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Looking for a big spring for trailer gate assist

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Soupy, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    Does anyone know were I can get a good sized torsion spring (like in picture, but bigger). I want to put two of them near the hinges so they will tighten up when lowered and help the gate spring back up with just a nudge.

    I plan on taking some steel or iron tubes and cutting them to fit each end of the spring to hold them in place. These tubes will be welded to the trailer of course. One tube will go on the bottom of gate and the other will go below that on the trailer frame. they will be vertical so the springs will tighten as it is lowered.

    Thanks much,
    Soupy
     
  2. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Try a trailer mfg. I've seen then before, but I don't remember what brand of trailer I saw them on.
     
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I seen them too. I called the trailer co. and they said that they don't sell the parts. They install them on all trailers and if I wanted they would sell me a trailer :)

    I also need help figuring the correct size spring. I'm going to ask my neighbor (engineer) if he can calculate stress/load pressure for me.
     
  4. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

  5. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    go to northerntool.com. They have a trailer gate assist. One at 300 lb assist and one at 150lb assist. I am not sure of prices.
     
  6. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Try using garage door springs. Cheap and effective. By the way, design is everything.
     
  7. glllc

    glllc LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 61

    My new big tex came with them. same ones as in the pic try a big tex dealer.
     
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Look up the number on Yahoo Yellow Pages
     
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    I've got garage door springs on mine they work great.
     
  10. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I know all about other methods of creating a gate assist. I want this method because it is safer and less bulky.
     

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