Florida-based Kauff's Transportation Systems has taken delivery of a 13-axle, 80-ton capacity Talbert lowbed. The basic three-axle lowbed is equipped with air suspension and a hydraulic and detachable gooseneck. In addition, a three-axle booster and a three-axle jeep dolly are available to optimize loading capacity.
At ConExpo in March 2008, talking to Gino Koster, special correspondent to American Cranes & Transport, Geoff Russell, Kauff's CEO, explained the investment as a natural development because of his company's clients requesting more heavy and specialized transportation services. With the new and largest capacity lowbed, Kauff's fleet grows to 70 trailers, ranging from 35 to 80 ton capacity. Kauff's 40 unit strong tractor fleet is exclusively company owned, according to Russell.
Florida's ports provide a large portion of the loads, such as cranes and wind turbines, which Kauff's drivers not only haul throughout the Southeastern US, but also across the nation. Brokers and project forwarders are major clients, but Kauff's also works directly for manufacturing clients, explains Russell. “We just signed a contract with the first power company,” he says.