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What would be a Good used Axle for making a Trailer?
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Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-23-2003 at 21:29:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Would like to make a hay wagon for giving the kids rides (I have a handicapped niece that I keep a golf cart for) but want it to be strong enough for hauling too. Would like it to double as a livestock hauler(just one or two cows or calves at a time...only 2 miles to auction or the slaughter house) by making some removeable sides. I've seen strong heavy duty axles made just for hay wagons, but they are spendy...wondered if there was a certain old car or truck axle that was good for this application. Lynch


DeadCarp - buy one    Posted 01-24-2003 at 08:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my whole life, it's almost NEVER been cheaper to make your own trailer. Even ignoring the time, if you add up the parts, welding rod, paint, light kit etc, i'd rather watch for something "pretty close" to right at an auction or back lot. Right now i'm looking for one made outa a pickup box to haul wood - neighbor got a nice solid one last year for $150, tube frame and everything - just the ticket .. :)


I Hear Ya...    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:17:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
But most of the trailers here are rusted out junk. There are a few guys that make trailers and they are spendy...But,they have to be making a profit...so I figured I'd save the profit part of the whole thing....Lynch


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 10:37:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Although Cliff has built eleven trailors... from 8' to 22' long... out of mobile home axles (only one of those was for himself) he totally agrees that it's about as expensive to build as to buy.


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:35:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I already have pipe, any size thickness wood planks I need, fasteners, wires, any size wheels, gret tires, and a welder...all I need are the two axles...I have plenty of time...Lynch


Salmoneye    Posted 01-24-2003 at 04:50:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just about any old 1/2-1 ton axel will do...If you are talking hauling cattle of any size, I would make a 'wagon' and not a 2-wheel 'cart' type pull behind...Use good strong steel tubing for a frame (2"x2" at least), cross brace it well, and use the springs off the truck...

I have a 'cart' that was built from the rear axle of a 1934 Chevy...least that is what I was told...still has the brake drums and springs on it...hauls almost a cord of wood just fine...

Dana 35 (old Jeep CJ's), Dana 44 (IH Scout, some Jeeps) for heavy duty...You can also just buy an old pickup and cut off the rear end...Leave the box attached to the frame and just torch the frame behind the cab...attach a tongue...Good to go...Lots of those around here...


That's what I meant...a 4 wheel wagon...    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:19:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
rides better for hay rides. Even though we only have 25 acres, it's set up where you can get away from everything...might as well be a hundred acres. Lynch


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 00:17:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband has made several trailors for himself and others, using mobile home axles and wheels.


Now that sounds promising!    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:22:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks...lots of those in East Texas! I'll have to check it out. Never thought of those...thanks!Lynch


Salmoneye    Posted 01-24-2003 at 04:38:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
While 'mobile home' axles are handy for in the fields or woods...Technically...They are not DOT approved for any use other than slow speed transport of Mobile Homes...Think they are rated for no more than 40 MPH...They frown upon their use under any other thing, and will cite you if you get caught hauling cows or a tractor, say...



BUMMER    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:23:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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sHan    Posted 01-24-2003 at 06:12:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to disagree with you about the MH tires the newer ones are different than the old ones ive got 2 axles under my 24 ft tralor that i haul tractors on and its got about 3000 mi of 70mph interstate runnin on them and they hold up just fine (BUT THESE ARE BRANDNEW TIRES)

Disclaimer;;;these are my results and not a profesonal, im not guarenting anything,but my personal expereance........


SOUNDS BETTER    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:25:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wouldn't be hauling far anyway...and of course I would run new or nearly new tires. Lynch


Burrhead    Posted 01-24-2003 at 06:34:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have'nt had any probs with MH axles either.I have about 8 of them in circulation right now. I like the electric brakes that are already on the axles from the factory.

Dunlop makes some regular road type tires that are just fine for heavy use like hauling tractors or hay at any legal road speed.

The ones I use are 8X14.5 bias ply tires. The rim with a good tire is $20 at a local trailer house supply. The hiway type replacement tires cost around $50 new locally here.

The only problem I have seen is that some folks don't understand the Dayton type wheels need to be trued with correct lug nut tightening sequence,

One more thing most folks around here don't do is they don't check the lug nuts and keep them tightened as needed.


I Only Use Bias Ply Tires....    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:43:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...on my trailers...period. One of my buddies tried to talk me into using radials for my boat trailer...NO WAY! He bought the most expensive ones and his boat trailer pulls lousy. Some folks buy the radials and inflate them until they are hard, but that isn't even as good as a good bias ply tire. Pulls straight as an arrow. Lynch


Salmoneye    Posted 01-24-2003 at 07:00:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK...You got me...

It is not the axles so much as it is the type of tire used...

I apologize...


Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-24-2003 at 05:41:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
The cheapest way out of this for me was to check around and find a good used 6x10 mower trailer then build a framework from gas pipe and attatch wire cattle panels to make a removeable, fairly easy to handle box you can secure to the trl. side rails. The tail gate is just another piece of cattle panel that is just wired in place with baling wire. That way I wound up with an inexpencive multi-use trl. This may not work for everyone, but it does ok for me.


That sounds good, but...    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:31:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...I want to make removeable panels and use it for different things. I already have a 16ft tandem axle low-boy trailer...but I don't even haul my tractor on that...don't think it's heavy duty enough. Have a MF 175 diesel. I want a heavy duty wagon...lynch


Sid    Posted 01-24-2003 at 20:37:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen some pretty hefty hay wagons made frome old car and truck frames. They where the old stlye chassies so I guess you would have to go back to a pre seventie vechile. most of them just took the body off and built a tongue for the steering axle. They were the single tie rod type. The problem with most of these was the springs allowed the wagon to rock frome side to side with a load making it hard to haul much of a load in the field so some of the farmers would put a solid blok in the springs to stop this from happening. I own an old bomb trailer, at least that is what the tag on it says, that a neighbor had a hay frame built on the older men said it was not too bad for hauling loose hay but man I hated to have to load that thing when I was a kid it rocked so bad you could hardly stand up much less load baled hay on it The old fellar kept saying put more on it son or you will never get all this hay in. I guess I have gone on long enough probavly haven,t answered your question but hope to have helped with an idea or two.


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