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  1. #1
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    Default T-Boards,V-Boards or whatever

    When stapping 4ways down on a semi what do you find works the best? I use t-boards now but they bow in the middle . I know there is a better way but I need someone to enlighten me.

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    2x6 stud length.

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    Default Tie downs

    What keith said is most popular, although one old hand uses 1x6s. Then v boards and cross tie with 3" straps front & back. Some will run long straps the length of the load in addition. As Jarrett said they must be a little short 7' 6" stud length is just right. Full 8 feet is what makes them bow.

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    I use full 8 foot boards and leave a gap down the center of the load. I also put 1X4's along the edges and down the center so the boards are pushing down all the covers. I also only strap down every other pallet.
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    We tried "v" boards....causes hives on top or load to come apart(top box scoots back). In cold weather this is a problem!! However Mr. Best is braver than I am.....I strap each row then put two straps across back and front using v boards running straps from side to side. I do move bees on short hauls (5 miles) with no straps (I'll pay for that one day)but usually not over two or three pallets high. On local hauls I run a strap from front to back over each row (4 straps)

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    Some folks who use 2x8s will taper the ends. Each end, but only on one side.

    I use 2x8s eight feet long. We, the trucker and I, mostly use his wide straps. But if he doesn't have enough of them we use the 2" straps. Especially over the wheels at the back of the load. Each row gets strapped, right on the crack between two hives on the 4 way pallet. Seventeen rows per 48 ft deck.

    In the past I didn't have 4 ways and used standard warehouse pallets. I never used v boards, spreader boards or 2x8s. We strapped each row, two straps per pallet. We cross strapped the front and sometimes the back. Since I now have 4 ways, I'll never go back to warehouse pallets.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Maybe I should have been clearer, I tie down between 2 pallets. 1 strap for 2 pallets.
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbest View Post
    Maybe I should have been clearer, I tie down between 2 pallets. 1 strap for 2 pallets.
    Nope, still not clear. Or maybe I'm just dense. Yeah, I'm sure that's it.

    "I tie down between 2 pallets." So, does that mean your board is on the cover of the second hive of the first pallet and the first hive of the second pallet? That'll probably work.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Nope, still not clear. Or maybe I'm just dense. Yeah, I'm sure that's it.

    "I tie down between 2 pallets." So, does that mean your board is on the cover of the second hive of the first pallet and the first hive of the second pallet? That'll probably work.
    Yes, and the 1X4's spread the pressure down onto all of them
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    Gotcha.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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