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Ukisuperstar
01-07-2010, 08:24 PM
My company has recently picked up a few contracts for the summer of 2010, that will involve the use of a Mini-x everyday transported to various job sites.

Previously we had rented, and had a buddy tow our machines around once in awhile. I've since purchased a Kubota KX91-3 and have a Case 430 to transport.

Looking to purchase this trailer: http://www.jdjtrailers.com/PDF/HDLT10400.pdf
Which could also be used for garbage, small loads...etc
Any other suggestions are welcomed.

My business partner currently has a '08 1500 Sierra and I would like to know if this truck would have troubles pulling any combination of trailer and machine. Only need to move equipment one at a time. Would rather not put so much strain on the truck being a 1500 but would only be used everyday for 4-5months of the year. This is why I am also looking at a F250 or 2500HD, regular or extended cab.

Also if it matters, I am in Toronto Ontario:canadaflag:, if you have any suggestions it would be much appreciated.

doubleedge
01-07-2010, 08:58 PM
Anything with a Duramax or Cummins engine would be nice. Ford has had problems with their diesel engines since late 2003. Before that, the Ford 7.3 was nice.

As far as gas goes, the Ford v10 and Chevy 8.1l v8 are powerful, but are gas hogs (8 mpg towing) and the older ones are relatively weak. Out of the smaller gas engines, the Dodge 5.7 and the newer Chevy 6.0 engines are pretty strong. The Ford 5.4 has been underpowered for a while, especially so before 2004.

ranger350
01-07-2010, 09:03 PM
i'm curious to know the cost on that trailer

that kubota weights 7000+ lbs plus the trailer you'll be atleast 9000, thats really pushing it for a 1500 class truck

Ukisuperstar
01-07-2010, 09:08 PM
^^Thats what i'm thinking, but I do see some contractors doing it still.

Also for both trailer and truck i'd be looking at brand new. 2010 preferably.

SNAPPER MAN
01-07-2010, 09:56 PM
^^Thats what i'm thinking, but I do see some contractors doing it still.

Also for both trailer and truck i'd be looking at brand new. 2010 preferably.

Do yourself a favor and buy a good pre-emission diesel. I bought a 2009 like a idiot and regret it every time we go to fill it up! The older ones are way way better.

Pristine PM
01-29-2010, 09:31 PM
MTO will be all over you pulling that much with a 1500... I don't know this, but I believe you would need a 550 to legally pull that much, check out their website to know for sure. Good luck, renting makes sense for us, but if you have the work and are good with maintenance, have fun saving money!

From what I have heard JDJ's are decent trailers with a decent price.

stuvecorp
01-30-2010, 12:17 AM
Something like a Ford 550 or the Chevy/GMC 5500 pulling a gooseneck trailer would pull both in one trip. Or a bigger truck pulling a deckover? What does the Kubota weigh? Good to hear you have a Case skid!

Ukisuperstar
01-30-2010, 09:13 AM
Only looking to transport one machine at a time, no need for a gooseneck trailer, 550 would be overkill for my needs.

Thanks for the advice

ProTouch Groundscapes
01-30-2010, 10:42 AM
youd be surprised at how a 550 might be your best option.

hardscaping wise youd be able to carry alot more aggregate in the back of the truck, and im sure you know those pallets of blocks/pavers are really heavy. with a 3/4 or 1 ton you would be maxed out at 1 or 2 pallets depending on what you have ordered.
and dropping a machine off at job site then going to get the other one might get pretty old.

an 06 or 07 F550 would be a good bet, as they have the best versions of the 6.0L powerstroke. or an 07 c5500 would be pre emission as well, but the physical size of the truck is much larger.

esnipe8
01-31-2010, 12:44 PM
I would recommend getting a trailer with closer to 6k pound axles. I have a 10.5 also and I always get worried if I want to haul anything extra with a bobcat, bucket, trencher on it. We also have a 12k trailer, which puts me at ease.

Also I would recommend at least a 3/4 ton.

organiclawncanada
01-31-2010, 10:18 PM
If you want to stay with a Half ton look at the F150 with the Max Tow Package. With it you can pull up to 11000lbs, as they put in an intergrated brake controller and a beefed up bumper and frame, plus a few more changes, they make a true heavy half ton. Also for your trailer try Scott at Jensen Trailers in Oshawa, I have know him for years and he will take very good care of you. I don't know if they sell the JDJ but they will have something equivalent or better. In Ontario you can legally tow up to 1012lbs based on the axle weight with a G license. :canadaflag: