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fireman608
08-10-2009, 01:26 PM
I have been looking at utility trailers for a while. I was wondering what size you recommend. Single or double axle? I plan on cutting grass next year and need a trailer now so I figured I would get one that I could use for lawnmowers. Probably start off with one 60" commercial. May eventually move up to two mowers or a walk behind. I figured on a tandem axle 6'x12'. What do you think? Thanks.

Hoy landscaping
08-10-2009, 01:28 PM
go 7'x12' for more room loading and stuff

Daniel's Lawn Care
08-10-2009, 01:36 PM
With a 7'x12' you don't need a double axle, mine is a Holmes single axle 7'x12'.

mowerbrad
08-10-2009, 04:02 PM
Double axle would be best, it gives you more payload capacity. I have also found out that if you have a flat tire on a tandem axle, it allows you a little more time to repair the tire, since you have 2 axles and 1 would still be perfectly fine, so you wouldn't have to change out that flat on a busy highway. I would also suggest at least a 7x14, just to give you some extra room to grow.

GraZHopA
08-10-2009, 04:08 PM
Trailers are like garages and computers. You can't have one too big. Buy as big as you can afford and grow into it.

JDiepstra
08-10-2009, 04:20 PM
I have a 12' single and regret not getting a 16' double. Time to swap up!

South Florida Lawns
08-10-2009, 04:32 PM
Go with a 14ft trailer thats got a 7k axle on it. It'll be less tire scrub/wear and easier to pull.

I got two tandem axle trailers one open one enclosed and I am replacing trailer tires ever 3 months. And I'm not overloaded, just pull a Z and a stander.

TreeClimber57
08-10-2009, 04:38 PM
Well it depends. Depends on what? Well, what are you towing it with, do you have or plan to use electric trailer brakes? If you plan to grow, or think there is even the slightest chance, and you can use brakes, then go big as suggested. Double axle, and around 7 X 16 is a good trailer I have found. But if going that big, you can put a lot of weight on it (I think mine are rated around 7000 lbs GVWR) and trailer brakes are recommended!

fireman608
08-10-2009, 04:59 PM
I've checked prices on a tandem axle 6x12 $1399 6x14 $1449 w/o brakes. There's another place I am going to call in a little while. I agree you also need to go bigger. Thanks for all your help.

STIHL GUY
08-12-2009, 11:06 PM
a tandem axel would be the best but a single will do just fine

gobbles2700
08-22-2009, 12:37 PM
I have a 12' single and regret not getting a 16' double. Time to swap up!

In the same boat though I do have a 22' 7 Ton now. Things to think about are if you ever want to run a 72" mower or a 60" w/ collection you need the wider trailers. You can fit a Z and a walkbehind on a 12' but it gets cramped quick and forget 2 full size Z's with any practicality.

If you expect to work in tight driveways look for 12-14' single axle. If you can afford to step up go with the 16-18' double axle. Also thinking long term if you can afford a 16-18' double with a 10,000 rating it will allowe you to rent equipment and take on landscaping projects.

Basically heed the advice above of buying the most trailer you can afford to now. Within reason, if you only want to mow then the second half of my advice is moot. Good Luck

GravelyNut
08-23-2009, 10:19 AM
If you are going to be going into areas with narrow roads and having to make tight turns, go with a single axle. If wider roads and easy turns, go with a tandem. Tandems do not like sharp turns and so the tires and spring rigging take a beating. On some of the roads I've been on the last few days, I've even questioned the use of a dually and a 6'X16' tandem. A 7' wide landscape trailer would have been off the road any number of times. Nothing like having one wheel over the centerline and the other hanging over the shoulder drop off on a dually to make for an interesting day.

JCPM
08-25-2009, 10:00 PM
I would go with atleast a 7x14 tandem axle as it will give you enough room for a ztr and a walkbehind. Brakes are a MUST. A 7x16 would fit a ztr with a bagger and a walkbehind. It's important not to overspend but equally important to focus on you immediate goals(1-3yrs). You can't buy a new trailer everytime you buy a new piece of equipment.