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Date: 2013-01-31

Albion, PA —Jim and Steve Kiley, owners of Kiley Paving Ltd. in Kingston, Ontario, knew exactly what they wanted when it was time to buy a new low-boy float to haul their paving equipment. Jim’s more than 40 years of experience had taught him that they needed a high-quality float that could stand up to frequent use hauling excavators, asphalt pavers, bulldozers and heavy rollers. A float that would carry more than one piece of equipment per trip would save considerable time and money. They also needed a gradual ramp to make loading the equipment safer and easier. After checking out several local dealers, Jim went to Warren Smith at Industrial Trailer Supply Company of King City, Ontario, a ROGERS dealer for more than 45 years, where he found a float that fulfilled all of their requirements. Warren suggested a 55-ton Gentle Riser, the hallmark of Rogers Blacktop Series trailers.

The Gentle Riser design has a 16° angle of incline for safe, easy access from the deck to the rear frame. Optional depressed riser center beams readily accommodate the stick of an excavator while allowing a roller to climb up the wood-covered outer ramps. The Gentle Riser is available in 31.7 to 54.4-ton (35 to 60-ton) capacities with deck lengths ranging from 6.7m to 8.5m (22' to 28') long, and from 2.5m to 3m (8'6" to 10') wide. Optional features include a 50cm (20") loaded deck height for increased overhead clearance and a 91cm (3') rear ledge with a bumper stop to add extra loading space without increasing the wheelbase. Warren helped Jim fine-tune the design for a float to meet his specific needs. His recommendations included 275 70R 22.5 tires, a rear bumper stop and ROGERS adjustable front folding loading ramps. “We are very satisfied,” says Steve Kiley, Professional Engineer at Kiley Paving. “We’ve had the float in frequent use for five months and it has performed to our full expectations.”

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This Rogers® 55-ton Gentle Riser is built to handle the rugged conditions encountered in road paving.
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