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Hydraulic Jack Tilts Trailer Back
“It eliminates the need for someone to hold the back of the trailer down as vehicles are driven on and off. It also eliminates the need for ramps,” says Harvey Nielsen, Melfort, Sask., about the “tilt trailer” he recently built.
He uses it to haul his utility vehicle as well as a home-built portable brush cutter and 1975 Cushman Trackster, an amphibious tracked ATV.
The 2-wheeled trailer measures 10 ft. long and has a plywood floor with a metal “stone guard” on front. The trailer tongue is hinged where it connects to the deck frame. Nielsen bolted a 24-in. long hydraulic jack onto the tongue and connected it to a metal bracket that’s bolted to the bottom of the stone guard. The top of the jack is connected to a clevis that’s pinned to the bracket.
Nielsen unlatches a metal tab to release the front end of the trailer from the tongue, then pumps the jack all the way up to raise the front end of the trailer until the back end touches the ground.
He used 2 by 2 and 2 by 4 tubing to build the trailer’s frame and cross members and seamless pipe to build the axle. The wheel hubs and springs are new. The stone guard is built out of sheet metal and pipe and is protected by the belt off an old gravel crusher.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harvey Nielsen, P.O. Box 1032, Melfort, Sask., Canada S0E 1A0 (ph 306 752-9253).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6