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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:25 pm 

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Point of view and experience of a customer hauling construction and demolition debris to a landfill using a WALKING FLOOR® trailer .

Our company owns and operates a construction and demolition debris landfill and transfer station. When we opened our transfer station in May of 2002 we bought a 105 cy EAST trailer equipped with a Keith WALKING FLOOR. At the time we knew nothing about WALKING FLOOR trailers and were so convinced that may not holdup to our type of material that we also bought a Roll-Off trailer for back up.

Our landfill is about 2 ½ miles from out transfer station so we haul about 5 loads per trailer per day. Our maintenance records indicate that in May of 2007, six of the original standard ½” slat floors were still ok and left in. At this time the trailer had hauled over 5,000 loads. We use high impact ¾” slats to replace the standard slats as they wear out and we weld a 3” wide 3/8” thick 6”plate on the end of each slat to help with the wear from C&D material.

Also in 2007 our 2002 trailer developed leaks on the drive cylinders. We opted to have the dealer replace the entire set with brand new cylinders. The cylinders and the labor were very reasonably priced and looking at a per load cost new cylinders was the way to go.

In 2005 we bought another new EAST trailer. This time we special ordered the Keith Walking Floor to better meet our needs (instead of the in stock grain hauling type standard floor). We ordered ¾” (2301) high impact slats and T blocks at the discharge end instead of the standard 1” sq. aluminum ends. Prior to hauling our first load we added the 3” wear plates to the slat ends. As of 2011 this trailer has hauled around 4,000 loads from our transfer station to our landfill So far the only maintenance required for the Walking Floor is building up the very end of the slats at the 3” plate and replacing the T blocks as they wear down.

The trick to not destroying the floor is how you load the trailer. Our trash is composed of everything from carpet and insulation to large piece of concrete and steel. We always put some softer trash in the bottom and then load the ruff stuff over that.
The Roll-Off trailer we bought for back-up has rarely been used and in hindsight was an unnecessary expense.

Paul Florence
Florence Recycling & Disposal

WALKING FLOOR® is a product, brand and trademark of KEITH Mfg.


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