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Old 09-02-2009, 07:40 PM
IndustrialDesigner714 IndustrialDesigner714 is offline
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Survey on Equipment Trailer

This is not for profit, it's for educational purposes. I am a part time landscaper and a full time design student. I was in landscaping for 4 years working with my Father and brother. Having hands on experience with equipment, I have problems with in the design. Keeping that in mind has direct my path on designing equipment for residential and commercial consumers.

I am designing a trailer for residential and commercial landscapers. By answering these questions, I would have a understanding of the user needs in my design.

1. What is your nationality? (optional)
2. What is your age? (optional)
3. Do you work in Residential and/or commercial locations?
4. Is finding parking an issue when arriving on the job site?
5. What vehicle manufacture do you drive for work?
6. Do you own a trailer for work?
7. If yes, is it a cargo trailer or a open landscape trailer?
8. Do you have issues when it comes to storing and accessing equipment?
9. What brand of equipment do you own?
10. What brand of power tools do you use on the job?
11. Other than equipment, what other "needs" are used on the job? (Example: water container)
12. Is the trailer you own a single axle or tandem axle?
13. Do you work on a rainy day?
14. Are there any features you would like to have on a trailer?
15. Do you have any issues on owning a trailer?
Any comments:
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:44 PM
Poorboy's landscaping Poorboy's landscaping is offline
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Location: South new jersey
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1. What is your nationality? white/ german
2. What is your age? 18
3. Do you work in Residential and/or commercial locations? Residential
4. Is finding parking an issue when arriving on the job site? sometimes
5. What vehicle manufacture do you drive for work? 97 F150 v6
6. Do you own a trailer for work? not yet
7. If yes, is it a cargo trailer or a open landscape trailer?
8. Do you have issues when it comes to storing and accessing equipment? nope got a big grage
9. What brand of equipment do you own? Echo, bobcat, craftsman
10. What brand of power tools do you use on the job? mostly craftman
11. Other than equipment, what other "needs" are used on the job? Water container
12. Is the trailer you own a single axle or tandem axle?
13. Do you work on a rainy day? sometimes
14. Are there any features you would like to have on a trailer? weedwaker racks, blower rack, string rack, tool box for tools and extra blades
15. Do you have any issues on owning a trailer? no Thinking about building my own.
Any comments:
I would like a trail that is no wider then my truck and about 10ft long. I would only be haul 2 walk behinds 32" and 36". Plus a craftsman 21" push mower. I would mount a weedwacker rack, and back pack blower rack. On the front would be a small behind the cab tool box for spare blades, tools, and other oddess and ends. I would also have a spot to hold my gas can and lock them up. Had one stolen out of my truck. There would also be a small rack for racks, shovels. It would be a open trailer. I would put a 3,500 axle on it with breaks. My only problem is some of the lawn I do there no parking for a truck and trailer.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:07 PM
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Mike's LawnCare Landscape Mike's LawnCare Landscape is offline
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1. What is your nationality? (optional) White in the winter !!!!
2. What is your age? (optional) 30 to 35
3. Do you work in Residential and/or commercial locations? Both 80% Res 20 % Com
4. Is finding parking an issue when arriving on the job site? It's one of my things that I make sure that I can turn around and park when I BID a job . 5 % of the bid this factors in
5. What vehicle manufacture do you drive for work? Chevy

6. Do you own a trailer for work? YES
7. If yes, is it a cargo trailer or a open landscape trailer? Both but use My Enclosed for mowing
8. Do you have issues when it comes to storing and accessing equipment? Not at this time
9. What brand of equipment do you own? Ferris mowers, Redmax Hand helds, Honda 22" mowers
10. What brand of power tools do you use on the job? Every thing (hate to say it but I like Ryobi the best for its price and long lasting (only in power tools ))
11. Other than equipment, what other "needs" are used on the job? (Example: water container) Good whether
12. Is the trailer you own a single axle or tandem axle? Both
13. Do you work on a rainy day? If i'm behind Yes
14. Are there any features you would like to have on a trailer? More tie down hooks ,More roof vents . Mine only has one and it 16' Gas,grass and more smell
15. Do you have any issues on owning a trailer? Nope (well help some time can not back them up as you can ) so maybe for workers , same as can you drive a stick ??
Any comments: I like my enclosed for the tools safety from rain and walking away , and nice billboard
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:37 PM
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1. White
2. 16
3. Residential
4. No
5. Toyota, soon to be GMC
6. yes
7. Open Landscape trailer
8. Yes, I don't hve much room in garage
9. Stihl, Echo, Toro, Honda,
10. Just handhelds, beg edgers, and tillers, toro dingo etc..
11. Tool Box
12. Single Axle
13. Sometimes
14.Yes I will explain below
15. No

