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Understanding Our Part Number Guide | Premier Manufacturing

Understanding Our Part Number Guide If you're a long-time Premier Mfg customer, we want you to know that we recently decided to update the product numbers for our entire line. Rest assured, this has no effect on the products themselves. Premier MFG will always provide our top-quality products regardless of the part number. Nevertheless, you may notice the new product numbers on your receipt or packing slip when ordering any of our couplings, drawbar eyes, jacks, hinge assemblies, front-end assemblies, or accessories from a distributor. Don’t be alarmed. As stated above, nothing else has changed. You’re still receiving the same dependable, high-performance products you know and love. Please note that this change only affects our part numbers. Premier Mfg product names and specs will continue to remain the same, meaning that it’s still easy as ever to order our products from your preferred distributor. Using the Premier Mfg Part Number Guide Evolving supply chains can create headaches for purchasers. Here at Premier Mfg, we are committed to serving our customers to the very best of our abilities, and that includes taking steps to make the ordering process as convenient as possible. That’s why we recently put together the Premier Reference Guide, so you can always ...

Standard Jacks vs. Heavy-Duty Jacks | Premier Manufacturing

Standard Jacks vs. Heavy-Duty Jacks As the trucking industry knows, all drivers need durable, dependable jacks to move loads safely and efficiently. Having poor-quality jacks made with substandard materials – or using the wrong jack for the job – can lead to serious injury and even death. So, what is the difference between a customizable heavy-duty jack and a standard, run-of-the-mill tongue jack, whose main benefit is a low, upfront cost? The Difference Between Standard Trailer Jacks and Heavy-Duty Trailer Jacks While standard jacks are usually mass-produced offshore, Premier Manufacturing’s heavy-duty jacks are hand-built one at a time in the USA. The 600 and 700 series jacks are the industry’s heaviest and strongest-rated tube jacks on the market, thanks to 3/16th DOM tubing used for both inner and outer tubes. The DOM process leaves no seam on the material, so the tubes used for Premier Mfg jacks are known to have the highest weld strength possible. They are rated at 10,000 pounds with a sand shoe, giving the operator unmatched confidence in their construction and performance. Standard jacks, on the other hand, are constructed with a seam and thin-walled material. This mass-produced jack is likely to bend or fail more often when you need it most. ...

Hinges and Hinge Assemblies for Multiple Trailer Drivers | Premier Manufacturing

Hinges and Hinge Assemblies for Multiple Trailer Drivers Hooking up and pulling multiple trailers can be challenging, especially for less experienced drivers. Hinges and hinge assemblies often get abused and overlooked during normal PM practices and can become difficult to work with over time. What Are the Best Hinge and Hinge Assembly Options? Are you a driver or a company wondering what the best choice is for your hinge and hinge assembly needs? Premier Mfg has you covered with our line of hinge assemblies currently available. Is the standard straight pin the best solution, or is a tapered pin assembly just what your team needs? In the world of hinge assembly production, most manufacturers produce only a straight pin with no ability to adjust drawbar tension. This is an economical choice, but it tends to wear out faster and must be replaced more often. Premier Manufacturing has gone in a different direction, designing a straight pin and a tapered pin hinge assembly option. This allows our customers to decide what is best for them. The more durable option would be the tapered pin style, as this works by expanding the bushing rather than compressing it, like a straight pin assembly. When you start to tighten it ...

The Pintle Hitch Advantage: What is the Best Choice?

Giving Drivers the Confidence They Need to Move Forward When a driver needs to connect multiple trailers or pull a trailer over difficult terrain, what hitch option is the best choice? Does it matter what weight is being transported? Is there something better than the standard ball hitch or fifth wheel connection for these applications? These questions can all be safely addressed with a tried-and-true ingenious invention from nearly a century ago– the pintle hitch. The pintle hitch’s overall design is relatively simple A pincer-type device closes around a circle-shaped lunette ring mounted on a trailer or other vehicle, making the connection almost impossible to become detached. It offers several advantages over different types of hitch mechanisms, beginning with the fact that they can handle a much larger weight capacity (up to 110,000 pounds GTW vs. 21,000 pounds GTW with a standard hitch). Another edge over the other types of hitches involves its ability to stay connected over rough, uneven roads due to its large center ring design, giving the pulled load a bit of play while still safely secured.  And speaking of safety, the construction is simple but highly rugged, allowing for ease of inspection for wear and tear or damage. A heavy-duty locking ...

