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Wayne Landscaping
06-13-2004, 11:09 PM
I was wondering if any LCO's have had any experience w/ Rangers & trailers. I am under a tight budget and it seems that the Ranger is the right pick. My question is if the Ranger can tow a trailer w/ a JD 757 and some hand tools on it. Thanks.

Show-Me Lawn Care
06-13-2004, 11:11 PM
has it got a 4 cyl or 6 cyl?

Fareway Lawncare
06-13-2004, 11:14 PM
If it's a 4L/V6 then Yes!

Wayne Landscaping
06-13-2004, 11:19 PM
So, I need a V6?

06-13-2004, 11:20 PM
Talk to qualitylandscaping. he ran rangers for a few years i believe.

Show-Me Lawn Care
06-13-2004, 11:23 PM
I wouldn't think the 4 would like pulling much at all. I drive an Explorer with the 4.0L V6 and pull a 48" & 36" WB, two 21"s, a trimmer, blower, edger, gas cans, tools, etc. You can feel it straining when going up inclines...

06-13-2004, 11:29 PM
A guy that I worked for for 6 years used a small '94 Nissan with a 4 cyl. in it and it was awesome. We would pull a walker and a 21" JD on a 5' x 10' tandem trailer with assorted blower, edger etc. in the box. Also handled towing 3 yards of mulch pretty well too although it could have used some extra suspension with the heavier loads.

I'd suggest if you're getting a small truck like that to get a standard.

06-13-2004, 11:30 PM
I've been using a 4cyl 5 speed ranger for over 2 years, pulling a 5x10 trailer with a 48" scag wb, 22" craftsmen, blower, trimmer, etc, and it really didn't do to bad. Definately would recommend putting on a good hitch, as the weight is a much for the bumper. It is a bit gutless, but gets the job done.

06-13-2004, 11:56 PM
I started out with a 6 cyl. Ford Ranger and still have it as a back-up. Use every so often when the F-150 is in for oil changes etc.
It pulled my 10x6 trailer with a John Deere 36" wb and a Wright Stander, 2 trimmers, 2 push mowers and a bunch of other tools.
Great little trucks for the money.

06-14-2004, 02:14 AM
The truck in the picture can tow a 5 x 8 or 5x10 with a Z and trimmers, tools, etc. It gets work done, not problem as long as you don't do fast or hard driving. The hard part is when pulling sods or mulch the truck is not strong enough to handle that kind of weight, you then need a 3/4 ton truck like F 250.

06-14-2004, 01:40 PM
I use a new 04 v6 ranger. The GVWR is 5000, I can pull my 5 1/2' x 10' trailer with the toro WB and equipment no problem.

KL Squared
06-14-2004, 04:34 PM
I used a 4 cylinder ranger for a yaer and a half. I pulled a 5x10 trailer with a 44 and a 21 inch mower with a cage mounted on the trailer. The truck did fine. Braking was a concern at times.

06-15-2004, 09:38 PM
I have a 1998 Ford Ranger 4 banger and usually just pull my jon boat with it but that other day I pulled my landscape trailer loaded with a scag 36" walkbehind and 2 21" prolines with weedeaters and other tools. Wasn't really a problem.. especially it you have a standard. I would how ever get a better hitch than the bumper hitch.. I just have the bumper hitch and was a little worried about it.