My perfect trailer would be... 7x14 Tandem axle, with 3ft side. Racks and cages on it. Fold down rear ramp reinforced so you can haul skids, etc.. Dumping mechanism, and heavy duty build. I would like one like bladescape's, but I want it to dump and be able to haul skids. Basically a do-it-all trailer. Mowing equipment, landscape material, heavy equipment(skids etc.) I know it is a lot to ask for, but that is my idea of a perfect versatile trailer. If you would be interested in helping me fab one up or something I might be interested next year. Let me know, sounds like you got a good idea going though.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:31 PM
Brick One Lawns Brick One Lawns is offline
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Umm tell me this is a joke....
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:19 AM
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1)
2)
3) Mostly residential with few commercial
4) Depends on how long the rig is, anything over a 20ft trailer would be hard to fit in some places.
5) GMC
6) Yes
7) open landscape trailer
8) a little bit
9) bob-cat, dixie chopper, stihl
10) n/a
11) n/a
12) tandem axle
13) rarely
14) racks for all the handheld equipment and a good place to put the grass/leafs that can be unloaded fast
15) backing up at night, can't see much and could use some extra lights.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:17 AM
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About IndustrialDesigner714
Location
Orange County
Number of Years in Business
11 to 20 years
Services Your Company Provides
Lawn Mowing, Landscape Maintenance, Fertilization & Weed Control
Company Biography
Work with my father (boss) and brother
Interests
A side of working with my father I am attending school to design products. From my experience working in landscaping, i found problems using equipment and finding a solution to fix it.

Maybe we should be asking you?
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:57 PM
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1. What is your nationality? -USA
2. What is your age? -17
3. Do you work in Residential and/or commercial locations?- Residential
4. Is finding parking an issue when arriving on the job site?-no
5. What vehicle manufacture do you drive for work?-Ford
6. Do you own a trailer for work?-yes
7. If yes, is it a cargo trailer or a open landscape trailer?-open
8. Do you have issues when it comes to storing and accessing equipment?-no
9. What brand of equipment do you own?- Bobcat, Stihl, Giant Vac, Kawasaki
10. What brand of power tools do you use on the job?-Bobcat, Stihl, Giant Vac, Kawasaki
11. Other than equipment, what other "needs" are used on the job? (Example: water container)
12. Is the trailer you own a single axle or tandem axle?-single axle
13. Do you work on a rainy day?- sometimes
14. Are there any features you would like to have on a trailer?-gate assist/lift
15. Do you have any issues on owning a trailer?-no
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:35 AM
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Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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1. What is your nationality? caucasian
2. What is your age? 18
3. Do you work in Residential and/or commercial locations? residential
4. Is finding parking an issue when arriving on the job site? never
5. What vehicle manufacture do you drive for work? FORD BABY!!!!
6. Do you own a trailer for work? Yes
7. If yes, is it a cargo trailer or a open landscape trailer? open landscape
8. Do you have issues when it comes to storing and accessing equipment? The trailer is slightly small(5x10). i see a 7.x X 16 as a perfect size trailer
9. What brand of equipment do you own? Toro mostly
10. What brand of power tools do you use on the job? Stihl and Redmax
11. Other than equipment, what other "needs" are used on the job? (Example: water container) I keep a gallon jug of water with me, extra trimmer line, gas, etc....
12. Is the trailer you own a single axle or tandem axle? Single, would like a tandem
13. Do you work on a rainy day? Depends on how hard its raining.
14. Are there any features you would like to have on a trailer? Maybe some stobe or warning lights? Removable high sides for leaves, brush and mulch. Gas/trimmer/blower/watercooler racks
15. Do you have any issues on owning a trailer?
none
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:15 PM
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Interesting.
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