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Old 04-13-2012, 04:02 PM   post #1 of 24
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Default Lawn trailer modification

I picked up this old lawn and garden trailer about three years ago for $20 at a swap meet.
It wasn't very convenient to use because it sits so low to the ground.
With the tongue set at about the height of the hitch plate on most garden tractors, you see how the trailer tilts down at the back.
If I take it over any rough ground, the back of the trailer often rubs the ground.




It's built from fairly heave gauge steel and is set up as a tilt bed with a lift latch on the front.




The tailgate lifts off and is held in place by two pieces of angle iron welded to each side.
There are stake pocket brackets welded to the inside on each corner.




Here's a view of the underside.




The first thing to do was to strip it all down.




Then I cut the axle off the bottom of the trailer.




The axle is welded back on with a piece of angle iron welded on each side to extend it up off the trailer bed.




Angle iron was then welded along both sides of the trailer to strengthen it.




Support brackets are welded to the axle on each side.

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:40 PM   post #2 of 24
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As always ,,nicely done,,you make fabrication look easy,,,,,,,,,I hope my truck never stalls and quits near your place,,by the time I get back with a tow truck ,you will have it converted into a doodlebug.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:48 PM   post #3 of 24
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When I cut the axle off the trailer that also took away some of the support across the center of the bed.
I bent up a piece of solid steel rod and welded it in place to add support back to the center of the bed.




The tongue is bent so it still sets into the "V" notches that keep it in line with the trailer.




The locking lever is welded back in place and the trailer is ready for sanding and painting.




Here's how it looks with the bed tilted.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:37 PM   post #4 of 24
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Nice work jd. will it sit level when it is hooked to your tractor now?
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:10 PM   post #5 of 24
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will it sit level when it is hooked to your tractor now?
Yes .. the tongue is set at the height of my tractor in the photos.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:39 AM   post #6 of 24
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Looks like a great trailer!
Wish that I had something similar.
I bought a J.D. "dump bed" trailer from Lowe's for around $200 and it tips alright, but not enough to "dump". I end up on the wrong end of a shovel to empty it.
I'm thinking about replacing the tires with a wheel barrow size to raise mine up to work like it should.
for sharing your tips and photos!
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:30 AM   post #7 of 24
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Nice mods.. What colour will you paint it?
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:09 PM   post #8 of 24
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Decided that it might be a good idea to add a brace to the underside of the tongue to support the curved area.
Both of the tractors that I would use this on have a ball style hitch on them so I welded a ball style coupler to this trailer.

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Old 04-14-2012, 02:46 PM   post #9 of 24
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I put ball connectors on all my trailers so if I need to I can puol them across the yard with a truck. Or if need be I can drag a bigger trailer with the tractor. Always nice to have options.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:58 PM   post #10 of 24
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Here's the finished trailer.
It's a working trailer and not a show piece so I'm not going to waste time and money on painting the inside.





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Old 04-14-2012, 08:37 PM   post #11 of 24
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Great mods to that little trailer.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:38 PM   post #12 of 24
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Other than not having fenders, that is the exact match to my IH cart. I like it - very rugged and I think being low is an advantage in that if you need to move something heavy it is not such a lift to get it up into the cart. Much more stable being that low to the ground, too.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:17 AM   post #13 of 24
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Yup .. that's the trailer alright. Thank you for posting that.
The metal in these is much thicker than in the lawn trailers that are available now and I was wondering who had built them.

I can see where the low design would work on the smaller garden tractors although it does look like the trailer tilts back some when it is hooked to your tractor also.

I could have made the low design work on the R/T because that tractor has a 3-point hitch and the height can be raised or lowered to fit the trailer.
However, the hitch on the Shaw is about 20 inches high and when I hooked the trailer to it the back of the trailer was only about 1 inch off the ground.

Another reason that I wanted to raise it up was because it was difficult to move around by itself.
With it being so low, I had to walk bent over in order to hold the trailer tongue and not have the back of the trailer dragging the ground.

I had used the trailer behind the R/T to haul dirt once and had the hitch lowered so the trailer was setting level.
when I dumped it, the trailer didn't have enough room to tilt back at enough angle so the dirt would fall out by itself very well.
With it sitting higher, it now tilts back at a steep enough angle that the dirt should slide right out.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:33 AM   post #14 of 24
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That's a very nice rebuild. I wish I had your fabing skills. A good solid trailer is the best thing is the world. When we got a Husqvarna tractor a couple years ago it came with a light bolt together thing. Glad Dad kept his trailer he built years ago. The new one just won't last. These solid ones will probably be passed on to our grandkids.

Just a thought are you going to put a rope on the tilt release and another on the box so you never have to get out of the seat? Seeing your other work you could probably make a swinging tailgate for it. And are those pockets on the inside for holding tools or are they for wood bed extensions?

And Poppa Dave, do you mean to say that there's a right end of a shovel to end up on? Personally I don't have any fondness for either end.

Again, very nice job-
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:03 PM   post #15 of 24
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1- Just a thought are you going to put a rope on the tilt release and another on the box so you never have to get out of the seat?
2- Seeing your other work you could probably make a swinging tailgate for it. 3- And are those pockets on the inside for holding tools or are they for wood bed extensions?
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1- Don't think so. Both of my tractors are big enough that it would be hard to reach the rope from the tractor seat.
I had thought of making a lever that sticks up from the front of the trailer tongue to operate the dump release.
The lever would be easy to reach from the seat but you would still have to get off to tilt the box back into normal position though.

The R/T has a hydraulic hook up at the back so I just might put a hydraulic dump cylinder on the trailer.
That way I could dump the box and return it to normal position without getting off the tractor.
I'm going to wait and see just how much it gets used as a dump before I put more time and money into it for hydraulic power.

2- Easy enough to do but a swing tailgate can get in the way when your using it as a dump trailer.
Even if I hinged it from the top, it can still get in the way.
I like the convenience of just lifting it off.

3- The pockets are for post for side boards.
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1948 Bolens Ridemaster - 35AA01 Ser#457
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