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Re: [Shop-talk] Axle ratio?

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Axle ratio?
From: Dave Cavanaugh <>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:44:20 -0700
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All excellent points.  As of now, I don't have a trailer, I am just 
exploring options.  I may rent the largest flatbed that UHaul rents for 
a couple of one way trips, or I may just rent a large Ryder with a lift 
gate and be done with it.  That, however, won't solve the problem of the 

Most of the heavy stuff consists of vintage cast iron woodworking power 
tools:  18" Powermatic planer, Delta 12/14" TS, Powermatic 10" TS,  two 
shapers, wide belt sander, RAS, edge sander, drill presses, tenoner, 
mortiser, couple of medium size band saws.  I will palletize everything 
that isn't on skids, and already have a pallet jack and will rent a 
forklift.  I can determine the weight of each machine from the vendor 
literature, and will calculate the footprint to determine how much I can 
get on the truck or trailer.  That will be at least two trailer loads, 
probably.  Then all of the other shop stuff, workbenches, portable 
tools, supplies and so on are another trip.  Then my hardwood supply, 
probably 1500 b/f of poplar, alder, maple and other odds and ends.  That 
is a load in itself.  Then there is the tractor.  It's a New Holland 
TC30 with a loader and backhoe.  They backhoe could be removed and moved 
separately as it adds quite a bit of length and a not insubstantial 
amount of weight to the load.  And that is just the SHOP stuff.  The 
tractor and accessories will require towing down with the trailer; I 
just don't see any way around it.  At least I can take the bucket off 
the front and put a set of forks on it, for moving stuff on the other end.

On 4/14/2015 11:38 AM, David Hillman wrote:
> I think there's a whole bunch of relevant detail omitted here.  What 
> kind of trailer?  How old?  Does it have brakes?  What kind?  How 
> heavy is it empty?  How much weight are you planning to load into it?  
> Does your truck have a brake controller?  If not, you're going to want 
> to install a Tekonsha Prodigy

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