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Powered Wood Hauling Trailer
In your last issue, a reader wrote about building a powered wood-hauling trailer. I have built one myself and it works well. I welded a splined pto shaft and to a Chevy 4-sp. transmission that mounts on the tongue of a trailer made out of a 2 1/2-ton truck. I mounted the shaft on two pillow block bearings on the hitch and ran the shaft to the transmission. A driveshaft runs from the transmission to the rear-end which is mounted under the trailer. The rear end has a 17,500 lb. housing and is fitted with 20-in. tires. The trick to making it all work is to turn the rear-end housing upside down so it'll drive in the right direction since the pto turns the opposite direction of the original drive shaft. The finished trailer has 4 speeds forward and 1 in reverse. When the rear-end's in low and the transmission's in third gear, it matches the speed of my IH 384 tractor in fourth gear. I can always shift speeds on the transmission to match tractor speed. (Richard Folkins, Rt. 2, Apohaqui, New Brunswick, Canada)

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5