SAF-Holland: Heavy Lifting

From the May 2014 issue.

Often overlooked, the landing leg is a vital mainstay of modern trucking as transport equipment expert SAF-Holland can attest.

Used to raise a trailer’s nose to match a fifth wheel’s height or to rest the unhooked vehicle upon, the landing leg is somewhat of an unsung hero in the highly diversified transport equipment market. Much like the fifth wheel, it is a vital part of each and every articulated trailer around the globe – and a key element to ensure a seamless exchange of trailing equipment – but widely perceived as a commodity.

The landing leg’s unobtrusive appearance – a hollow steel beam with a square or round foot and a folding or detachable crank handle on the side – could be one reason why it has to lead a shadowy existence in everyday transportation; but appearances can be deceiving. Different requirements and types of use call for different sizes, designs and materials, while differences can also be seen in the equipment and handling of the landing leg in the field. 

Veteran drivers, who hook and unhook a combination several times a day, know that usability and ease of operation are key to modern landing leg design. That is, next to the ability to support the trailer when unhooked and lifting the nose whilst backing up the truck.

To Zoran Tomic, Director of Global Landing Gear Product Planning & Market Development at SAF‑Holland, that kind of first-hand knowledge is most important when evaluating the company’s landing gear portfolio. “Direct feedback is immensely important to develop a modern landing leg – regardless of the brand or region.

Unhooking a semi can be a very physical job and we try to make it as convenient and safe as possible. To do so, we at SAF-Holland try to be as close as possible to those who actually use our product in the field.”

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