You can build this handy trailer to haul lumber, topsoil, lawn equipment.just about anything within a 2,000-
pound capacity. The lightweight, bolt-together design makes it easy to use and not too difficult to construct.
• Beginner - about a week
• Intermediate - about 4 to 5 days
• Advanced - about 2 to 3 days
1. If you buy a complete axle assembly, you'll have no welding. It's also
important that you use a very robust drill for the metal. A heavy-duty
3/8" variable speed drill is the minimum required.
Place the springs over the mounting pads on the axle and attach using
the U-bolts and square plates. Using nuts with lock washers or
compression nuts, tighten snugly for now. Over the ends of the springs,
install the shackles. The swinging link, which allows the spring to distort
under load, should be at the rear of the trailer.
2. Install the back wheels to the wheel mounting studs, then measure the
distance between the tires to determine trailer width. The space
between the wheels must be large enough to allow at least 3/4"
clearance between the tire and the finished side of the trailer.
3. After cutting two crossbeams from the angle iron, center the
crossbeams over the shackles and spring braces. Making sure that the
springs are square to the axle, mark the location of the bolts on the
crossbeams and drill 1/2" holes. With lock washers, bolt the crossbeams
through the spring braces and into the shackles, pointing the bolts
downward. Now tighten the U-bolt firmly.
4. a From the 2" angle iron, you'll cut your two side beams, the rear beam
and the front beam to these dimensions.
4. b Clamp the side beams, the rear beam and the front beam together at
the corners using C-clamps or locking pliers and make sure the
assembly is square.
5. Now mark the center line of the trailer and place the frame over the
wheel assembly with the center line of the wheels just behind the trailer
center line. T