What are brake axles?
A brake axle would have brakes, either electric or hydraulic drum or disc brakes while an idler hub would have no brakes. Many times, a tandem axle trailer will have one braking axle and one idler axle.
What is the difference between hydraulic disc brakes and disc brakes?
The main difference between hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes is how force is transmitted from the brake levers on the handlebars to the brake calipers near the hubs. Mechanical disc brakes use a steel cable. Hydraulic disc brakes use a fluid-filled brake line. The brake line is sealed and already full of fluid.
Are disc brakes hydraulic brakes?
There are two main types of disc brakes: mechanical, which works with cables (just like rim brakes), and hydraulic, which replaces the cables with hydraulic fluid in a fully sealed line. When you brake, the pressure forces the fluid to move into the caliper, pressing the pads against the disc.
Do you need trailer brakes on both axles?
With all of this in mind, we always recommend adding brakes to both axles of a tandem axle trailer. When just one axle of a tandem axle trailer is equipped with brakes your tow vehicle is going to be doing a lot of the work when applying the brakes.
How does an axle brake work?
Each output piston pushes the attached friction material against the surface of the rotor or wall of the brake drum, thus slowing down the rotation of the wheel. When pressure on the pedal is released, the pads and shoes return to their released positions.
What is better mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes?
Hydraulic brakes are higher end and they perform better than either rim brakes or mechanical discs in just about every respect, but they’re more expensive. Hydraulic systems are more efficient than mechanical disc brakes so you need to apply less pressure at the lever for an equal level of braking power.
What is Dexter axle?
Dexter® Axle was founded in 1960 in Elkhart, IN by Leonard Dexter to serve the growing manufactured housing and recreation vehicle markets. Today, Dexter is an industry leader with a comprehensive product line that includes axles, brakes, suspension assemblies, and axle parts, as well as vents and doors.
Are disc brakes safe?
Discs brakes can be dangerous – Problems can arise when riders in a group are using a mix of disc and rim braking systems, meaning that some are able to brake with different effectiveness than others. In some instances riders have claimed they have been injured by a disc brake following race incidents.