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Dirty Water
09-03-2006, 12:41 PM
I'm looking for a 10,000+ GVW trailer to pull 4 ton excavator and some buckets:

What do you think of these three:

http://www.trucktraderonline.com/caddetail.html?/ad-cache/4/0/3/85070203.htm

This Iron Eagle is the cheapest, and I really don't like the flip up jack, but the self storing ramps is pretty nice.

http://adcache.trucktraderonline.com/4/8/0/85063880.htm

This BigTex appears to be the nicest of the bunch, but its also the most expensive. I really like the tilt deck. Though its only a 16'.

I've heard mixed opinions about Big Tex.

http://adcache.trucktraderonline.com/4/3/7/83923637.htm

Iv'e never heard of Kearney, but it appears to be a really solid trailer. I like the pintle hitch option, and the price seems great for what you get. Its also a few feet longer than the others.

So, for you guys who have bought lots of trailers, am I close to good products? Are these guys a waste of money?

Lazer_Z
09-03-2006, 01:15 PM
Jon, I'm going to be in the same boat as you in the next year or so but if I were buying right now I think I'd go the the Big Tex but I'd see if I could be the same model only with a pintle ring. The last trailer looks like it could be used as a regular mower hauler with the installation of a ramp gate. Good luck.

Rob

srl28
09-03-2006, 01:45 PM
I think that 10k is a little small for what your doing. go 12k or more but....cdl?

Dirty Water
09-03-2006, 01:46 PM
I think that 10k is a little small for what your doing. go 12k or more but....cdl?

cdl is not a problem.

murray83
09-03-2006, 01:57 PM
i like the tilt trailer myself,but as you say its more pricey.what truck are you looking to tow this with?

other than the mini what buckets are you looking at?,24'' and a ditching i would flip one bucket into the other during transport.

mow king
09-03-2006, 02:22 PM
I'd vote for the bigtex although not necessarly that model.

You can get a standard equipment trailer from them for about $3200.

(10k gvw, 16ft, 2ft beavertail, brakes on both axles, heavy duty ramps. etc)

I have that trailer and I talked my local dealer down to $2900 from $3200 about 6 months ago.

Good luck.

FearThisDeere
09-03-2006, 02:25 PM
I don't know about everyone else, but I would try to avoid a wood deck as much as possible just because there is a lot more involved mantaining it. I would look for a steel deck IMO, but it weighs more and costs more. Saves you the hassle in the end.

jazak
09-03-2006, 02:47 PM
Why not get a small tag? Like 6 ton.

http://www.truckpaper.com/listings/forsale/Detail.asp?OHID=974742&guid=01E5A94BD3C8417993897C2EEC002004
http://www.truckpaper.com/listings/forsale/detail.asp?OHID=1021145&guid=01E5A94BD3C8417993897C2EEC002004
http://www.truckpaper.com/listings/forsale/detail.asp?OHID=1246493&guid=01E5A94BD3C8417993897C2EEC002004
http://www.truckpaper.com/listings/forsale/detail.asp?OHID=158345&guid=01E5A94BD3C8417993897C2EEC002004

Dirty Water
09-03-2006, 04:16 PM
Jazak, what exactly is the difference between a small tag trailer, and the ones I was looking at?

jazak
09-03-2006, 06:29 PM
Those sit lower to the ground and aren't made out of the same steel, tires, ext.

Gravel Rat
09-03-2006, 10:01 PM
I like that Landoll that Jazak posted it looks like the best equipment hauler but I don't think it would be cheap thou. It might be better to spend a little more now than later.

Mike33
09-03-2006, 10:03 PM
Ill check my brand that i just bought last year for my hydro seeder. It is a 16' 12,000 gvw. I would go with the wooden deck though hauling and loading equiptment. It was priced decent around 3,200. I also have a 5 ton Hudson 16' with ramps, it is 11 years old priced good and has been fine. Typical maint, though tires, lights and replaced wood 2 years ago. The 1 thing i like on my hydro seedr trailer is the jack.
Mike

Dirty Water
09-03-2006, 10:04 PM
Those sit lower to the ground and aren't made out of the same steel, tires, ext.

The only difference I see is that the deck is the same height as the drawbar.