Running Gear

OVERVIEW

Ground Support Running Gear is the mechanical equipment that moves and directs an otherwise immobile object safely and efficiently. Aerol’s years of experience in the material handling field enabled us to develop military running gear components for trailers and other mobile ground equipment.

These capabilities include meeting the higher tolerances of the military specifications. Our facilities are qualified by all branches of the armed services and our customers include most of the prime contractors to the military. Through extensive research, Aerol was able to determine the most desirable qualities customers desired in ground support running gear. These include:

  • Adaptability to virtually all types of trailer configurations and load capacities
  • Simplicity of installation and maintenance
  • Compactness
  • Simplicity of design using the minimum of component parts that are interchangeable to reduce spare requirements and simply logistical support
  • Effective shock absorption for protecting equipment

This research and design resulted in the development of a complete line of aircraft running gear components. Two of our most successful applications include the SAM Ground Support Running Gear and the BANJO Mount. Within each unit, component parts are completely interchangeable between front and rear, left or right.

S.A.M. (Side Angle Mount) RUNNING GEAR 

A Side-Mount, Shock-Absorbing Unit Rated At 5,000 lbs. Per Wheel

The AEROL SAM Suspension Unit is a heavy-duty military running gear concept comprising a shock-absorbing unit that can be bolted to the side of an item of ground support equipment and a stub axle on which any one of a wide selection of wheels can be mounted. The basic unit is used for both front and rear installations and can be made rigid or steerable by the addition of a lock pin or a steering arm. This flexible design permits front and rear steering for maneuvering in restricted areas, or conventional front end steering when the equipment is towed.

  • Compatible with AEROL Cushion Tread Wheels and Industrial Pneumatic wheels
  • Ackerman steering principle – tie rods control the steerable front wheels from the tongue and tow bar assembly
  • Components exceed the requirements of specification MIL-M-8090 for type II mobility
  • Available with parking brakes with ratchet pedals, levers for cable or rod actuation, and hydraulic service brake systems

The SAM Suspension Unit can be supplied to handle a wide range of loads up to 5,000 pounds per wheel. The load rating can be easily changed in the field by the addition or removal of standard springs. No special tools are required, nor is it necessary to dismount the unit.
 

BANJO MOUNT

Eliminates the Need For A Through Axel —  Delivers Full Trailer Flexibility

The AEROL BANJO Mount military running gear concept comprises a wheel, mounted on a stub axle fitted to a shock absorption unit, that can be bolted to the side of an item of ground service equipment. The necessity for an axle beam is thus eliminated, and the load cradled between the individual wheel units permits a lower center of gravity.

  • Compatible with AEROL Cushion Tread Wheels and Industrial Pneumatic wheels
  • Available with parking brakes with ratchet pedals, levers for cable or rod actuation, and service brakes
  • Ackerman steering principle – tie rods control the steerable front wheels from the tongue and tow bar assembly
  • Components exceed requirements of specification MIL-M-8090 for type II mobility

The AEROL Banjo Mount is designed for loads up to 1,000 pounds per wheel in increments of 125 pounds and can be used with AEROL Cushion Tread Wheels in sizes 13-inch, 16-inch, and 21-inch diameter. It can also be used with industrial pneumatic wheels in the corresponding sizes, 3.50-6, 4.00-8, and 6.00-9, described in specification MIL-W-8005.

Due to the radial arm mounting of the axle in the Banjo Mount, when the wheel strikes an obstruction, the motion is upward and backward, or in the direction of the force applied to the wheel. This transfers the minimum amount of shock to the payload. Because of this design, the AEROL Banjo Mount is especially suited to the carrying of delicate loads.