and unstable terrain. We can’t do anything about the weather but, we can help battle the rough ground conditions. Load stability starts from the ground up. ESCO offers a line of jack plates to help keep the ESCO high tonnage jacks under load. The ESCO jack plates are 12” x 12” to provide a larger lifting “foot print” and are 1” thick for strength. They are strong but light weight. The plates are corrosion resistant and will not absorb moisture. They will not mushroom or warp. The ESCO jack plates are available in 3 different tonnage capacities. The 10751 for 55 ton jacks, the 10753 for 20 ton jacks, and the 10754 for 100 ton jacks. The ESCO jack plates are also available in “kit form”, the 10755 which includes the 10751, 10753, and 10754.
Wow! This photo is a real attention getter isn’t it? A multimillion dollar haul truck up in flames. Let’s hope the driver got out in time. How could something like this happen? When a loaded haul truck is moving it generates a tremendous amount of heat in the tires. As the heat increases so does the internal air pressure. Eventually when enough heat and air pressure build…..BOOM! You now have what you see in the photo. Not only is there the potential of loss of life the cost of replacing the haul truck is in the millions.
Could this have been prevented? The answer is Yes! By installing the ESCO 10030 Pyrosafe valve. The Pyrosafe valve threads into the face of the wheel that supports air and is designed to release the internal air pressure when it reaches 190 psi or when the temperature reaches 200 degrees, well before serious damage can occur. The ESCO 10030 Pyrosafe valveis easy to install and the installation will not void the warranty of the wheel assembly. Call an ESCO customer service representative for more details. 800-352-9852.
California, Vermont, and Maine, have banned lead weights. Will more states follow? Probably. Will there be a nationwide ban soon? More than likely. Let’s not forget that lead weights have been banned in Canada and Europe as well. With this push to ban lead weights, a tire technician’s options are as follows:
·Tire balancing machines. Great way to balance tires but also very expensive.
·Steel weights. With the steel weights having less density, they will have to be larger. They will also rust and can scratch wheels if installed incorrectly. This could present a cosmetic issue. Steel weights are also more expensive than lead weights.
·Balancing compounds. Many to choose from, some better than others.
ESCO has added two new options to its product line, ESCO Balancing Beads and ESCO Balancing Liquid. The balancing beads and balancing liquid are not only very effective ways to balance tires but also affordable. For more information please call 1-800-352-9852 to talk to an ESCO Customer Service representative.
It is not uncommon for a service person to jack up a load to do service work and have the jack sustain the load until the work is completed. That can turn into a dangerous way to work. It can be very difficult to keep the load centered on the lifting point of the jack for any length of time. The actual lifting areas on these types of jacks are relatively small and it doesn’t take much for the load to shift to the outer edge. When this happens you can have damage to the jack which in turn can put the service person in harm’s way.
An inexpensive solution to this potential problem is the use of the 10455 ESCO jack stands. These heavy duty jack standstotaling 44 ton (22 tons each) are designed to hold and sustain a load for the entirety of the job, however long that might be. This will help create a safer working environment for the service technician and keep the jack in service longer. This will translate into money saved which is important for everyone.