Build your own utility trailer

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Build your own utility trailer
A simple utility trailer is a versatile tool. (Getty Creative)

Utility trailers can be used for a variety of tasks and are every landscaper's best friend. If you are a do-it-yourselfer who wants to spend an afternoon working with metal and save a few pounds, you can build your own utility trailer. Follow these instructions to build your own utility trailer for yard work or other small odd jobs.

Things you need

  • 5 by 5 cm (2 by 2 inch) square metal tubing
  • Welder
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Welding apron
  • Hacksaw
  • 2 used trailer wheel hubs with wheels/tires attached
  • Bolt on trailer hitch kit
  • Treated decking boards
  • Lag bolts

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  1. 1

    Build a 1.2 by 1.2 metre (4 by 4 foot) metal frame out of the 5 cm (2 inch) square metal tubing. Use the hacksaw to cut out five 1.2 metre (4 foot) lengths of tubing. Weld together a square frame from four pieces of the tubing and then weld a cross member in the centre of the tubing lengthwise. This will serve as the basis for your trailer frame.

  2. 2

    Weld the two wheel hubs onto each side of the trailer, making sure that the cross member is situated directly behind each hub like a straight axle. This will help balance the trailer and give it stability. Weld a 90 cm (3 foot) length of tubing onto the centre front part of the trailer (this becomes the tongue) and then use the included hardware from the hitch kit to mount the bolt-on hitch to the trailer tongue.

  3. 3

    Cut the treated lumber to 1.2 metre (4 foot) lengths. Lay them down on the trailer frame and bolt them down with the lag bolts. You can either leave a bit of space between each board to allow mud and water to fall through, or you can butt them up tight against one another to make a solid floor.

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