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SouthernYankee
10-26-2005, 12:58 PM
Heres the deal,

I have a bobcat 751 that weighs 4,800 lbs and I need a new trailer.Here are my options.

1. 14ft trailer that has a payload capacity of 5,500 lbs

2.14ft. trailer that has a payload capacity of 8,000lbs

I do not plan on getting a new, heavier machine anytime soon, so I was wondering if the 5500 trailer is plenty for my application?I would be the only one using my rig, so it will not be beat on. Also I dont use attachments, only the bucket or sometimes a rake.

Gravel Rat
10-26-2005, 01:24 PM
I would go with a 10,000lb or 12,000lb gvw trailer you can never have enough carrying capacity. Even thou you are not carrying the full trailers capacity you have enough reserve left in braking power and axle capacity etc.

You may not figure you will be buying a bigger machine right away but who knows you may get some jobs where you do need a bigger machine.

If you spend a little extra now you will save later when it comes to repairing that lighter trailer you shouldn't have bought.

lawnmaniac883
10-26-2005, 02:30 PM
Bigger is better. A oversized trailer will have as stated more braking power with less wear and tear to it.

mrusk
10-26-2005, 04:24 PM
Always buy bigger. If you don't, you will regret it.
I'm buying a skid steer in the spring. I'm getting a 20ft 14k gvw trailer.
Once i get my 33kgvw truck, i'll buy a 20 ton trailer.

Matt

rick2752
10-26-2005, 05:23 PM
Definitely bigger!! You may not be getting a new machine soon but have you thought of buying different attachments for it? An auger or trencher, maybe a broom? You will need more room and payload to haul another attachment.

South Florida Lawns
11-01-2005, 02:16 PM
Its only a 4800 pound bobcat. With that you could even settle for 5000lbs rated trailer. Its not like you put more than the specified weight on it that it will fall apart thats not gonna happen.

Edgewater
11-01-2005, 04:26 PM
I would get an 8 K trailer. I trailer in the 10K plus range will beat the crap out of your gear due to springs that are not being worked as they should be.

I have seen this with guys that have 4K of mowers on a trailer with 2 5K axles. If they don"t tie the mowers doen, they will jump all over the place.

Lawnworks
11-03-2005, 03:20 PM
I would opt for the bigger payload. What is the price difference?

Lawn Masters
11-03-2005, 03:45 PM
I'd go with the trailer that can haul more, you never know when you'll need to haul something heavier on the trailer.

Pecker
11-03-2005, 09:36 PM
I would get an 8 K trailer. I trailer in the 10K plus range will beat the crap out of your gear due to springs that are not being worked as they should be.

I have seen this with guys that have 4K of mowers on a trailer with 2 5K axles. If they don"t tie the mowers doen, they will jump all over the place.

Good point. I'd still go with the higher capacity trailer though. There's no substitute for responsibly tying down equipment.

captaingreen
11-03-2005, 11:49 PM
You're not evenly distributing the 4800 lbs. over the entire trailer when hauling a skid steer. All the weight is going directly over the axles, just think what happens to those axles when you hit a pot hole while cruising down the road. Better safe than sorry, I would definitely go with a bigger trailer.:waving:

fool32696
11-05-2005, 12:46 AM
Go bigger. Think about attatchments for the machine. Maybe delivering pallets of sod (heavy). Be able to load it down with landscaping supplies like pavers and mortar (very heavy). Can also come in handy if you ever need to borrow or rent a larger piece of equipment. Better to be prepared than to bend axles.