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Kevin@Siteworks
09-02-2001, 10:41 AM
I am currently looking at trailers and am thinking a dump will fit the bill. I will perform landscaping and mowing services and think the versatility is unmatched. Not only can I load mowing equipment but I will be able to haul material with ease on landscaping days. Not to mention the lower insurance rates vs. a dump truck. What do you guys think?

Randy Scott
09-02-2001, 11:19 AM
I purchased a new 8.5 x 12 bri-mar dump trailer this summer in addition to having my enclosed trailer. So far it has been worth every penny. I don't know how well it would work for hauling a big mower because the ramps have a pretty steep angle. I have to back the skid-steer up it because it might tip when going forward up it. It isn't low like trailers made just for skid-steers or that kinda equipment. Most likely the deck of a mower will get hung up going from the ramps to the box. It works great for what it is inteneded for. I know you can use it for whatever you want but it won't replace my enclosed trailer.

Guido
09-02-2001, 11:28 AM
I know its hard budgeting and storage problems, etc sometimes, but there is no magic "one size fits all" in this industry.

It will work as both, but only 100% at what its intended for. You might find it easier to get another trailer for your lawn maintenance equipment and leave the dump trailer dedicated to the landscaping side of the biz.

Good luck, and with a few mod's here and there, you should be able to make it dual purpose for now.

mdb landscaping
09-02-2001, 12:55 PM
i have a 6 by 10 udump trailer. its absolutely great for hauling mulch. i dont know about putting equipment in it though. i got the high riding one with the axles fully underneath. i do strictly mulch and demolition with it. if you want to haul equipment too, check out the low boy bri mar, or even a foster low boy. those are great for hauling skid steers and still being able to haul materials. just remember the lower the trailer rides, the worse your dumping angle will be.

Kevin@Siteworks
09-02-2001, 01:58 PM
Thanks guys for the great advice! I'm mostly going to use it for the landscape side of the biz. I only want to mow maybe 2 days per week and do installs the rest. Thanks again for the info.

Randy Scott
09-02-2001, 02:16 PM
That's basically what I do now also Kevin. It turns out that for me and my area, and the people running around cutting for next to nothing, the mowing end of the business is merely to get exposure. I am able to make loads more money doing all the others except mowing. I cut two days a week and that is enough. I'd like to tighten those days for next year, hopefully get a few more accounts that I prefer, drop the crap ones, and spend the other days making, for me at least, better money. That was the direction I had intended to go when I started this business and that is what I will continue to pursue.

John DiMartino
09-02-2001, 02:44 PM
I am thinking about buying a dump trailer,my old dump truck s about shot,body wise,i would save 600 a yr on insurance,but one job i do it woul be tough to back the trailer into.The one thing no one mentioned ishow much these things can weigh,most are 10000 or 12000 gvwr at the minumum.It takes a heavy duty truck to pull one of these things,and to keep it tracking straight,the 3 dump traielrs i pulled didnt track as good as my 18 ft trailer,I would almost want gooseneck if possible or a dually to pull with,since short ,heavy trailers dont seem tow nearly as good as longer ones do.

LAWNGODFATHER
09-02-2001, 03:59 PM
I bought a 6.5'X12' dump trailer and love it. It has a 18,000# gvw and never got close to it yet but well worth the money. I paid $3,700 for it. As far as mowing with it, to high off the ground but work well for lots of other things.

BTW I have no tracking problems with it and I can pull it with a 1/2 ton truck. It weighs 3,800# empty

LGF:blob1:

captdevo
09-03-2001, 02:24 PM
LGF

What make do you have? Where did you get it?

Dave

cat320
09-03-2001, 09:28 PM
Yes DIDO ,But does it have 10 guage floor and 12 gauge sides and a good hoist? but $3,700 is a real good price for it what brand and where did you get it?

LAWNGODFATHER
09-03-2001, 10:34 PM
I think its a Loadtrail but not sure I will have to check it tuesday. It does not say on title. It has 2' sides and is tough as all heck. I got it in St. Louis MO. And its pretty heavy duty. It's got a 10 ton electric over hydraulic hoist. It has stake pockets too. Let me get a pic for ya.

LGF:blob1:

kountryscape
09-04-2001, 11:35 PM
:blob2: ok guys I've searched the world over on the dump trailers all year long. came up with alot of little companys from roadrunner.com they have a dump 6x10 7000# for get this 2995.00 . The one i found that is totally over built is one called a baker built trailer from somewhere in illinois, this thing must weigh a ton or two, chevy topkick, or a f-650 might pull it. most are priced from 3000 to 5500. bri-mar might just be the ticket good trailer and price. but i just went thru elkhart indiana the trailer capital of the world.....

They make everything there from haulmark,expressline,wells cargo, campers,mobile homes, cube vans etc. Theres alot of trailers for sale at local sale yards i went thru on a sunday but this looked like trailer heaven. If you need one take a trip it might just be worth it.