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Don’t know the difference between single and tandem axle trailers? Lucca Trailers can help you find out so you choose the one best suited to your needs.

When purchasing a new trailer, it is important to explore your options and come to the right decision about what is most suitable for your circumstances. In this article, we explain the difference between single and tandem axle trailers to help you decide which one you need.

The Difference

Before coming to a decision about which is more appropriate, it helps to know the difference between the two. The difference is actually quite clear. A single axle trailer has one single axle with a wheel connected on both ends. It is often attached to the trailer directly or through the springs.

A double axle trailer, sometimes known as a twin axle trailer, has two axles placed closely together. Therefore, it has four wheels. This helps disperse the weight of the load being carried.

Single Axle Trailers – Benefits

A single axle trailer has several benefits.

  • as there is only one axle, the overall trailer will weigh less. This makes it more economical to tow and easier to manoeuvre
  • one axle is easier to park than two axles
  • they are cheaper than double axles in two ways. Firstly, the outright cost of buying a single axle is cheaper than purchasing a double axle
  • secondly, the price of upkeep is also cheaper, as there are less tyres, brakes and bearings to look after and maintain.

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Single Axle Disadvantages

As with most things, the single axle trailer also has disadvantages.

  • a single axle is not able to hold as much of a weight load as a double axle. The weight carried will also be harder on the tyres, as there are only two of them to support it.
  • a single axle trailer without suspension will not be able to properly cushion the load, so riding over bumps is likely to be unstable.

Double Axle Trailers – Benefits

  • double axle trailers can carry a bigger load than a single axle trailer, even if they are the same size. The load is also more equally distributed, placing less pressure on the tyres and making them more likely to last longer
  • double axle trailers provide a more stable journey, especially at high speeds, than single axle trailers. This is because they have noticeably better suspension – which means they will bounce less and be less likely to swerve or sway

Double Axle Disadvantages

  • a double axle trailer often costs more than a single axle trailer
  • as it weighs more, it also costs more in terms of fuel. Therefore, it is not as economically friendly as a single axle trailer
  • in the long run, it may also cost more to maintain as it has more tyres and fastenings than a single axle trailer

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The Verdict

Ultimately, which axle you buy should depend on the weight of your cargo and the distances you will need to travel. If you will be transporting heavy cargo frequently, then a double axle trailer is likely to be better for you. However, if you plan on towing infrequently, with lighter loads, a single axle trailer should meet your needs.

 

BLOG – Digger Trailers

 

 

Digger trailers, also known as excavator trailers, are used to move your digger between work sites. They can also be used to transport light machinery such as bobcats and tractors. In this article, we take a look at digger trailers, the types available on the market, and what you should look for in a digger trailer.

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What is a Digger Trailer?

A digger trailer is a type of trailer that can securely hold and transport your excavator, digger, tractor or bobcat. They usually have four wheels close to the tail of the trailer, as well as support mechanisms to keep your equipment steady. A good digger trailer should have a ramp, override brakes, and place for a spare wheel.

The main ways in which they differ is predominantly through the weight they can carry. When choosing a digger trailer, consider how much your equipment weighs and move forward from there.

What to Look Out For

When purchasing a digger trailer, there are certain things which are important to keep in mind.

Good Carrying Capacity – your digger trailer needs to have a good carrying capacity. This means that it must not only be able to securely hold your digger, but it must also be strong enough to handle the road. This includes road bumps, stresses, potential braking, and moving around sites.

Strong Wheels – a digger trailer must have four wheels: two on each side close together. These wheels are often placed on the tail of the trailer, giving it better balance and support on the road. Good wheels should also improve steering, through effective management of the load on the road.

When considering your wheels, keep in mind that the load it’s carrying is heavy – even though it is dispersed. Good quality tyres will hold it better and provide a safer driving experience for both you and your equipment.

Age – when choosing a digger trailer, it is better to purchase new. This is because digger trailers have a significant amount of duress and weight placed upon them, which can tire them out in time.

When handling equipment, it is better not to take risks – invest a new trailer, especially if you will be using the trailer often.

Carry Frame – digger carry frames tend to come in either steel or alloy. No matter which you choose, ensure that it will be secure enough to keep your excavator steady when you are driving. You should also check for solidity and strength in the base plate, as well as which support mechanisms are available for fastening your excavator.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about these blogs or would like advice as to which trailer is better suited to your needs, Lucca Trailers is happy to help.

We specialise in selling tough trailers at tough prices that are hard to beat. The high quality and heavy-duty construction is larger and thicker than many other trailers on the market.

Visit our website – www.luccatrailers.nz

Contact Vaughan Bayer on +64 21 336 614 or email info@luccatrailers.nz