Torsion axle or spring axle on an enclosed?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bigjeeping, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    I've been pricing out enclosed trailers lately.....

    what's the difference between a torision axle and a spring axle?


  2. twj721

    twj721 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    The advantages to torsion axles over traditional axles with leaf springs are:
    1. Totally self-contained so there is no need for other conventional components.
    2. Can be installed so that frame height is reduced. Lowers center of gravity and provides more stable of a ride.
    3. Independent suspension among wheels. Better for absorbing road bumps.
    4. Easy installation.
    1. More costly per axle.
    2. If water does get in them there is the risk of unseen corrosion.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    Torsion axles squeak so much.

    I have leaf springs on my enclosed trailer now.

    Its brand new and rides just as good as my torsion trailer.

    It sits maybe an inch higher if that.

    I think ground clearance is the only issue for me cause they use sprung under axles and the u bolts are very close to the ground.

    But remember you can always add torsion axles later at $200 3500lb for the whole unit, thats what I'm gonna do.

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