Singletrees come in various sizes, styles and applications. There are some general ‘rules of thumb’ that are adhered to, but as always, there are exceptions to the norm. We will present the usual standards and address some of the more common questions asked.
Two of the most common styles of buggy singletrees used in light driving are what are referred to as the “hook end or cockeye end’ (a) and the ‘sword end’ (b). Both are designed for use with leather trace driving harness, whether on a cart or light buggy. The hook or ‘cockeye’, shown here on the right, is threaded into the end of the wood singletree while the cast iron ferrule is placed over the wood end to prevent the singletree from splitting when it is pulled on.