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esmit108
10-10-2012, 12:37 AM
I have a small lawn mowing business going. I'm 21 and in my last year of college. I use a Toro push mower right now, sears edger, stihl fs90r weed eater and stihl br600 backpack blower. I picked up a 36 inch encore walk behind and am about to go get a scag tiger cat 52'' this week. Business has really taken off and I now need a trailer. I already purchased my trimmer rack and blower rack for the trailer. I was thinking about this 6.4 c 14 foot trailer single axle. Would that be good to put an 1,100 pound ztr and a 36 inch walk behind on? Thanks!

esmit108
10-10-2012, 12:43 AM
I meant 6.4 x 14

Spring Valley Lawn Service
10-10-2012, 01:44 AM
Hope so I use a 6 x 12 for a 48 inch ztr and walker mower. Selling walker and getting a 36 inch walkbehind

easy-lift guy
10-10-2012, 06:15 AM
What would you be pulling this trailer with?. I suspect that at 21 you will next season quickly over load this trailer with new equipment, over and above what you mentioned.
Depending on what your pulling your new trailer with, I would make sure you have electric breaks to better protect your self and others.
easy-lift guy

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
10-10-2012, 06:38 AM
If you can afford it i would probably go with a duel axle. Maybe something with brakes as well.the fourteen ft. Sounds like a good length.
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esmit108
10-10-2012, 11:27 PM
Thanks for all the help guys! I really couldn't afford the dual axle tho. I don't plan on getting too big right now as I have a job working at a small amusement park taking care of the grounds. I get paid decently there and go out and mow after work one day and on my day off on Thursday. I went and got the 6.5 x 14 foot trailer today. This weekend I'm going to get my racks on and pick up the scag Monday or Tuesday hopefully. I will post a pic in a minute. It's a big step up for me cause I have been working out of the back of a cargo van for years

esmit108
10-10-2012, 11:30 PM
I am pulling it with a 2011 chevy avalanche

esmit108
10-10-2012, 11:34 PM
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esmit108
10-10-2012, 11:35 PM
Here we go
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PlantscapeSolutions
10-11-2012, 01:04 AM
Once you get past a 12' you had better have a 5K axle and not just a weak 3.5K unit. The tailgate is not very well built and the expanded metal is going to end up sagging and getting blown out. There needs to be twice as many uprights in the ramp. The bottom piece of steel in the ramp should be angle just like the top piece.

Square tube is great for up rights (angle is the worst) but you do not want it used as the base of the ramp. The square tube has thin walls so you don't want one tube being welded to another. You want thicker walled angle used at the bottom of the trailer.

esmit108
10-11-2012, 01:43 AM
Do you think I should weld some extra supports on the gate? And at the most I will only be putting 1,600 lbs on the trailer. I liked it cause it gave me an extra 2 feet to maneuver 2 mowers with. If I got the 12 foot one I would just be jamming the same two mowers on it and for $50 more I added two feet. Only mowing 2 days a week I didnt have the extra cash for a dual axel and a trailer brake receiver to be installed ($1500 extra)

32vld
10-11-2012, 09:16 AM
My next need is to up grade my trailer. I want a single axle 6 / 7 x 14 trailer myself so two 6' long pieces can fit on without a stuggle and wide enough for a 60 that I don't have to worry when running a bag.

PlantscapeSolutions
10-11-2012, 09:37 AM
Three more items. The trailer probably will come with junky tires. You really need E rated 80 psi tires so the trailer doesn't bounce around and blow out a tire if you hit a decent bump with a bunch of mowers in it. Your going to need a spare tire as well. No spare is really a big problem because it you have to leave your trailer on the side of a road to go get a tire fixed your equipment may be long gone before you get back. For a wheel and three decent Carlisle tires you looking at around $400.

Look up under the front of the trailer and see if the tongue stops under the front of the trailer or if the steel runs the whole length of the trailer like it should. The inferior companies that do not have the tools to bend steel simply weld the tongue to the front of the trailer. Welded tongues are prone to failing if you overload the trailer or get in even a mild accident. I've seen trailers fold in half before because the tongue failed. It's a pretty funny sight to see a trailer twisted up like a pretzel.

easy-lift guy
10-11-2012, 03:03 PM
Three more items. The trailer probably will come with junky tires. You really need E rated 80 psi tires so the trailer doesn't bounce around and blow out a tire if you hit a decent bump with a bunch of mowers in it. Your going to need a spare tire as well. No spare is really a big problem because it you have to leave your trailer on the side of a road to go get a tire fixed your equipment may be long gone before you get back. For a wheel and three decent Carlisle tires you looking at around $400.

Look up under the front of the trailer and see if the tongue stops under the front of the trailer or if the steel runs the whole length of the trailer like it should. The inferior companies that do not have the tools to bend steel simply weld the tongue to the front of the trailer. Welded tongues are prone to failing if you overload the trailer or get in even a mild accident. I've seen trailers fold in half before because the tongue failed. It's a pretty funny sight to see a trailer twisted up like a pretzel.

along with better tires make sure you have a decent floor jack to lift your trailer for the future flat tires, 2.5 Ton should work fine. Lowes also makes a great batt opperated impack drill for removing lug nuts for my truck and trailer, makes a great Christmas gift idea as well!.
easy-lift guy

PlantscapeSolutions
10-11-2012, 03:13 PM
along with better tires make sure you have a decent floor jack to lift your trailer for the future flat tires, 2.5 Ton should work fine. Lowes also makes a great batt opperated impack drill for removing lug nuts for my truck and trailer, makes a great Christmas gift idea as well!.
easy-lift guy

I keep a 18" breaker bar in my truck with sockets for my truck and trailer. For your tiny trailer your scissor jack will probably work fine. I keep a 20 ton bottle jack in my toolbox but my trailer can weight 28,000 lbs. I had a 15 ton but it wouldn't lift even one side of the trailer. Thanks for nothing Craftsman. Always buy a jack rated to lift way more then your trailer will ever weight.