By Chad Elmore16 January 2019
Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. (PHIL) has introduced a push block for articulated and rigid-frame trucks. Engineered to integrate with the rear chassis on off-highway trucks ranging from 20 to 400 tons, the company said the optimal positioning of the push block allows operators a safe and engineered “push point” to dislodge trucks from areas with poor ground conditions without damaging the truck body or pushing equipment.
“Contractors on large jobsites, from road construction projects to dam building sites, traverse sticky, muddy ground that can cause trucks to become stuck,” said Josh Swank, vice president of sales, PHIL. “Prior to the development of the push block, support equipment, such as a dozer, pushed directly on the truck body to move it to dryer ground where it could regain traction. This type of pushing on the truck can damage the tires, hinge and even the body since there’s no component of a truck designed to take this type of pin-point pressure.”
The push block provides a stable assembly that transfers rear pushing force directly to the truck’s frame, preventing damage, said the company. It pivots downward for unobstructed dumping, and is made of high-strength, abrasive-resistant Hardox 450 steel to ensure long-term stability.