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TB 9-2330-381-14-1
2-2. LOADING AND UNLOADING ABLE PAYLOAD WITH MINE CLEARING BLADE ATTACHED (CONT)
NOTE
The following procedures provide instructions for unloading an able payload
(Abrams MBT series with mine clearing blade attached) onto the M1000 semitrailer.
The M1070 tractor is illustrated as the prime mover throughout these instructions.
If other prime movers are used, these procedures will need to be changed
significantly.
b. Unloading an able payload. To unload an able payload, proceed as follows:
(1) If tractor and semitrailer are already coupled, proceed to step (2) below.
If tractor/semitrailer are
uncoupled, perform procedures in paragraph 2-2a, steps (2) thru (4).
WARNING
Unload semitrailer on level ground whenever possible.  in adverse conditions,
unloading can be done on grades up to 10 percent with a maximum offset angle of
10 degrees between tractor and semitrailer. Avoid exceeding these limitations to
prevent payload from rolling off semitrailer and causing serious injury or death to
personnel and damage to equipment.
(2) Aline back of tractor/semitrailer combination with area to be used for unloading. Ensure that ample space is
provided for ramps to be lowered and payload to be off-loaded past end of ramps and that ground is as
level as possible.
(3) Visually check tractor/semitrailer offset angle by having ground guide (spotter) check relationship between
steering wedge bolt and weld circle at bottom rear of pickup plate. If inside edge of bolt aligns with outside
edge of weld circle, offset angle is 10 degrees. Make any required adjustments to tractor.
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