Electric brakes on the chipper

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  1. Tom Dunlap

    Tom Dunlap Longest registered member

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    im not very familiar with electric brakes.

    When I've seen a factory installation a small battery is included with a trickle charger. It would seem that the only time the battery power is needed is if the break away is triggered. Am I missing something?

    If that's so why couldn't the chipper battery be used? This would simplify the setup. Worse case , it seems, is that the chipper battery is drained
     
  2. tc262

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    You're correct Tom. Battery is only to actuate the brakes if the break-away is pulled. I haven't seen any thing that has its own battery also have a small one just for the brakes.
     
  3. Bucknut

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    I'll second that. Our trailers have small dedicated brake batteries, chippers do not.
     
  4. craneguy1

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    Any trailer with electric brakes sold nowadays also has to have the breakaway...using a cute lil battery...chippers have their own battery and when sold new have to have a breakaway and do use the units battery. The biotch comes when wires or that crappy plastic pullout plug mess up and lock up the tires...now you just screwed up $500 or 1000 worth of tires.
     
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    Also have heard of crews pulling the plastic tab so the brakes are set for sitting there during a job.

    Battery drained and probably hard on those braking actuators to be in the always on position - oops.
     
  6. Tom Dunlap

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    That's a bad practice for lots of reasons

    Has anyone knot cut up a log to make a nice tapered wheel chock?
     
  7. Jeff

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    Isn't that why we cut those so-called Felling Notches?
     
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