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Heavy Duty Tailgates

  • Increases Volumetric Capacity
  • Fast Opening – Fast Acting
  • Reduces Tire Costs
  • Controls Rock Spillage
  • Less Haul Road Maintenance
  • Contains Hard-To-Haul Materials
  • Balanced Load Distribution
  • Provides Better Loading Target

PHIL's Traditional Autogate® Tailgate is the first and original commercially available tailgate available! Designed in the 1960's by Phil Philippi, this tailgate works with your off-highway rigid frame truck insuring full truck utilization. Designed to cap off the back end of the truck body, the PHIL Autogate Tailgate contains most any material no matter what is being hauled or the road condition. Whether they are designed to be built up for sideboards or for standard heights, high-strength steel is used throughout. Trouble free operation is simple: the body dumps, the tailgate opens, without any locks, cylinders or controls to malfunction. Simplicity – part of what makes PHIL Autogate Tailgates An Investment Worth Making.

Installation of the PHIL Autogate Tailgate can be handled in one of three ways:

  • Tailgate to Body Installation at PHIL factory in Peoria, IL
  • Field Installation with PHIL Supervisory Assistance
  • Self Installation by customer

For installations taking place away from the PHIL factory, the following items are needed:

  • Two (2) qualified welders
  • One (1) helper to assist with the installation
  • 4 or 5 chains at least 10 ft long (10 to 20 ft preferred)
  • Lifting device capable of lifting 2 tons
  • Two, one (1) ton or larger come-alongs
  • Safe ladders or scaffolding
  • Two (2) hand winches (1 ton or larger)
  • A loader or crane with operator for intermittent use (in assembling gate and lifting it into position on truck)
  • Misc. hand tools and blocking
  • Dry, low hydrogen E70XX iron powder coated welding rods (or comparable wire)
  • Material as indicated on installation drawings for the fabrication of a basic installation tool (provided with installation manual prior to shipment of Autogate Tailgate)
  • Touch-up paint as needed

Approximate Installation Time:

Articulated Tailgate: 35 - 50 man hours +/-
Series II / Max Load Tailgate: 40 - 55 man hours +/-
Standard Rigid-Frame Tailgate: 45 - 60 man hours +/-
Outriggerless Tailgate: 45 - 60 man hours +/-
Ultra-High Tailgate: 45 - 60 man hours +/-

The time required to install an Autogate Tailgate will be directly related to organization, the number and skill set of people involved, and familiarity with tailgate installations. As with any product, if someone on the installation team has installed a tailgate before, the installation often goes more smoothly and quickly than when a team that has not installed a tailgate before is assigned the task. For this reason, Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. strongly encourages anyone that has not installed a tailgate for several years to accept our Installation Assistance service.

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