Hydraulic Drum Braked Axles: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Towing

When it comes to towing a trailer, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. One of the most important components of a safe towing setup is the hydraulic drum braked axle. In this post, we’ll delve into the world of hydraulic drum braked axles, covering everything from how they work to why they’re so important for safe towing.

What are Hydraulic Drum Braked Axles?

A hydraulic drum braked axle is a type of trailer axle that uses hydraulic brakes to slow down and stop the trailer. These brakes work by using a system of drums, cylinders, and brake shoes that apply pressure to the drums to slow the wheels of the trailer.

Why are Hydraulic Drum Braked Axles Important?

Hydraulic drum braked axles are incredibly important for safe towing because they provide reliable, consistent braking power. Unlike other types of trailer brakes, such as electric brakes or surge brakes, hydraulic drum brakes are not affected by power loss or a loss of control. This means that even if your tow vehicle’s brakes fail, your trailer will still be able to stop safely.

Another advantage of hydraulic drum braked axles is their durability. These brakes are designed to withstand the rigors of towing, and they can last for many years with proper maintenance. Additionally, hydraulic drum brakes are relatively easy to maintain, making them a great choice for those who want to ensure their trailer is always in top condition.

How Do Hydraulic Drum Braked Axles Work?

Hydraulic drum brakes work by using a system of drums, cylinders, and brake shoes. The brake shoes press against the drums when the brakes are applied, slowing the wheels of the trailer. The brake shoes are powered by the hydraulic cylinders, which are filled with brake fluid. When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake fluid is forced into the cylinders, causing the brake shoes to press against the drums.

When it comes to maintaining your hydraulic drum brakes, it’s important to check the brake fluid level regularly and to have the brakes serviced every two years or so. Additionally, it’s important to check the brake shoes and drums for wear and tear and to replace them if they show signs of wear.

Where Can I Purchase Drum Brake Axles?

Hydraulic drum braked axles consist of a straight beam axle with braked hub drums fitted. These are available in 9″, 10″ or 12″. View our Drum Brake Axles now.


Here at Sunrise, we are committed to helping our customers. We have provided a guide on how to find your stud pattern to help you find your correct brake drum for your axle set up. To see how you can find out your stud pattern click here.

In conclusion, hydraulic drum braked axles are an essential component of any safe towing setup. They provide reliable, consistent braking power and are designed to withstand the rigors of towing. By understanding how these brakes work and how to maintain them, you can ensure that your trailer is always in top condition and that you and your loved ones stay safe on the road.

If you require more information, or want to be sure about your measurements, contact your local Sunrise store and a team member can assist with any enquiries you may home.