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We think these are the best DIY plans. We’ve seen lots of others that don’t compare. At Mechanical Elements you get engineered, detailed as do-it-yourself plans — designed for you — and most plans include options to customize your project so it turns out to be exactly what you want.
Also have a look at our page on Why Our Trailer Plans Are Better. It’s written about trailer plans, but the principles apply to all the plans. All of our Do-it-Yourself plans are well conceived and ready for your next project. That’s the Mechanical Elements difference.
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Tips From The Mechanic
Everything rides on the trailer axles, so they’ve got to right. Here are some common technologies (and misnomers) for multi-axle trailers.
In the discussion of trailer axle leaf springs versus torsion axle, let’s put some engineering behind the debate.
Have you ever wondered why fasteners like nuts and bolts are so expensive? You would think that something so standard and manufactured in such high volumes would be cheap, but in most places, they’re actually pretty expensive. Why?
Oh, I need to drill holes in 8 parts, all in the same place. What a pain! And, I need to cut these 5 pieces all to match. What a hassle to measure, mark, and cut each one!
So, you need to cut steel for a DIY project (like a crane or trailer). Easy, Right? What’s the best, easiest, cheapest, fastest way to cut steel? There must be dozens of ways, so, the better question might be “What method of steel cutting is best for you?“