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3500lb axles

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Jaybrown, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,160

    If I have a 7x17 aluminum with 2 3500 lb axles If I have the usual lawn care equipment and a 1200lb zturn and two trim mowers. Will I risk bending the axles??????
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    No. Not even close
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  3. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Nope. With two of them that gives you 7000 pounds. WIth an aluminum trailer and the Z you have plenty of capacity.
     
  4. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,160

    I was just looking at another thread where someone said the had a trailer 16' or 18'. And bent the axles. Uneven ware on the tires
     
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Have you noticed that with your tires?

    Trailer axles have a camber them. In that the axle tube arcs. That is normal. When you're loader or your trailer is loaded the arc flattens out.

    As far as uneven wear, that could be damage to the axle, or the axle is not lined up properly. It could be some other factor.
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Assuming his trailer is rated for 7,000 lbs, he can unevenly load his trailer to the point that he can exceed the rated axle weight of 3,500 lbs by having too much weight on the front or too much weight towards the rear of the trailer.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Wouldn't having too much weight on the front cause the front of the trailer and back of the truck to dip excessively? And too much rear weight causes the rig to sway at speed?
     
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    In theory, maybe. In reality your trailer will not handle well at all. Besides tandem axles are close together and weight is bridged out.
     
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    Youll be fine. I see hacks around here riding around with 2 Z's on a single axle
     
  10. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    I say yes too, until you run off the road at 55 mph and the trailer runs though a pot hole and then bends an axle. So I guess my answer would be no.
     

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