Type of Manual: Operator's, Unit Maintenance Manual and Repair Parts and Special Tools
Model Number and equipment Name:
214LS20 - Spreader, Lifting, IS0 and Intermodal Freight Containers: Type II, Top Lift TLS
(20 foot spreader).
215LS40 - Spreader, Lifting, IS0 and Intermodal Freight Containers: Type II, Top Lift TLS
(40 foot spreader).
Purpose of Equipment: The spreaders are designed to couple to intermodal freight
containers, lift and transport the containers between highway semitrailers, railroad cars,
oceangoing ships and storage areas.
Department of the Army forms and procedures used for equipment maintenance will be those
prescribed by DA PAM 738-750. The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS).
1-3 REPORTING EQUIPMENT IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS (EIR)
If your spreader bar needs improvement, let us know. Send us an EIR. You, the user, are the only one who
can tell us what you don't like about the design. Put it on an SF 368 (Product Quality Deficiency Report).
Mail it to: Commander, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, ATTN: AMSTA-MP, Warren, MI
1-4 DESTRUCTION OF ARMY MATERIEL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE
Demolition of materie1 to prevent enemy use will be in accordance with the requirements of TM 750-244-6,
Procedures for Destruction of Tank-Automotive Equipment to Prevent Enemy Use.
1-5 PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT
Preparation for storage or shipment is covered in Section IV, paragraphs 3-10 and 3-11.
1-6 EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITIES, AND FEATURES
a. Description. The spreader bars are of rugged construction, and are designed for opera-
tion over a long period of time. The spreaders (both 20 foot and 40 foot) are equipped
with an alignment arm on each end, and two on each side, for ease of positioning the
spreader on a container. A cam locking device is installed to prevent the twist lock
couplers from moving out of the locked position while a container is being lifted and
b. Capabilities and Features. The spreaders have a wire rope hoist bridle assembly, a rigid
frame, and four twist lock freight container couplings. The spreaders are compatible for
use with dockside hoists and cranes, crawler cranes, truck cranes, or container handling