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Old 04-18-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default Garden trailer with brakes?

I recently got an old bolens garden trailer through a trade sight unseen.
I was very surprised to see that it has heavy duty drum brakes activated by a lever on the tongue, Why would you need brakes on a little trailer like this? When its not hooked to a tractor the tongue laying on the ground would act as a brake of sorts and its not likely to be loaded when unhooked, when on the tractor I can't see the benefit of reaching back to engage the trailer brakes. any ideas? the brakes appear factory.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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I wish I had a trailer with brakes. On any kind of slope that tongue laying on the ground is going to to nothing to stop it.

With my 3x6 wagon full of dirt, even my mighty 318 has trouble stopping in going down a hill.

If the brakes get in your way, I'll be glad to trade you a cheesy Sears dump wagon.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:40 AM   #3
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I suppose the trailer brakes would come in handy when your going down hill with a heavy load on and your Jake Brake fails to operate!
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #4
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Well the brakes don't get in my way but it actually takes two hands to engage/disengage the brakes so they are worthless while driving, and if the trailer is loaded the tongue would be too heavy to connect / disconnect from the tractor so the brakes would only be useful for stopping an empty disconnected trailer or when parking on a hill and getting off the tractor.
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What I love about this trailer is when you release the dump lever and pull the box forward an inch the whole box disconnects from the frame and you can flip it to totally empty it or take it off completely and use this "T" trailer for skidding logs etc.. I'm trying to dream up some other attachments. Maybe a log lift or quick attach spreader etc..
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Check the action on the brakes. It could well be that the brake assists the dumping action.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:19 PM   #6
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I think he's right!..back up,pull the brake lever (IF you could reach it!)--and the brake shoe grabs the inside of the rim and in turn,flips the axle tube, and or the dump body!..

I wonder if it was set up so a rope or handle could be used to activate the brakes from the tractor seat.I'd think it would have too!..I think brakes on a garden tractor trailer is a good idea,especially since most tractors have sucky brakes even when they work right,which isn't often in my experience!..Panzers had the best brakes,same as a Plymouth!..
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:42 PM   #7
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I had thought that the brakes where for dumping but, if you look at the pic without the body on you can see the way its set-up. the body just sits on the axle there is no leverage through the brakes to dump, the axle and tongue are a welded unit. let me know if you'd like different pics.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:35 PM   #8
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I would call sam's bolens, or sonny's bolens. They have probably seen one of these and know the reason for the brakes.

I would love to have a cart like that. They don't make anything heavy duty anymore. I priced a cart here locally and it was made of chinese tin foil, el cheapo dolly wheels, and coated in a light film of non scratch resistant leaded paint. The best part...it cost 199.99!!!!! needless to say, its still forsale locally. I could build a really nice cart for that price lol.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:46 PM   #9
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Heavy duty is right, I had a pick-up truck that wouldnt survive a collision with this thing!
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this is one I got like 40 $$ in...home made....
http://tinypic.com/r/24qtglz/6

http://tinypic.com/r/2zf311f/6

have had it rounded full of dirt....too....box is 3 x 4 x 12 deep
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Defenty for parking, and not braking use. You would wear through the wheel rim with a lot of use. DEFENTLY a cool trailer!!!
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:22 PM   #12
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Update:
I found a model # M45601
Apparently this is a cart for a bolens walk behind mower, Thats why theres brakes, it may have had a seat at one time (based upon pic I found) and also may have had a different hitch at some point ??

I'll take $200 cash or trade otherwise I'll keep it around.
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The brakes will not grab in reverse. ( well if you pull hard enough they could a little) They will only grab forward.. They kinda jam them selves against the wheel.. just like how a electric brake works on a trailer..
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