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I am trying something different on this lowboy I am using a high strength plastic similar to ABS but it is supposed to be stronger but only time will tell. Here are some pics of my progress so far.





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i like it ! are those peices cut on cad cnc , would be nice to offer in a kit maybe ,a lowboy that everyone could afford ! looks good. neil
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This is looking cool!
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i like it ! are those peices cut on cad cnc , would be nice to offer in a kit maybe ,a lowboy that everyone could afford ! looks good. neil
Thanks Neil that is all cut by hand and I am building two at the same time. It does flex a good amount but I have an idea for some torsion rods that will arch the deck and when it is loaded it should level out and so far not counting tires and rims I have $120 in material to build the two trailers. If it doesn't work out I will have a real nice model to take to the machine shop to get it copied in aluminum.

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this is gonna be an interesting one to watch
plastic frame could be the new thing if this works out
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Thanks Troy I hope it turns out like I want it to.

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Thanks hitachi I have my finger crossed and I am not out much if it doesn't work.

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Three axles just wasn't enough huh? Just had to do four eh? Looks good, like the new material.
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Three axles just wasn't enough huh? Just had to do four eh? Looks good, like the new material.
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Thanks Ben but my old one had 4 axles I just decided to build a new one and try and make it like I wanted the old one to be.



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Oh yeah? I can't keep all the lowboys and axle configurations in my head anymore.

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Very nice build Travis..
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Thanks Paul I wanted to try something different with the plastic.

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looks awsome so i see you worked through the earitations from earlyer? looks good so far
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Thanks Henry I had to quit on it for today as I ran out of parts I needed to build the axles so I will pick up some more supplies tomorrow.

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Wow, that looks really good so far! I think you are onto something with the plastic. Reason being, a lot of the time the machined billet trailers end up weighing 30 pounds by themselves, and they easily bottom out the suspension of a tractor, even when the trailer is empty.
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This looks interesting Travis. I wonder if the MKL will work on this stuff as well.

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Travis you have a good start there. Composite plastic do you have to use a special glue? It a new Idea for a lowboy only thing will it be strong enough to hold a lot of weight I guess only time will tell. Ed
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You might need to mill some pockets in the frame rails to lighten it plus give it some strength. Channel or box beam is stronger than solid rod.

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Travis you have a good start there. Composite plastic do you have to use a special glue? It a new Idea for a lowboy only thing will it be strong enough to hold a lot of weight I guess only time will tell. Ed
You can't glue it the plastic is chemical resistant. As for it holding weight if it holds up my track loader or a truck that is good enough I don't plan on standing on it.

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Thanks lyn I plan on using tension wire to pre arch it to make it resemble a real one.

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yea that means Travis won't haul my builds around they are all heavy weights :P
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