April 2021
Volume 73    Issue 4

Let's talk tailgates; key considerations to optimize return on investment

Mining Engineering , 2021, Vol. 73, No. 4, pp. 26-26
Swank, Josh


Efficient hauling practices are at the heart of every successful mining operation. Maximizing capacity with each load while minimizing maintenance requirements and unnecessary downtime leads to increased profits and a healthy bottom line.

Many mining and aggregate producers have found simply adding a tailgate to their haul trucks makes a significant impact on their overall efficiency. Tailgates aren’t standard on rigid-frame haul trucks from any manufacturer. However, aftermarket options are available from manufacturers specializing in off-highway truck customization.

Like any piece of equipment, adding a tailgate requires careful consideration for optimal results. Some benefits can be achieved with any old tailgate, but to truly enhance their overall operation — and ROI — producers should look for a tailgate with features that align with their specific application. Let’s take a look at how tailgates can improve efficiency and what options are available.

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