New Axle Improves Steering

Staff | September 28, 2010

Pettibone telehandler with PrecisionSteer systemPettibone co-developed a new axle for its PrecisionSteer system on all 6,000-, 8,000- and 10,000-pound telehandlers to meet demands of telehandler four-wheel steering. The Carraro 26.43 axle is a response to industry concerns over tire wear. Pettibone says manufacturers have sacrificed proper wheel alignment to allow higher turning angles and improve maneuverability using axles originally created for two-wheel steer on backhoe-loaders. PrecisionSteer cut the steering error by half and Pettibone's testing suggests tire wear on improved surfaces has also been cut in half.