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US company introduces Push Block for dislodging stuck off-highway trucks without causing damage
PHILIPPI-Hagenbuch (PHIL), global specialists in off-highway truck customization, have introduced the Push Block for use on articulated and rigid-frame dumptrucks. The company developed the system to integrate with the rear chassis on off-highway trucks from 20–400 tonnes.
According to PHIL, the optimal positioning of the Push Block provides operators with a safe and engineered ‘push point’ to dislodge trucks that have become stuck in sticky or muddy ground without damaging the truck body or pushing equipment.
‘Prior to the development of the Push Block, support equipment, such as a dozer, pushed directly on the truck body to move it to drier ground where it could regain traction. This type of pushing on the truck can damage the tyres, hinge and even the body, as there’s no component of a truck designed to take this type of pin-point pressure.’ said Josh Swank, PHIL’s vice-president of sales.
The Push Block provides a stable assembly that transfers rear pushing forces directly to the truck’s frame, preventing damage and reducing downtime and associated costs without affecting the loading process or payload.
Without the Push Block, trucks can experience expensive body or tailgate damage that impacts material flow. An integrated hook also allows the Push Block to be used for pulling a disabled or stuck off-highway truck.
Philippi-Hagenbuch say they designed the articulating Push Block for simplicity and durability. The Push Block, which pivots downward for unobstructed dumping and is made of high-strength, abrasive-resistant Hardox 450 steel to ensure long-term stability, available as a single unit or as part of a versatile, customizable package with Philippi-Hagenbuch’s load ejector, sideboards and autogate tailgate.