Hydraulic Skidding Systems
Slide Systems with capacity to 1,000 tons. A way to move extremely heavy loads is by skidding. For that purpose, a so-called skidding track is required. This is a steel track fitted with Teflon blocks. On top of the blocks a skid-shoe or beam is placed inside the track which has a stainless steel bottom and a load carrying structure on top. Teflon and stainless steel combined with lubricant have a very limited friction, allowing large loads to be moved with limited force. This system is simple and strong. The skid tracks can only be fitted in a straight line which limits maneuverability. The weight of the load is directly transmitted to the skid-shoe and the track beneath, so the entire track requires load spreading and/or foundation.