Skip ahead to the start of the actual build: http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/91564/P45/#1130008 Original post: I've been wagon-less since I destroyed my 12.5 poly dump cart last year. Thats left me with a lot of time to shop, and in that time I really havent found the ideal solution so I started thinking about building my own. I'm going to try to come up with a price for building it myself in the next week to see if it will be worth while compared to pre-made jobs. Designing it myself does allow certain things though, that might be hard to find pre-made. -a real axle (using 1500# spindles and axle found here: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200365117_200365117 ) -uses same tire as tractor (should fit on the above axle, either 23x8.5x12, or up to 26x12x12) -ball hitch -places as much weight as possible on the tractors drive axle -back door either pivots down for ramp or completely removable -dont need it to dump, but perhaps a tongue jack would tilt it enough for rounds to roll out and keep hitch off the ground when not in use I've got two sizes in mind, one is a minimum size, which is 28"W x 24"T x 48"L (18.6cu') or something that is barely large enough to hold the tractor itself on, I dont have the measurements for that handy but something like a foot wider and 2' longer. I already have a 6x10 so I dont need this to haul my garden tractor, and I wasnt planning on designing it with springs for highway use either. Oh and its an older cub cadet that will be pulling it -10/12hp, 2wd - which is why I want as much weight on the tractors drive axle as possible. Also why I want to keep it to a reasonable size, this is rough terrain with some big hills. I hauled many cords with the 12.5 cart but it was a struggle. But mainly because the thing was so evenly balanced that the slightest uphill angle and the cart would try to dump and pull up on the hitch (which is also how it destroyed itself). I figure by keeping the weight in front of the axle I should be able to go 50% more weight, but thats just a guess. Traction is the main limiting factor, the tractor can haul the weight just fine. Here is a rough sketch of my design (approximately to scale): I also drew extra storage along the sides, which I may or may not include. Thought it would be handy to have a dedicated smaller area for the tools, gas, oil, etc. The original drawing was wider,which is why there appears to be 2 right hand sides on the top drawing. I am more likely going with the narrower, but still undecided. I was going to build this using angle iron based on the design of my 6x10 just shrunk down, with pt plywood for the bottom and sides. My main question is what single angle iron to get? I dont have experience in fabricating anything this weight bearing so I'm not sure, was thinking along the lines of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/8? Another question I have is how to attach the axle without using leaves? I really dont want to directly weld it. Weld on some kind of flange that then bolts onto the trailer frame?. Nothing is set in stone, open to any advice, thanks!