Hendrickson rolls out upgraded, adjustable 20,000-pound capacity lift axle
Better Roads Staff | January 3, 2008
HEBRON, Ohio Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems unveils the newly upgraded 20,000-pound capacity PARALIFT steerable truck lift axle system.
PARALIFT is now available with adjustable ride height and frame width capabilities. Combining unique frame width and ride height spacers with a slotted cross member, PARALIFT™s adjustability enables aftermarket installers and body builders to stock one unit to meet a wide variety of truck configurations.
The trailing arm beams evolved from a dual paddle, triangular cross-section design to a more efficient single paddle, z-beam configuration. The introduction of zero-torsion, trailing-arm bushings help eliminate bushing wind-up and allow for the single air spring configuration.
Repositioning of the stabilizer adds another benefit. The combined impact of the new lift springs design and the repositioned stabilizer increases wheel cut from 18 degrees to more than 25 degrees to help improve maneuverability and tire wear.
With a 1,465-pound system weight, the PARALIFT offers a 160-pound weight savings compared to the previous model. It features 12 inches of total travel with nine inches of lift in ride heights from nine to13.5 inches, all in a 28-inch package space.
All of these features impact the bottom line substantially, lowering both cost and weight for fleets and operators.
The new PARALIFT provides the best possible solution easy installation, lightweight and best-in-class performance together with Hendrickson™s proven durability and support, says Paul Brown, marketing manager, Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a premier global manufacturer and supplier of truck and tractor suspensions; trailer suspensions, controls and loose axles; truck and trailer lift axles; bumpers and trim components, and truck, tractor and trailer springs to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 90 years. Visit the Hendrickson Web site at www.hendrickson-intl.com.
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