1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

trailer brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TNGrassCutter, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    what volttage do yall run your trailer brakes on and what all do you have on your trailer and have yall ever had problems with them.thanks
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    no trailer brakes here.....

    i pull a 6' x 12' enclosed trailer. it holds a 36" exmark metro walkbehind, a toro 21" commercial, a 52" toro grandstand, a stihl br400 blower, a trimmer rack with a stihl fs70 trimmer and a stihl kombi motor with a stick edger attached, 3 two gallon gas and and 3 rakes.
     
  3. igotdiesel2

    igotdiesel2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    The voltage relates to how heavy your trailer is. The heavier the trailer the more voltage (higher the number on the brake control) will be. It also varies on if you have 1 or 2 brake axles and what size the brakes are on those axles and how good the brakes are. I run my brake control around 3.5 with the enclosed mowing rig. but when I am hauling heavy with the dump trailer I bump it up to about 5.5. That trailer has bigger brakes on it. -Jason
     
  4. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 748

    It depends on the weight of the trailer. Most Brake Controls suggest you attempt several near panic stops from 35-45 and set your voltage up to where they just lock up. Then back it down just a bit, to avoid lock up. You should know what voltage to set it at for every load you carry. Empty will be very low and fully loaded will be higher. For most landscape trailers, open, I'd suggest starting at about 4 volts, the heavier enclosed, perhaps 5-6, but do the proper set up please.
     
  5. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    i have 1 axle brakes on 16 x 7 trailer.1 ztr 21 inch with racks and a toolbox about 13000 lbs total i think i run mine on 3.0 but i wonder if im burning them up cuz theyve started to pop squeak and creak
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  6. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    oh and the trailer is only 5 months old
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,816

    Then why did you respond?
     
  8. tobylou8

    tobylou8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,816

    Biggest problem I have is with the magnets "burning up". Trailer tech said it was because my volts were too high and brake depressed too long, like at a light or stop and go traffic. Cut it way back unless I'm moving mulch.
     
  9. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    mine feel like they stick then jerk when you let off it does it from 2.5 up so ive been runing them on 2.0
     
  10. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 748

    If you have to back off the voltage to reduce magnet wear and the jerk when stopping & backing you have a "timed based" brake control. Timed controls are never going to give you a smooth stop and require lower voltage if stopping or backing at slow speed. Timed controls are a price point item in the industry. If it matters to you about the comfort and brake wear step up to a name brand inertial control. If you need a suggestion, PM me.
     

Share This Page