Hydraulic brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SchnabelLawnCare, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm wanting to put some hydraulic brakes on my single axle 6x12 because the brakes on my s10 don't stop it as quickly as I'd like, and I'd rather not have to wire the truck for electric brakes.

    Also, any repuatable places online to buy them from? Thanks! 3500lbs single ex lube axle.
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you go to a place that sells trailer parts and see what they have for surge brakes for a boat trailer you don't want to know what the electric over hydraulic brakes are worth.
     
  3. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you saying electric brakes are cheaper?
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  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    To put electric brakes on your trailer and wire the truck for a brake controller will be cheaper. Hydraulic brakes also require a brake controller because it controls a pump that operates the hydraulic brakes.

    I'am not a big fan of electric brakes either but for your situation it is the cheapest option to get brakes on your trailer.
     
  5. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ah okay. I was under the impression that the hydraulic brakes didn't need a controller. How laborious is it to wire a truck for trailer brakes? I guess I don't even think it's worth it either way if it would need a controller.

    Is there any type of brake that just adjusts its braking pressure to how heavy the load is? Because that is what I thought the hydraulic brakes were.
     
  6. Gravel Rat

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    That is surge brakes they do work mainly used on boat trailers this is what you need plus running brake line to the axle plus put hydraulic brake parts on your trailer axle.

    www.atwoodmobile.com/chassis-components/surge-brake-actuators.asp

    You are still getting into some money putting surge brakes on the trailer.
     
  7. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    So even with the surge coupler, I would need to buy hydraulic bakes for the axle?
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  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes because your axle has no brakes on it.
     
  9. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    But you can't do electric brakes with the surge coupler?

    I really appreciate your help, Gravel Rat.
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  10. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
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    GR is off his rocker on this one.

    all you need is a surge brake kit like this one.

    Northern Tool 7 in Surge break kit.

    Hooks right up to your tongue and needs nothing on the truck side besides standard 4 wire light setup. Not a good control as a electric system, but should add a be a significant difference when loaded, may cause some issues backing up hills.
     

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