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 01-30-2006, 11:52 Post: 123773
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I apologize in advance if this subject is not supposed to be posted here but I didnít see a topic heading for trailers.

I am planning on building a trailer to haul my tractor, though I am finding out that after I purchase all the materials I can possible buy one for less. But that is another subject. Anyways, my questions relates to the number of axles. I believe my tractor weights about 3,200 lbs and the FEL about 800lbs (JD 950 with a model 80 FEL).

I can get a single axle with a 5000lbs rating or a tandem axles each with a 3500lbs rating. If I go with the tandem am I still limited to 3500lbs? Or is it 3500lbs times 2?






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 01-30-2006, 11:57 Post: 123774
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You could very probably buy one for less than the cost of building one yourself.

Besides, unless you're a very experienced welder, a trailer is not a good place to learn or hone your skills.

A tandem trailer with two 3.5k axles will give you 7k gross capacity.

Unless you have a very substantial tow vehicle, or you only plan on making very short, slow speed trips I wouldn't recommend a single axle trailer. A single axle trailer tends to act like a teeter-totter, the tongue is either to heavy, or too light. This can cause a very unstable ride.

Best of luck.






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 01-30-2006, 12:09 Post: 123776
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Wow, thank you for the quick reply. I am not bad with welding. But I am starting to get some pricing. After buy the material I am finding completed trailers for less. Pretty amazing.






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 01-30-2006, 12:20 Post: 123778
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It's not all that amazing, the economies of buying in bulk add up as do the OEM discounts.

Just be sure not to underbuy when it comes to getting a trailer.

Trailers are like boats no matter how big you get, after you've had it for awhile you will begin to wish it was justa couple of feet bigger.

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 01-30-2006, 16:40 Post: 123794
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I purchased a Bri-Mar 18 foot, 12,000lb tandem axle trailer new for $2800 from my dealer. Wouldn't even think of trying to build it for that. Keep in mind its not only the steel for the trailer and the axles, but also the wheels, tires, wood for the decking, lights, wiring, hardware, tongue jack, etc. Also, many new trailers come with a powder coat paint finish as well. It was much easier to write the check and back the truck up! Also greater piece of mind. If I'm going down the road and the tongue falls off, it's not my problem but someone else's.






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I am not too sure how 'handy' you are with a cutting torch or a welder, but I built myself a tri-axel trailer with 3-3.5K axels. I salvaged most of the stuff and lucked out and got the 3 axels(and an extra 4th) for nothing. It takes alot of measuring,cutting, and welding. A buddy of mine wired it and put on the lights - just had to pay for the parts. In Wisconsin, it also has to be inspected and licensed. It can be done, but unless you have others with experience, it may well cost you more. I cut my own boards from my own trees in my neighbors small sawmill. I probably have less than $1000 in the trailer. I pull it with my 1998 F-150 - 4+4(with inflatable airbags). It is more than I need but, better more than not enough. I pull my bulldozer, tractors, haybails, etc. with no problem, and it is street legal.
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