Today's Project- trailer gate lift

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FrankenScagMachines, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Cost less than $20 to make and really really saves your back! Took me about 10 minutes with the drill, welder, peice of angle iron, 145# garage door spring (available at Lowe's for about $12.xx), U-bolts, wrench and can of spray paint.

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  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    If you are building one, the angle iron is 1/8" thick 2"x2" and it is 24" long. Clamp it in place tightly with vice grips when welding and have your gate in the up position when you clamp it, with the angle iron sitting about an inch above the top rail of the trailer. It's welded to the gate. Weld on as many sides as possible, these springs are powerful.

    When adjusted right it will suspend the gate like shown, and a slight push down or up will go by itself! You can lift it with your pinky or toe of your shoe.

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  3. I will make sure Eric "ELM" Erickson gets credit for this design.

    There are other produced, but this is a carbon copy like off his web site.

    I prefer the MFG ones, but again Thank Eric for this design.
     
  4. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I JUST built one a few days ago!!!!! Works (and looks exactly identical!!!) Guess great minds think alike!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!:D
     
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    I was going to mention it is like his.. really I was! :eek:
    Couple small differences but basically the same.

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  6. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've had baaaaaaaaaadd experience with springs-I just dont trust em at all. So when I built mine, I took a piece of PVC pipe about 1 1/2 x's the diameter of the spring so I dont get cought on it, or if it pops off or something, I FEEL SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's not if, but "when", the spring breaks! You should enclose that sucker in PVC or what I did with mine. I used a galvanized fence post painted to match my trailer, a couple feet of steel cable and a couple of sliding door bearings for pulleys.

    Seriously, Brushogboy, that spring can kill if it breaks, play it safe.

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  8. Brieldo

    Brieldo LawnSite Member
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    You may feel safe but if that spring wants to break, it will shatter that PVC before you know it.
     
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    My thoughts exactly! I may get some thin metal tubing for it.
     
  10. Depends on what schedule you use.
     

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