Having a walk-behind tractor or mini tractor in your household, you can significantly expand the garden for planting garden crops. However, a cart is needed for this technique. You can purchase it from various shipping companies, but it’s cheaper to make the cart yourself. Many owners, having studied the recommendations and rolled up their sleeves, undertake to make a homemade trailer for a walk-behind tractor
Types of trailers for walk-behind tractor
It’s not difficult to make a cart for a walk-behind tractor or a trailer with your own hands, if you wish, necessary tools and experience in such matters. The very device of such mechanisms depends on the purpose and load capacity. Naturally, the harder it is to carry the load, the more difficult the trailer will be arranged. The principal drawing shows the main nodes.
With one-piece body
For light and medium categories of walk-behind tractors, single-axle trailers are made with a body size of approximately 140 × 100 cm. They have sides and bottom connected still. This is the simplest design with a load capacity of up to 350 kg. For speed of assembly, the body is often made rigid - without shock absorbers.
Those who made the motor-block with their own hands from the rear axle of the VAZ know very well that the wheels for such a cart can be taken not only from the Lada. For these purposes will fit and bridge from Moskvich.
He is already with ready springs, eyes and earrings. It remains only to weld the main frame from the professional pipe, which is fixed to springs. Then weld the racks for the sides, build a carrier and install a tow hitch. As a result, the cart body is ready.
With hinged sides
It is manufactured on the same principle as a trolley with a solid body. Only in this case, three sides make folding for easy unloading bulk materials. Oversized cargo weighing up to 400 - 500 kg will quite fit on it. All sides are hinged. In the raised state, they are fastened with special valves. The body is sprung and connected to the axle using springs and other elastic suspension elements.
This is the most popular type of carts. They are made both small and large. In a simple design, they are sometimes not sprung. The sides are making folding. For people who made wheels for a walk-behind tractor with their own hands, it is not a problem to make the same for a trailer. They are taken from the old unsuitable Lada along with the hubs. The body itself is attached with the middle part directly to the frame through pipe segments or on hinges as shown in the photo.
It is very convenient to use such a cart for a walk-behind tractor or a cultivator. It is easy to operate. The seat is located at the level with the sides, which gives a circular overview of the entire unit.
In the transport position, the body rests on a special latch, which can be manual or foot, and it is next to the driver. The fastening of the body to the frame is made of pipe sections, and the center is located so that when the latch is removed, the platform tilts independently. The tailgate is hinged or open hinges. If necessary, remove it.
Often when there are ready-made wheels from the car, the question arises: how to fix them on the frame of the future cart or how to make the axle for the trailer with your own hands. There are two ways out:
- take the finished bridge from the car. This is a simple option, but the huge gear case spoils the look of the cart;
- do it yourself. To do this, use a grinder to cut off the hubs and fix them to a 50 mm hex pipe by welding and reliable clamps. Then fix springs for cushioning or other elastic elements on this hexagon. The length of the pipe is determined by the size of the gauge of conventional vehicles.
If the trailer will be used on a car, then you need to buy a factory coupling device that meets all quality and reliability standards.
When used on a walk-behind tractor, you have to do it yourself and adjust it to the hitch.
There are alternative types of trolleys for walk-behind tractor.
- Special purpose trailers.
This is a heavy type of trailer, they are made biaxial. They are suitable only for large categories of walk-behind tractors or cars. They are mainly used in apiaries when transporting bees, as well as for transporting boats to water bodies.
They are an ordinary platform on wheels, the axes of which are located in the middle part next to each other. They have airborne, but there is a soft spring suspension, which evenly distributes the load on all four wheels.
The size of the body depends on the destination and can be from 3.5 meters or more in length and from 1.7 to 2.2 meters in width. With the improvement of such trolleys, a real trailer is easily obtained, which will be a great place for rest and overnight for lovers of long journeys.
To do this, it is necessary to put and strengthen a light and insulated plastic or wooden frame with windows and a door on the platform. Inside, place everything you need for a comfortable pastime.
You should be responsible for making the drawbar for coupling with your car. It is also necessary to provide hooks for the safety cable or chain, as well as equip with all the necessary alarms.
- The trailer without a body for the motor-block.
Such a trolley consists of two wheels and a hitch. The frame is shortened, as the body is not provided here. The length of the carrier is chosen so that it is convenient to drive vehicles. Install wheels of the same size.
As a result, you can get a good front-wheel drive home-made ATV.
For such purposes, the Neva walk-behind tractor is most suitable, which has 4 forward and 2 rear speeds and a mass of about 90 kg. Engine power 6.5 - 7 liters. with. that is enough for off-road operation. The size of the wheels is sometimes increased both in diameter and in width.
To increase the functionality, the walk-behind tractor is remade under a mini tractor. In this case, the rear wheels become leading. Grip on the soil is increased by adding driver weight. Then it is quite possible to use a dump plow for cultivating the land together with a harrow.
- ATV trailer
Having built a homemade ATV, you need to take care of the trailer for it. Then this unit will be used at 100%. He will be able not only to plow and sow, but also to transport heavy loads at decent distances. A lightweight single-axle tipper trailer is best suited.