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Bstep.1
03-09-2006, 07:14 PM
I am looking to purchase a trailer and found a 7ft wide x 10ft wide for $895 or a 7ft x12ft for $945. First off is this a good price for a trailer. Secondly I am considering the 7ft x12ft but wonder if I am just getting to big of a trailer.
Currently I just have a 21" walk behind, but would like to get a 36".

MysticLandscape
03-09-2006, 07:37 PM
I could justify it, if you get a bigger trailer it will allow you go put alot of stuff on it, eventually if you plan on getting big, you could fit two WB's, or a 1 wb and a ztr on that trailer. It will also save you the hassle of selling the smaller trailer and buying the bigger one.

mowingtowing
03-09-2006, 07:41 PM
i would go with 7x12
I started out with a 36" wb on a 7x16 2 axle trailer rated for 12k#
Dont worry about a little over kill

lawnspecialties
03-09-2006, 07:52 PM
i would go with 7x12
I started out with a 36" wb on a 7x16 2 axle trailer rated for 12k#
Dont worry about a little over kill

I have a 7x20 rated at 10K. I hate whenever I need that particular trailer and have only one mower on it (maybe hauling some pine straw to an account, etc.). It bounces my SuperZ like a ball. Once in a while, overkill can be a pain in the arse.

TJLC
03-09-2006, 07:56 PM
I started out with a 6x12. It wasn't long before I got a 7x16. IMHO, buy bigger than you think you need to allow room for expansion.

Bstep.1
03-09-2006, 10:43 PM
Looks like I will be getting the 7x12 thanks to the good advice.

qualitylandscaping
03-09-2006, 11:34 PM
My smallest is 20' and thats too small

iakentdoz
03-10-2006, 01:13 AM
I am going to get a new trailer next week. I was told to get a Tandem Axle Trailer and bigger is better. I will be getting a H&H 7x16 Solid Side Flatbed Tandem Axle Trailer (http://www.hhtrailer.com/viewtrailer.asp?id=270). I looked at a 5x12 trailer from Menards, Price is 760.00 and the trailer looks just a cheep! I rather get a little more trailer than I need now then make more trips and pay high gas prices.

B&D Lawn Care
03-10-2006, 02:18 AM
I started w/ a 5x10 and it wasan't long before I needed the extra space. I feel like I went from a shack to a manision when I bought my 6.5x12. Like they say it's always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

PMLAWN
03-10-2006, 08:07 AM
Buy what fits your needs now, Trailers are so cheap just buy more as you need them.

Jay Ray
03-10-2006, 09:31 AM
Buy what fits your needs now, Trailers are so cheap just buy more as you need them.

Been hearing about complete tongue and A-frame assemblies breaking off of trailers here -- due to low quality foreign steel and poor welds.

If you know of a dealer who has a good track record, stands behind the product, but costs a bit more, cheapest may not be the best buy.

Rhett
03-10-2006, 09:38 AM
Get the larger one. Check to make sure it has the boxed metal frame and not just the L channel. If it is the L channel keep looking

PMLAWN
03-10-2006, 11:07 AM
Been hearing about complete tongue and A-frame assemblies breaking off of trailers here -- due to low quality foreign steel and poor welds.

If you know of a dealer who has a good track record, stands behind the product, but costs a bit more, cheapest may not be the best buy.
My 6x12 only cost $1200. It is far better than the $900 specials at Lowes, but if $1200 is going to hurt your business you need to rethink your pricing structure. It is a local made trailer and is very well built.
My dual axle open trailers are made by EZ-Dumper and are great-- best I could find. Well made and paint lasts for ever. The 6.5 x 16 was under $2000. Again if you need that size it's because you are selling work that should pay for a trailer very easily. I also have an EZ- Dumper dump and than everything else is enclosed and from Pace.

I do not mean to say buy cheap quality- But even top quality open trailers are very inexpensive

daveintoledo
03-10-2006, 11:14 AM
if you have the money go bigger,,,and better, stronger.... i didnt have the money, have to go with what would work for now..... it will be fine for another year or so, as i grow, so will my trailer, and equipment list..

im a firm believer in slow growth for a comany in this business....

turf dog
03-10-2006, 01:16 PM
Electric brakes for your tandem axle trailer is really worth the extra money, I highly recommend it. I can't tell you the number of times they have saved me from accidents. But then again I am not a very good driver:drinkup:

Bstep.1
03-10-2006, 09:38 PM
I don't think I am ready for a tandem axle as it is my first year this year, I can always sell the trailer, but don't want to break the bank my first year. It has helped to see all your recommendations. The 7x12' will give me room to grow.