The Issue in the Bakken
Towing and pulling has long been a mainstay in any industry that utilizes heavy equipment. With the recent oil and gas boom, specifically in the Bakken, heavy equipment has flooded the region. Infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, was not prepared for the drastic increases in drilling traffic, forcing heavy equipment to be carried across harsh terrain. In addition, the nature of oil and gas exploration requires heavy machinery to be moved into unsavory areas where roads will not go. For example, in wet fields, equipment is often stuck, causing loss of time, money, and in dire situations, safety.
The industry standard has always been to tow with ropes and chains, but towing heavy machinery in this way can cause a myriad of issues. For example, ropes and chains do not adequately bind the towing vehicle to the towed object because the rope or chain becomes slack as the vehicles speed up and slow down causing immense pressure on the frames of both vehicles and also on the chains and ropes themselves. With chains and ropes, backing up is not a possibility when two vehicles are connected to one another, resulting in a lack of mobility. Most importantly, safety is compromised because the ropes and chains have been known to fail and break under the pressure endured by towing heavy equipment. In extreme situations, chain failures have resulted in injury of workers and even fatality.
SAFE-T-PULL™ is a hydraulically operated towing system that makes pulling stuck vehicles and equipment through tough conditions easy and safe! Improve your operations efficiency, maximize your harvest, and never get out to hook up in the mud again!
It has been tested on up to 160,000 Lb. loads and it is adaptable to most tractors, forage harvesters, trucks and other equipment. Eliminate those dangerous ropes, chains, and cables! In response, Safe-T-Pull founders invented a more efficient way to pull trucks without the risk of a chain or rope recoiling and crashing through tractor or truck cabs.
How does Safe-T-Pull Work?
Jacob Kringstad, the General Manager stated, “It’s basically a hydraulically operated tow bar that can mount onto any tractor, pay loader or bulldozer.” He added, “You have hitches on your truck where the existing tow would normally go. Our hitches fasten to existing tow hook mounts for a quick installation. The bar allows for a centrally located towing loop that evenly distributes the pulling stress between both frame rails of the vehicle being pulled. With Safe-T-Pull you can hook up without anyone getting out of the cab, and it allows you to unhook trucks on-the-go.” This product comes in a variety of models and can be suited to almost any need in the towing sector.
Safe-T-Pull began in the 90’s in Park River, North Dakota. Locally founded, they have been dedicated to solving the towing issue facing the agricultural industry in the state and hope to spread their safe and innovative towing product to the oil and gas sector.