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How can I build a trailer tongue out of wood?

Asked by laketommy12345 (42 points ) July 3rd, 2012

I am building a small (36“x18”) cart/trailer to be pulled behind a 11 horsepower garden tractor. All I have to work with is some 2’x4’ boards and a 11” long 4’x4’ piece leftover from a project. The problem that I have is that I need to build a tongue to be able to pull the cart/trailer. I do not have any metal AT ALL to use, so that is not an option. Can anyone give me an idea of how to design it?

(It will be carrying a few hay bails—the smaller rectangle size ones—so it doesnt need to be overly sturdy, just enough to carry about 100 pounds)

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It all depends on the lengths of the boards. I would frame out the cart. You’ll need wheel mounts as well as the tongue to attach to the tractor. I don’t know how long the tongue needs to be, but I’m thinking maybe three feet from the tractor attachment to the front of the cart.

I would make a design and see if I have enough wood for the design. I’d look online to see if there are any premade designs.

Here’s a blog about garden carts.

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