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Spring loaded trailer ramp?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kevinsky, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. kevinsky

    kevinsky LawnSite Member
    from Nevada
    Messages: 75

    My trailer ramps hinge along the floor of the trailer. The ramps are longer than normal and are reinforced to handle extra weight. For these reasons they are extremely heavy. Is there a spring system to make raising them easier?
     
  2. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    Yes, it is real easy to do. Just mount a garage door spring inside a section of 2" plastic conduit and bolt it on your side trailer rails using clamps. Then hook some steel cable to the spring and the other end goes on the ramp.
     
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,964

    Here's my setup. I bought some sheaves (rollers) from Tractor Supply and went to the machine shop. They fabricated a roller assembly and welded it to the trailer. I used 145 lb garage door springs on both sides. I can't imagine working without this setup.
     

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  4. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Messages: 3,251

    My trailer came with lift assist on the tail gate. They help a lot.
     

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