Hey everybody mike frazier here from miller industries today we’re standing next to this beautiful 9055 xl, we’re going to show you a few examples: how to use the short narrow front axle forks and how to properly use our safety tie-down straps on the front axle of this Unit and here’s the fork we’re gon na go over a little bit today with you guys. This fork is probably the most widely used fork out of everything you have, especially when you’re towing a vehicle from the front, no reason to double pick if it’s really secure on the axle, and if you put it tight on the axle with the axle flares, you Won’T even have a problem with the truck sliding when you’re making a turn and because of the size of this fork. It stores very well right here in the tail board of the 90 55 xl for easy accessibility on the side of the road. More than anything just for safety, so you don’t have to be on the side of this unit. On this side of the expressway, we have our receivers on the high side.
We don’t need that additional clearance here on this peterbilt. We have plenty of clearance on the bumper and the radiator. If you needed a little additional clearance, you can always turn the receivers to where they’re on the low side. So you have to get underneath that low bumper or something just makes it a whole lot easier for you. These forks are made out of a forged material for a little bit extra strength.
The fork fits nice and tight into the receiver. These receivers have the hooks welded on the back of it. In case you decide to chain the unit down with the chain binder or whatever you decide today, i’m going to use straps to secure the unit to the under lift. In my years of experience in the towing industry, i learned that if you slid the receivers in a little bit to where the axle flares out with these real narrow, forks, there’s very minimal sliding left to right. So when you do turn a corner, you have no reason to worry about the casualty moving this peter belt that we’re lifting today is equipped with a 14 000 pound spicer front axle.
Once in a great while, you will get a 20 000 pound axle or larger axle that this fork will not properly seat, do not use this fork if it doesn’t seat all the way down into the throat of the fork itself. Like i said earlier, it’s your choice on how you secure the unit to the under lift. Today we’re going to be using straps. The strap we’re using today is a two inch wide 24 inch long ratchet strap with a basket rating of 5 000 pounds and a vertical radiate rating of 3 670 pounds. I chose the straps just because the ease of installing it and it does have a protector on it.
So if there is a sharp edge, we can protect our strap, so it doesn’t get cut while using it when using the strap. The first thing you want to make sure is you’re clear of the drag link, no reason to put any extra stress on that drag link when holding this unit down. I simply put the strap over the top of the axle i get. The protector put it up here i run the strap in between my two hooks and into my ratchet strap leave yourself a little extra. You don’t want it real tight.
Then you want to actually ratchet it tight, just repeat on the other side and we’re ready to roll and when towing anything always make sure you secure that casualty to the towing unit with safety chains thanks for watching and make sure you subscribe to our news feed To stay up to date on all the latest news and information from miller industries, miller industries, the world leader in towing and recovery equipment, this video is for product demonstration purposes only and is not intended for training or instructional purposes. Situations vary and operators should rely on their own professional knowledge and safety procedures when conducting actual recoveries.
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