The mechanical gooseneck trailer is now 70 years old and it’s anniversary is being celebrated by its maker, Talbert Manufacturing of Rensselaer, Indiana.
A press release from the company pays homage to Austin Talbert, engineer and founder of Talbert Construction Equipment Co., who developed the first gooseneck that was patented in 1947 and entered the Canadian market in the 1950s. The mechanical gooseneck revolutionized equipment loading by eliminating the need to drive equipment up and over the trailer tires, enhancing operator safety, and saving contractors time and hassle.
Talbert Manufacturing was originally established as Talbert Construction Equipment Co. in 1938, in Lyons, Illinois. It served the Chicago market with crane and construction equipment rentals and heavy haul transport services. It was the gooseneck, however, that was its claim to fame.
Austin Talbert went on to design and patent the industry’s first hydraulic removable gooseneck. The hydraulic gooseneck offered the same safety benefits as the mechanical unit, but could be removed in as little as 2 minutes, much faster than the mechanical model.
“The mechanical gooseneck is still a popular choice for owners who do little equipment loading and offloading and need to minimize weight,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of marketing and sales. “But when it comes to multiple offloads, as often as two or more times per day, the time savings of a hydraulic gooseneck really adds up.”
Talbert patented several other heavy-haul trailer technologies that improved safety and efficiency, including the first removable rear suspension that allowed for safe rear loading and the hydraulically steered and suspended trailer for navigating tight turns with longer, over dimensional loads.