M817 from Barstow, Military disabled brakes

drjconley

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I just got my third 5 ton yesterday. I have been haveing a great time playing with and useing them.

The most recent one is a M817 that I picked up from Barstow. It is in good shape minus any brakes includeing the parking brake. Tim from GL told me that all of the trucks that they had at the time that I purchased mine had the brakes intentionally disabled by the military.

Why would they do that?

Has anyone figured out the SOP for the military to disable the brakeing system?

I am sure I could figure it out, but it would be great to have an idea where to start.

Thank you,
Jim

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MyothersanM1

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If that doesn't go against the motto"Safety First", then I don't know what does. I do not see the logic in disabling the brakes:confused:. You would think they would want to keep the trucks from rolling away. Its like having a yard full of huge roller skates.
 

drjconley

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The GL rep said the military disabled the brakes to keep anyone from useing them. There were about 7 dump trucks up at the same time. All of them had the same thing done to them. I had to unload it from the trailer up hill and then I quickly got a tow bar on it so I could safely move it. I would think there would be easier and safer ways to keep soldiers from useing the trucks.

Jim
 
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