Any reason I couldn't use a direct weld tongue jack on a swivel mount?

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  1. dyeager535

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    The jack on my utility trailer has had it. Time to replace.

    For a couple of reasons, I feel like I HAVE to have a drop leg jack. Unfortunately, no one seems to make one (of decent quality) that is also designed to swivel.

    At best the trailer shouldn't be carrying more than 3,500 pounds, so pretty much any jack out there will do.

    This is basically the design of what is on the trailer now:
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    It sure seems to me that I should be able to cut the existing jack off, and simply (nothing is simple, but I'll adapt) weld a square one in it's place on the swivel. The overall lengths seem to be about the same. As long as the foot is no larger than what is on the present jack, I don't see why this might not work. Am I missing something?

    I'd use something like this: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/bulldog-heavy-duty-topwind-square-drop-leg-jack-with-base

    I'm open to other jacks, but it seems the market is pretty limited in what is available...like all are made by one or two companies, just rebranded.
     
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    Nothing I see wrong with that. Do drop legs come wheels? I would want a wheel.
     
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    I have done it a couple of times.
     
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    Different idea than you were going for. I don't know if it would work for your application, but I thought it was neat.
     
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    Isn't that slick?
     
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    I dont have any pavement so a wheel wont do me any good really.

    That flip jack would be the ticket, except when I take the trailer out to the woods, often I need only a couple inches of lift, so the flip jack would be in the way.

    Glad to hear it's not a big deal to use those square tube Jack's on a swivel mount. For the life of me, I cant understand why the drop leg isnt more common even on the swivel Jack's. I guess most people use their trailers on level ground? In some places I run out of jack travel, and in others I cant even swivel it into position before it hits ground.
     
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    They make a foot that will slide right up into a swivel mount jack that turns it into a drop leg.
    Or I know i bought my swiveling drop leg on amazon.
     
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    Which did you get, do you remember? Tractor supply sells one, but as I'd expect from chinese junk, there are a fair number of reviewers saying the gears are bad and stop working after a short time.

    I'd have to price them out, but it seems what I'd think to be a more stout 8k jack with drop leg is cheaper than going with a 2k jack and the add-on drop leg. Potentially less work though, if the swivel mounts are identical and I can just leave the swivel mount half already welded to the trailer...
     
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    I looked back a few years in my Amazon orders and I was wrong. I bought 2 within a year and confused them :doah:.
    I bought a swivel mount one, and then later when I rebuilt the trailer I did a drop leg bolt on.
     
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    That's not that bad price-wise for sure. Seems relatively compact too. Length could be an issue as short as the tongue is on this trailer.

    I assume those are decent Jack's people dont see a lot of problems with?

    Any advantage to side or top wind?
     
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    That is the style swivel we use on our trailers at work. Just replace jack if jack fails, no grinding and welding. The knuckleheads at work normally hit them on something, so I haven't seen the screw fail.
     

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