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May 21, 2019 at 08:41 AM CST
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Does anyone have experience with different walking floor manufactors? Wilkens, Imco, Peerless? Who has the better trailer?
Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 09:31 AM CST

what type of work will you be using it for? we have a new wilkens LTE, very nice light trailer but keep it on the road. We haul mulch and it really twists and turns when you go off road. We have an older peerless trailer which works great for either application. We stay with Keith floors instead of halco becuase of parts being readily available in our area.

Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM CST
If your going to be off roading i would get an eby trailer. those are the toughest floors. wilkens is ok also.
Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 01:37 PM CST
Originally Posted by: JEFF MORAN
Quote: "what type of work will you be using it for? we have a new wilkens LTE, very nice light trailer but keep it on the road. We haul mulch and it really twists and turns when you go off road. We have an older peerless trailer which works great for either application. We stay with Keith floors instead of halco becuase of parts being readily available in our area."

We haul wood chips, sawdust, bark, some chicken manure and some mushroom soil. We have been disapointed with the frp sides of Wilkens. We know Wilkens makes other models of trailer.
Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 07:14 PM CST
Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 07:14 PM CST
You said chicken manure DONT get a wilkens aluminum trailer it WILL corrode. You can put a liner in it then you should be alright. I have an eby and had it twisted today that the left bottom rail was against the truck frame behind rear drives.
Replied on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 07:14 PM CST
I would not have wanted my wilkens in that predicament.
Replied on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 07:15 AM CST
We run lots of floors, Wilkens, IMCO, Peerless and MAC. I have to say that MAC trailers have held up the best for us. They make a lighter version now as well and built to last. This company is first class!!!!
Replied on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 07:30 AM CST
Forget about walking floors

You want a Trinity Stainless Steel Belt.

It unloads fast and sweep out is easy and the new ones are light.
They are built to flex and not break. We haul wet feed , dry feed, silage,ear corn,wood products, salt, fertilizer, sand, gravel, litter, and grain.
And I have the spout to unload into an auger. All with same trailer.

I was at steel mill last year and idiot loader guy put 35 ton of slag in one pile right in the middle .

i figured it would belly down and the chain would break. It pushed it right off. I saw trinity guy at lousville farm
show and he says everyone tells him stories like that.

Mine
is a 44 long 6ft walls 102 wide. Only thing I have had trouble with is ear corn. You have to round it up to make weight.
Replied on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 09:17 PM CST

Tycrop mfg makes lightweight to heavy duty walking floors. They have leak resistant trailers hauling food waste and heavy duty spec's units hauling ground up car parts. Also have rentals available.

Check them out.

https://www.tycroptransport.com/

Replied on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 09:17 PM CST
Jason How wide is your belt ?
Replied on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 07:37 AM CST
Originally Posted by: JOEL HAYLETT
Quote: "Jason How wide is your belt ?"

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Replied on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 08:40 AM CST
You can haul everything you listed on a floor plus bump a dock if need be or walk the pallets front also belt trailers dont have near the yardage capacity.
Replied on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 08:42 AM CST

JASON SEARCY, please call me. 563-380-3815

Replied on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 02:26 PM CST
Originally Posted by: PETE WENGER
Quote: "You can haul everything you listed on a floor plus bump a dock if need be or walk the pallets front also belt trailers dont have near the yardage capacity."

We agree. We can not get enough volume on a belt trailer. A few times we have laoded stuff on pallets. I missed buying na Eby last month. Thanks for all of the information.
Replied on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 03:16 PM CST
If you needed to bump a dock get a floor. And a Kieth drive unit in whatever brand of trailer you decide on. Some walking floors have crossmembers every foot usually you can run a forklift in those provided they have the right slat.Ihave had some floors in past the sand,gravel,and slag are hard on the back bearings and end of the slats. The belts are ideal in our area .
Replied on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM CST
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Keith floor. Only. Western if you want the best. TTC is also good but i don't want to go to California to get it. We run Western. Just look around in the midwest and west you don't see anything else. The rest aren't built worth a crap and or are to heavy.
This is a total no brainer. Western trailer out of boise id.
Had an Imco, bought new freaking disaster. Best day...when it totaled.

Art Pfluger
Replied on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 07:11 AM CST
You get what you pay for. Western hasn't been proven for what we are doing in the east.
Replied on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 03:46 PM CST

PETE WENGER - What are you hauling in the EAST?

Replied on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 03:47 PM CST
Been in the Walking Floor business for almost 20year have pulled Wilkens,Peerless,Imco,ITI,Wilson,and Western. I would purchase an aluminum Wilkens spread or a Western spread. We haul Cottonseed, Comodity feeds, seed corn ,mulch, Green Beans ,and other fresh vegetables out of the field . WILKENS and Western trailers hold up better than any other. If you want lightweight go with Western my 45' spread weighs 11000 pounds.Wilkens spreads weigh 12800. Have had no issues with either one .Peerless and ITI have weak top rails. Imco are to rigid, and a Wilson the top rails break about 2 feet from the front just like their hoppers and belts.All this from experience. Have 4 trailers 1 2009 Western ,2012 and 2010 Wilkens Spread ,and 06 Wilkens slider.All get used everyday.
Replied on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 06:35 PM CST
Its not really what I'm hauling it's how much and the places that I get into to unload sometimes. Last week I had my truck and trailer at a 90 degree and the trailer twisted till the left bottom rail was against frame of truck right behind rear drives and it came out straight. If you can draw a mental picture.