Velke up or down on trailer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pottstim, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I was just wondering what you folks here do with your velke on your walkbehinds while it's on the trailer. Recently, I just started out and bought my Toro WB and my trailer. A good friend of mine who also has a mowing service dropped by for a visit to check out my new equipment. He warned me not to have the velke chained up while it is in transport on the trailer, because when you hit bumps in the road you take a risk of breaking the chain with the velke bouncing up and down. From then on, I have left mine in the "down" position.
  2. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    chain breaks? never had that happen.never even seen that happen around here
  3. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Yeah, Mike. He said that when the velke bounces up and down while hitting bumps in the road, it stresses the chain and may cause it to break. With me being a rookie, I never even though of that even though I did see the velke jumping up and down while I was driving along hitting bumps.
  4. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    I have mine up . my chain is so tight it cant bounce
  5. UP

    1 chain has broken in 10+ years with more than 15+ Velkes.
  6. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    well my velke is always up.i even chained up my bullrider sulky with the little baby chain trimmer trap gives you.never had a problem before but who knows my luck may change
  7. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I leave it down unless I need the extra room. It's easy enough to move the machine around on the trailer with the thing down.
  8. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    Up;I made the mistake of leaving one down and the weight of the WB shoved it against the side of the trailer and broke one of the main sleeves on the Velke.Now my Velke swivels up and down.The chain shouldn't matter if you use a strong enough one.Mine haven't broke in 5 years and we log a ton of miles;mostly highway.
  9. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Up........I need the room, and like Harry said, if its tight enough there wont be a problem..
  10. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    Been chaining up my Jungle Wheels to handle panel of eXmark metro for a year now, never have such problem. Although it bounces but not enough to break that chain. no way. I need space for bushes and leaves, trash can and traffic blocker, it is neccessary to chain the wheels up.

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