Re: New dump trailer for my GT
Here are the subassemblies. 1st is the dual axle trolley. The tires are 16x6.5-8, and the wheels are nice and heavy duty. The bearings are sintered metal, and the wheels have grease fittings. I think it would be a nicer touch if there were ball bearings, but these look like they will give good service if kept greased.
2nd is the subframe and tongue, 3rd is the dump mechanism, which fits between the subframe rails and bolts in place. Just to look, without measuring, the bottom of the jack sits about 6 inches off the ground, and looks like it might could "high center" if taken on rough terrain, but shouldn't hit the ground on lawns or garden. The track of the wheels is just less than the trailer width, I'd like to have seen the tires stick out a bit to give a wider stance and better stability for heaped loads. As a matter of fact, I'd like to see this trailer a bit wider overall, maybe about 45-48 inches, but it has quite a capacity as is, and maybe was designed narrower to better fit behind medium size garden tractors such as the X3xx and X5xx (and comparable other brands). The 4th picture is the deck frame.
For those who have CUT's and want something bigger than this one, a 4x8 footer is available and has the option of a hydraulic cylinder which can be operated from the tractor hydraulics. It has a 2-ton capacity. Both this and the bigger version are also available as wagons, with the front wheels steerable by the tongue, using spindles and tie rods (see the website). I wanted the trailer, as I have a wagon and it's a PITA to back up, where this trailer should be realtively easy to back.
I unpacked everything today. My box had a hole in the bottom from the steel bands tearing it, and part of my hardware did not make the trip. No big deal, a few nuts and bolts, so I took the parts list to the hardware store and just replaced them, rather than have to wait for the mfg to send replacements.
I dry assembled the trailer to get an idea of relationship of the parts, and then cut the plywood to fit and put it in place. One of the mods I plan to do is have a sheet of steel, maybe 14 gauge, laid over the ply and welded to the frame. This will make the floor much smoother for dirt loads to slide out when dumped, plus will last forever. the wood underneath will serve to stiffen the steel overlay, but will still slide out when replacement is needed, if ever.
Tomorrow, I will clean all the subassemblies and repaint them. The white wheels will become J-D yellow, and the red frame will become J-D green. I will let the 5/4 deck planks age a bit to dry them out, and then clearcoat them with polyurethane.
More to follow; after the paint dries, the assembly begins !
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