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NEWS | June 28, 2022

HEMTT A4: Right Way to Stencil Periodic Load Tests

Photo by Scott Sturkol
Maintenance leaders, there’s been some confusion in units that have HEMTT A4s about how to correctly stencil the results of periodic load tests. That’s because the TM and TB give differing guidance.
After successful completion of the periodic load test, TM 9-2320-326-13&P (EM 0288, Sep 20) tells you to stencil the load rating “including load radius” on the side of the boom or mast using ½-inch letters.
TB 43-0142, Safety Inspection and Testing of Lifting Devices (Feb 97), tells you to stencil the “load rating” and date of the next periodic inspection.
There’s no need to stencil the load radius because that information is already on the vehicle’s data plate. TACOM is aware and a DA Form 2028 has been submitted to omit “including load radius” from the next TM update.
Here’s the correct way to stencil the equipment: Once you’ve successfully completed the periodic load test, stencil the load rating and date of the next periodic inspection in ½-inch letters on the mast or boom. Be sure to place the stencil in such a way that it’s clearly visible from the ground and to the operator.
Note that the stencil markings will be the same color as other vehicle markings.
Jot this info down until the TM is updated.
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