Torsion axles on open trailers?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    I searched several torsion axle posts on here. Alot of them seem to be related to enclosed trailers. How do these do on open trailers? Im getting another Cam Superline for my landscape trailer next year and this is one of the options.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,256

    I haven't seen one on a landscape trailer but have seen them on some open toy haulers (car trailers) I would prefer it if I had a bigger truck, a 1/2 doesn't seem to keep a consistent ball height.
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I have a custom built open trailer with torsion drop axles. In my book there are lots of benefits. NO LINKAGE or Bushings to service EVER. Axles are dual 5200lbs with 15' wheels/radials with brakes at each end. Each wheel acts independently. Dropped the trailer as close to the ground as practical to reduce gate angle when loading/unloading mowers & equipment. Also no angle iron - all square tubing. I don't see any issues/cons. Save $ over the life of the trailer..

  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    If it is an option, take it. No parts to really wear out, (bushings, springs, hardware) all in all a winning investment.
  5. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Kind of an obvious no brainer, isn't it?

    Just pay a little more now or pay a lot more later.

  6. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    When you blow a tire with torsion, you don't have suspension parts dragging on the road til you get to the side. Torsion you can actually drive to safe area like parking lot or next exit off Interstate.
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  7. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    Does the rubber ever rot... get brittle.... go bad?
    They do have rubber correct?

    I have always jacked mine up by the frame, tires off the ground for the Winter. Just to be safer I figured. Winter can be five months here.
  8. woodlanda

    woodlanda LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 7

    my dump trailer has 2 7000 lb torsion bars for suspension, the trailer rides smooth even when empty and rides low to the ground making it easy to load and unload, the bars tension up when loaded making them ride smooth, there is really no maintenance required compared to other suspension assemblies, you would really have to overload them to break them torsion bars are square tubes packed with flexible rubber,

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