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Dan the mowing man
03-06-2004, 09:50 PM
Should I buy a trailer with one gate or two? It would cost $150 to add a second gate. I thought it might be easier to unload my 36 walk behind instead of moving my ztr every time I needed just the walk behind.

gravedigger5
03-06-2004, 10:22 PM
I am a solo operator, so I only use one of my mowers at a time, with very few stops where I would need both. I had a 14' with one gate and would always be planning ahead which mower I would need next trying to save time loading and unloading. So I broke down a bought a 18' trailer with two full size gates. It really has helped out with more than just the mowers. I can put my spreader on and off with the mowers loaded cause the side gate is so wide, and other equipment too, like my wheel blower, aerator and such. I can even load my 62" Toro Z in the side gate if I had to. (probably wide enough for a 72" if I had one) I believe you will appreciate a side gate if you get one. I picked up my trailer with electric brakes for $1250 new. Marc

Gilla Gorilla
03-06-2004, 10:42 PM
You should definately think about going with the side gate
and get it as wide as you can. I wish that I had gotten my
trailer with a side gate now.

Pecker
03-06-2004, 10:57 PM
Gilla, same here. In fact, I am going to look into having a side gate added to my 14' pretty soon, now that I have a WB. Sure would be nice. But the real thing that bothers me is placing my ZTR out of harms way when I use the WB. A side gate would help eliminate that concern.

sodzilla
03-06-2004, 11:04 PM
We are just starting to build my trailer. Got the axles, springs, ect last Thursday. The steal will be in on Monday. I looked at several trailers and really liked the side gate. So we are building one. I don't really like the fact that it is 4' high so I am going to split it in half and hinge it. So it will only stick up 2' when in transport. But will fold out to 4' for unloading. The trailer is going to be 16' long with an 18" beavertail. That way I figure my back tailgate will only have to be 3' long and wont be such a pain to lift all the time. Like I said I saw alot of different trailers I liked, but to get one the way I wanted it it would be pricey. Materials to build it myself are around $1,000-$1,100. My one uncle owns a welding shop. My other uncle has a body shop. Sometimes family members come in handy.

tiedeman
03-06-2004, 11:08 PM
there are many of times that I wish I had a side gate

pines
03-06-2004, 11:38 PM
Originally posted by gravedigger5
I am a solo operator, so I only use one of my mowers at a time, with very few stops where I would need both. I had a 14' with one gate and would always be planning ahead which mower I would need next trying to save time loading and unloading. So I broke down a bought a 18' trailer with two full size gates. It really has helped out with more than just the mowers. I can put my spreader on and off with the mowers loaded cause the side gate is so wide, and other equipment too, like my wheel blower, aerator and such. I can even load my 62" Toro Z in the side gate if I had to. (probably wide enough for a 72" if I had one) I believe you will appreciate a side gate if you get one. I picked up my trailer with electric brakes for $1250 new. Marc

What type of trailer and where did you buy it for that price?

Lawn-N-Garden Guy
03-07-2004, 09:03 AM
Anyone have any pics of their side gate design,and what are the pros and cons,Some lawns I do I have to back the ZTR off to get to the 21 inchers or break my back lifting them up over the rail. THANX

Dan the mowing man
03-07-2004, 09:10 AM
Well it looks like the side gate is worth the extra $150 . Thank you for your help .

gravedigger5
03-07-2004, 10:21 AM
pines, My trailer is a Bilt-rite brand made in Sikeston Mo. I purchased it from Hughes Bros. Trailers in Auxvasse Mo. There are a lot of trailer manufacturers in Sikeston, but this was one of the better looking as far as quality that I have seen come from there.

sodzilla, the beaver tail idea I like, I had one on my 14" trailer and really liked it. As far as the side gate being folded in half, I have been contemplating that myself. Not too big of a problem except with my leaf vac hanging off the back of my truck, the gate gets in the way of the hose. If if folded in half it would work great.

TRex
03-07-2004, 10:57 AM
Here is a picture of a side gate. I think a side gate is very useful for the walk behinds and 21" mowers.

proenterprises
03-07-2004, 11:02 AM
it all depends on how much jockying between mowers you have to do. if theirs only 2 or 3 times per day when you need the wb out of the back, then screw it and those few times just plan ahead.

if their is alot of switching needed, then i would say go with the side gate and save yourself the hassles.

grass_cuttin_fool
03-07-2004, 12:09 PM
I would spend the money and get the side gate. Who knows you may end up getting more yards that require the 36 inch mower and would have to be moving the other mower to get it out. An option like that would add to the resale value of the trailer also, just my 2 cents worth

Fareway Lawncare
03-07-2004, 02:10 PM
Side Gate w/Gate Lift system. Can fit a 48" Walk. Would not order any trailer over 10' w/out a side gate.

Turfcutters Plus
03-07-2004, 06:34 PM
Last year was my first year with my side gate,$300 installed.Wow!!Too cool.I used to HATE jockying mowers back and forth,especially on a fast mowing route like mine.Great on moral,nerves,efficiency.I love my gate on back-up pick-up also,from usa ramps,$550

Blades of Steel
03-07-2004, 08:38 PM
here's a side gate with hydraulic assists.

Fareway Lawncare
03-07-2004, 09:10 PM
Now that's a sweet trailer!!!

Only thing I don't like is you can reach over the sides to gas up or drop in some tools.

Blades of Steel
03-08-2004, 08:05 AM
You would be suprised. Most gas pumps do reach over to the mowers. Also, the hand tools don't stay there they are on the trailer for storage. I keep them in the caged are in the front of the trailer.

WAGS LandL
03-08-2004, 10:18 AM
Blades, that is a really nice trailer. My first trailer did not have the
side gate, so last season I sold it and broke down and bought
a 16' construction trailer, with the idea of putting side and rear
gate on it. I bought the steel last thursday and the welding
begins today. I can't wait to put it to use. It will be alot better
than move one mower to get to the other all the time.