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  1. Douglas Owen
    May 26, 2018 @ 6:49 AM

    I stumbled onto your website and I am thrilled about the ideas, the content, the write ups, the videos — in short, this is the website I have been looking for — for a long time. Technical enough to provoke thought and educational and practical enough to see it all come together. You folks are Masters!
    I am currently building a goose neck trailer — 26.5′ flat and a 4.5′ dovetail. I am using 12″ X 19# I-beams (some call them wide flange) — flange surfaces are all parallel and 4″ wide. I have been looking for sometime for intelligent information on using Torsion axles for this project. I have three 7,000# torsion axles with electric brakes that I will be using. I may just make it tandem but I would like the option to make it a triaxle. I am very interested in your plans for the “walking beam” you have created to make a tandem using torsion axles — brilliant thinking outside the box!

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    • Eldon Goates
      May 26, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

      Thanks for the compliment about the site. We want it to be more than just a place for plans.

      With a trailer that length, triple sounds great, but I’m not sure how to do triple with torsions in a way that won’t overload one (or two) like going over a speed bump or into a parking lot. In doing the tandem with torsions I toyed with a combo of springs coupled with torsions. Read the Hybrid Using Mechanisms section on this page: https://mechanicalelements.com/choosing-tandem-axles-triples/ and see if that sparks something. Good luck with your project!

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  2. Max L Harmon Sr
    September 25, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

    Hi This is Max in Missouri and I would like to build your Walking Beam for my Tandem Torsion Axles that I’m planning to put on my Pontoon Trailer. I have the Four wheels Tires and the new Ultra Pac Hubs from Northern Tool. I ordered the Torsion Axles for them also and still waiting on shipment. Can you Sell me the plans for your Beam? I watched the Videos and am impressed with the results. I’m an old retired Shade Tree Machinist and I can Weld and make anything I put my mind to. Please let me know. I can Download anything you send.

    Thanks Max

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    • The Mechanic
      September 26, 2018 @ 5:58 AM

      Thank you for writing. I have a few requests, so it’s on the list. However, requests vary in both size and capacity, which means I need to do several sets of plans to cover it. They are coming. I’m sorry, I don’t have anything for you at the moment.

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  3. Max L Harmon Sr
    September 26, 2018 @ 9:38 AM

    Thanks for your quick answer.

    I’m going to bolt the torsion axles on as soon as I get them. I plan on building your walking
    Beam this winter. Do you think that a 2″ hollow Shaft, similar to a large Wrist Pin on a Cat Engine piston, would be stronger than your 1″ bolt, for the Beam to pivot? Just my 2 cents. lol

    Thanks Max

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