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madman
03-20-2007, 10:09 AM
does anyone have a good design for a drop bed trailer? Or are a set of plans available? I am thinking of building a double axle model for hauling machinery around. Thanx Mike

andy_b
03-20-2007, 10:27 AM
i don't have any plans for them, but they look pretty simple. they are all i rent when i need to haul something. i'd say if you go to the local rental place and make a few notes you should be able to build one. the toughest part will be making the "superstructure" rigid enough.

i love a good project as much as the next person, but i've seen used ones for sale and with the costs of steel and your time, it may be cheaper to buy one.

andy b.

Tin Falcon
03-20-2007, 12:03 PM
Try this link normal disclaimers may be what you are looking for.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/NTESearch?storeId=6970&N=0&Ntk=All&Ntt=Trailer%20plans&Nty=1&D=Trailer%20plans&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Dx=mode+matchallpartial
Regards
tin

plastikosmd
03-20-2007, 12:24 PM
dunno, have posted pics of mine before...paid 1900$ used,
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j5/plastikosmd/1.jpg

movin the Abene mill
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j5/plastikosmd/5.jpg

10 seconds and it is off the ground
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j5/plastikosmd/8.jpg

keepin the abene dry until delivery
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j5/plastikosmd/9.jpg
scott

plastikosmd
03-20-2007, 12:26 PM
sorry for the size..dont have an editor at work..but it shows the detail well. also in first pic note the trailer is dropped..and the winch im using (old hand crank beauty) is in the reese hitch of the truck..so you can load trailer unhooked. try that with a tilt bed
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j5/plastikosmd/2.jpg

Milacron of PM
03-20-2007, 03:58 PM
Do you literally mean "drop bed" like plastiko's or just a tilting bed ?

bhjones
03-20-2007, 04:20 PM
Cool. I've never seen a drop bed like that. Does it use hydraulics to lower and lift the bed? What are the dimensions of the trailer, and it's capacity?

Milacron of PM
03-20-2007, 05:20 PM
Cool. I've never seen a drop bed like that. Does it use hydraulics to lower and lift the bed? What are the dimensions of the trailer, and it's capacity?

More info on how they work and pictures of new ones...

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/14461.html?

plastikosmd
03-20-2007, 07:38 PM
deck is 6x 12 or 14 cant remember... lift is hydraulic, all self contained in trailer..including power. weight...capacity is 7k..maybe more as i did upgrade the surge brake system from 7 to 10..and the 10k trailer is built the exact same..but i usually run much lighter than 7 k..just a machine here and there..at at time.
scott

CCWKen
03-20-2007, 07:57 PM
Home Depot used to rent those trailers. You might check there or one of your local rental centers. Should be cheaper than trying to build or buy one.

Milacron of PM
03-20-2007, 09:50 PM
Home Depot used to rent those trailers. You might check there or one of your local rental centers. Should be cheaper than trying to build or buy one.

Might even be worth renting one so he can have a day to relax with it, try it out and if he likes the concept for his application, take lots of photos and measurments to create his own plans to make one.

Normally I'd say it ridiculous to make your own trailer as standard trailers are availble all over the place for a pittance over cost of materials. But in this case, at $9,000 for a new one, one probably would come out ahead to make one's own (assuming one is retired and/or has lots of free time)

Even better to find a used one like Plastiko did, but they are pretty rare used, so might take years for one to turn up.