Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), which specializes in off-highway truck customization, recently introduced the Push Block for articulated and rigid-frame trucks.
PHIL said it engineered the Push Block to integrate with the rear chassis on off-highway trucks ranging from 20 to 400 tons. The positioning of the Push Block is designed to allow operators a safe and engineered “push point” to dislodge trucks from areas with poor ground conditions without damaging the truck body or pushing equipment.
“Contractors on large jobsites, from road construction projects to dam building sites, traverse sticky, muddy ground that can cause trucks to become stuck,” said Josh Swank, PHIL vice president of sales. “Prior to the development of the Push Block, support equipment, such as a dozer, pushed directly on the truck body to move it to dryer ground where it could regain traction. This type of pushing on the truck can damage the tires, hinge and even the body since there’s no component of a truck designed to take this type of pin-point pressure.”
The Push Block provides a stable assembly that transfers rear pushing force directly to the truck’s frame, preventing damage. By transferring the pushing and pulling forces through the Push Block to the truck frame, operations prevent damage, downtime and the associated costs without affecting the loading process or payload.
Without the Push Block, trucks can experience body damage that impacts material flow or tailgate damage “of as much as $15,000,” the company said. An integrated hook also allows the Push Block to be used for pulling a disabled or stuck off-highway truck.
PHIL designed the articulating Push Block for simplicity and durability. The Push Block pivots downward for unobstructed dumping, and is made of high-strength, abrasive-resistant Hardox 450 steel to ensure long-term stability.
The company offers the Push Block alone or as part of a customizable package intended to enhance productivity. Incorporating a Load Ejector, for example, can minimize carryback within the truck bed, Sideboards can increase carrying capacity, and Autogate Tailgates can maximize volumetric capacity and reduce carryback for haul trucks working in applications with sticky materials.