Single Trailer Jacks: What Sets Us Apart?

Hauling a single trailer around can be a pain when your trailer jack fails and isn’t cut out for the job It’s no fun cranking on an old, rusted trailer jack, wasting valuable time and energy. Or maybe you had one fail on you, leaving you cursing at the sky while your trailer is out of commission. There’s an easy solution to these problems, and they start with determining the jack’s weight capacity. Let’s look at ratings and what they mean, as well as how to eliminate the dreaded cranking so you can get on the road and get the job done. Trailer Jack Stand Ratings: Selecting What Works for You To figure out what size jack is appropriate, you need to figure out the estimated tongue weight, which is approximately 15% of the trailer’s dry weight. Then, to account for the load, triple that number to ensure safe and long-lasting operation. Consider this example: Dry weight of trailer - Part #10001005 (Model #Part #10001005 (Model #450))0 lbs. Est. tongue weight - 675 lbs. Recommended static rating - 2000+ lbs. The status rating applies when the vehicle isn’t moving or operational. Always consider the weight of the trailer when loaded, using the 15% calculation as ...

The Difference Between a Truck and a Tractor

When you see a big rig on the road, you may wonder what exactly you’re looking at. To an average driver, they generally all look the same. So, why do truck drivers and mechanics sometimes say tractor instead of 18-wheeler or truck, and what’s the difference? While there seems to be little difference between them, the truth is they all have specific meanings and purposes that matter more than most people think. For instance, a truck can be simply defined as: A vehicle or device that is designed to transport, carry or pull heavy loads. Easy examples of these vehicles include a pickup, garbage truck, or anything that can haul higher-weight materials. The same definition is also why some people call a moving dollie a truck– it just means that it is designed to carry a heavy load. A tractor, on the other hand (and we’re talking about those in the trucking industry, not on a farm), can be defined as: A type of truck that is designed to pull a trailer. Tractors are more powerful than your average truck, as they have to be able to pull a much heavier weight than what’s possible for regular cargo-carrying vehicles. For truckers and the teams that support ...

COUPLING SAFETY BULLETIN

This Safety Bulletin provides important information in order to maintain safe trailer towing operations. It specifically addresses improper practices which causes damage to products and may lead to accidents, due to abuse and/or poor maintenance practices. Premier has been made aware that some operators are impacting (beating) the coupling latch systems with hammers and other blunt force objects, in their effort to determine whether the coupling latch system is locked-closed. Please be aware that this practice is completely unsafe and unwarranted. These acts will actually cause damage to critical safety components as well as compromise their future function, therein initiating a potential malfunction and accident. Premier’s various literature, including the documents attached to couplings titled Installation, Inspection, Operation and Maintenance Guide specifically addresses this issue on the ATTENTION page, stating: (10) NEVER STRIKE ANY OF THESE COMPONENTS WITH A HAMMER OR ANY OTHER DEVICE. RECOMMENDATIONS Premier highly recommends that all operators of the equipment which utilizes the couplings be trained on the proper use of the coupling models they are using.  Additionally, if intentional impacting of any latch system is a known activity within your fleet, we firmly recommend that all couplings be examined by a qualified mechanic to check for damage and proper ...

