Sprung drawbar on grain trailer?

Longneck

Member
I’m just looking at buying a fairly low spec grain trailer to use as a reserve grain trailer and also for a bit of muck cart occasionally in the winter. Probably about 12-14t with floatations and hydraulic back door but is there much benefit in having a sprung drawbar these days?
I know they were a god send 20 years ago before tractors had any suspension but with modern tractors is it actually worth having?
Anybody had one without recently and regretted??
Cheers
 

An Gof

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Location
Cornwall
I’m just looking at buying a fairly low spec grain trailer to use as a reserve grain trailer and also for a bit of muck cart occasionally in the winter. Probably about 12-14t with floatations and hydraulic back door but is there much benefit in having a sprung drawbar these days?
I know they were a god send 20 years ago before tractors had any suspension but with modern tractors is it actually worth having?
Anybody had one without recently and regretted??
Cheers

I wouldn’t consider one without a sprung drawbar. Once you have used trailers with you absolutely hate pulling trailers without. No brainer in my opinion.
 

Longneck

Member
I haven’t used a grain trailer without a sprung drawbar for years but just can’t help wondering that now tractors suspension has moved on so much does it actually make any difference? We’re not using a John Deere 7700 any more!
 

Matt77

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Mixed Farmer
Location
East Sussex
I’d been waiting for a number of years for a trailer upgrade, we run a few 10 ton non sprung corn trailers on mini super singles, year or so ago I got a tidy used 16 ton corn trailer with everything, floats, hydraulic tail gate, sprung drawbar etc, so using the same tractors, the difference between them is miles apart, the chap who carts for me try’s to do everything with it, the 10s just sit at the side of the field!
You won’t regret it!
 
Sprung axles make the biggest difference occasionally use my friends dump trailer that’s on bogey axles but with a sprung drawbar and it bounced the tractor about abit... but our trailers with solid drawbar and sprung axles are very smooth on the road
 

v8willy

Member
Mixed Farmer
Sprung drawbar all the way, have a bale trailer here without, mate has the same trailer with & you wouldn't hear his on behind when empty & ours ratteling away, also I find the non sprung drawbars tend to sink into the ground more if loaded while hooked off.

Have a grain trailer here with both sprung drawbar & axles, a really great trailer to work with.
 

KB6930

Member
Location
Borders
It more depends on the type of sprung drawbar as well . We've a few with the big leaf spring across the front and they don't do as much as the ones with the two coil springs either side of the drawbar that we have .

We've a 10t grain trailer and a 14t both exactly the same setup and manufacturer the 14 is longer and the spring moves a lot more on it than the 10 ever does
 

mo!

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
York
Is that for real? The springs "absorb " some of the weight?
Seems plausible but also makes my brain hurt thinking about why!
Physics says no. The same force, or actually more due to the extra mass of the draw bar will be transmitted to the ground.
 

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