Muskegon, Michigan, February 26, 2017 – SAF-HOLLAND, a leading global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, announces the introduction of its HOLLAND FW35TT Multi-Feature Enhanced Fifth Wheel specifically for Terminal Tractors.

The FW35TT is specifically designed not only to exceed the requirements for repetitive coupling, but also to thrive in the demanding environment found in terminal operations. Unlike competitive designs, the FW35TT features the fast and reliable HOLLAND twin-lock design which prevents kingpin bounce out, the leading cause of coupling delay or failure.

“Over 50 years ago, HOLLAND was the first to introduce a fifth wheel specifically engineered for terminal tractors. Today, we are pleased to bring the HOLLAND FW35TT fifth wheel to the terminal tractor market,” said Ron Froese, Director of Sales – Powered Vehicle Products. “It’s specifically designed to excel in demanding yard operations, where fifth wheels couple and uncouple more times in an hour than some on-highway tractors do in a month.”

Durability

To achieve the durability needed to deliver an increased maximum vertical load capacity rating of 80,000 pounds, the FW35TT top plate is cast with an extra thick top surface to increase life. The entire casting is made from high yield cast steel, and provides top performance in all operating environments.

The FW35TT rib structure is second to none in regards to durability. The optimization includes a more robust main rib and kingpin throat structure with added reinforcement to the entire kingpin contact area.

Ease of Maintenance

Since uptime is a key issue for fleets, the FW35TT is easy to maintain with new exclusive design enhancements. The twin lock jaws are secured with easy-to-remove pins and can be replaced in less than 15 minutes. When the grease-free pocket liners need replacing, it now takes only seconds to pull out the old pocket liners and drop in new ones. And, the new front skirt spring retainer makes for easy Yoke Shaft Replacement.

Functionality

In addition to increased durability and easy repair, functionality is critically important in terminal tractor applications. We’ve enhanced the lock mechanism cam plate for smoother operation and increased life. And for driver convenience, an integrated automatic secondary lock eliminates the need for a manual handle for activation.

A new integrated lock down mode adds an unprecedented level of coupling security by automatically activating when a driver releases the trailer parking brakes. The new double-acting air cylinder holds the lock mechanism in the closed position until the driver re-engages the trailer parking brakes and activates the in-cab release to unlock the fifth wheel. This new lock down mode automatically prevents the FW35TT from being accidentally uncoupled.
To keep yard operations running smoothly day in and day out, our HOLLAND FW35TT is the quickest, and most reliable coupling terminal tractor fifth wheel in the industry.

About SAF-HOLLAND

SAF-HOLLAND S.A., located in Luxembourg, is the largest listed supplier to the commercial vehicle market in Europe. With sales of approximately EUR 1,060 million in 2015 and more than 3,100 employees, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of chassis-related systems and components primarily for trailers, trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles. The product range comprises axle and suspension systems, fifth wheels, kingpins, and landing gear and is marketed under the brands SAF, Holland, and Neway. SAF-HOLLAND sells its products to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on six continents. The Aftermarket Business Unit sells spare parts to the Original Equipment Service (OES) of the manufacturers and to end customers and service centers through its own extensive global service and distribution network. SAF-HOLLAND is one of the few suppliers in the truck and trailer industry that is internationally positioned in almost all markets worldwide.