SUMMER MAINTENANCE

As we enter summer, it’s a great opportunity to easily address some Preventative Maintenance (PM ) on couplings and drawbar eyes, in your operation . . . The previous winter and spring conditions are now behind us but they were often associated with wet roadways that result in heavy road grime build up that typically has deicer agents suspended within it.  At a minimum, both of these being present on your couplings and drawbar eyes will reduce their useful service life but a more serious issue could be looming if not taken care of. The Bad Road grime is abrasive and will actually act as a sanding agent that can literally grind away at the coupling pintle and drawbar eye loop. Because deicers can be sticky, they actually help promote the road grime in clinging to the surfaces. Furthermore, deicing agents can be very corrosive, which will negatively affect the operational functionality. The potential serious loom can be the road grime buildup covering up damaged components that go unnoticed. The Solution A quick summertime cleaning, inspection and lubrication is the way to go. Remove the bad by cleaning the coupling and drawbar eye thoroughly with a non-corrosive liquid detergent and stiff bristle nylon brush. Once dry, they can then ...

AUTUMN IS UPON US

Time to prepare for the cold, wet, winter months. The beginning of autumn is a good time to address coupling/pintle hitch maintenance, before the inclement weather conditions make maintenance a more difficult task. Start by thoroughly cleaning the coupling/pintle hitch with a non-corrosive liquid detergent and a stiff bristle nylon brush. After the coupling/pintle hitch has dried, it can be closely inspected for any worn or damaged components. Parts kits are available to replace worn latch components. Be sure to inspect critical body areas for damage or fractures. If such issues are found, the product may need to be taken out of service. Premier Mfg Co has wear gages available for all of its couplings/pintle hitches. These allow for a quick check of the amount of wear in the cross-section of the pintle hook. The beauty of these wear gages is that they are simple to use and they are in alliance with the Federal out-of-service-limits, so you are testing the same way as would be performed by an inspector. For coupling/pintle hitch brands other than Premier, please follow the specific manufacturer’s recommendations for out-of-service-limits, as these do vary by manufacturer. When everything is determined to be good with the coupling, it is now time to ...
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Understanding Our Part Number Guide | Premier Manufacturing

Understanding Our Part Number Guide If you're a long-time Premier Mfg customer, we want you to ...

High Bar Brands hires Northern Territory Manager

Montana native Tim Burdett joins HBB with substantial sales experience OWATONNA, Minn. – Tim Burdett is ...

Standard Jacks vs. Heavy-Duty Jacks | Premier Manufacturing

Standard Jacks vs. Heavy-Duty Jacks As the trucking industry knows, all drivers need durable, dependable jacks ...

Hinges and Hinge Assemblies for Multiple Trailer Drivers | Premier Manufacturing

Hinges and Hinge Assemblies for Multiple Trailer Drivers Hooking up and pulling multiple trailers can be ...

Premier Manufacturing unveils new corporate booth

High Bar Brands company receives positive feedback at TMC annual meeting OWATONNA, Minn. – Premier Manufacturing ...

Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing enhance their sales teams for go-to-market growth strategy

New directors and regional managers highlight changes  BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minimizer’s acquisition of Premier Manufacturing ...

Minimizer and Capital Partners acquire Premier Manufacturing Co.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – For more than three decades, Minimizer’s investment in the heavy-duty trucking ...

Minimizer & Premier Mfg. launch trilingual marketing campaign

French and Spanish resources now available for Canada and Latin America OWATONNA, Minn. – Minimizer and ...

High Bar Brands hires four new territory managers

OWATONNA, Minn. – High Bar Brands, the parent company of Minimizer and Premier Manufacturing, has ...

The Pintle Hitch Advantage: What is the Best Choice?

Giving Drivers the Confidence They Need to Move Forward When a driver needs to connect multiple ...

Single Trailer Jacks: What Sets Us Apart?

Hauling a single trailer around can be a pain when your trailer jack fails and ...

The Difference Between a Truck and a Tractor

When you see a big rig on the road, you may wonder what exactly you’re ...

AUTUMN IS UPON US

Time to prepare for the cold, wet, winter months. The beginning of autumn is a ...

SUMMER MAINTENANCE

As we enter summer, it’s a great opportunity to easily address some Preventative Maintenance (PM ...

COUPLING SAFETY BULLETIN

This Safety Bulletin provides important information in order to maintain safe trailer towing operations. It ...
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