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Old 03-18-2004, 04:18 PM
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EZ-Gate vs. The Backsaver

This seems to be a popular topic so I figured I would share my experiences with the two.

For starters I recommend these to EVERYONE who uses an open trailer with a gate. I have back problems and I am pretty sure they started from lifting trailer gates all day.

I have bought both the backsaver (thebacksaver.com) and the EZ-gate (ballard-inc.com).

The EZ-gate was $169 plus shipping and the backsaver $199 plus shipping.

The Backsaver:

Nice unit, I like its compact size and one piece design. I don't like the fact that its a painted unit (rust), it makes noises over bumps with the window down (spring vibrating). Lifts the gate (4 foot) well but the EZ-gate lifts a little better, could just be adjustment not sure. I think it has a slightly smaller spring than the EZ-gate.

EZ-Gate:

Nice unit as well. I like its stainless steel finish (no rust) and it has a plastic insert to prevent spring vibration over bumps. Not quite as streamline sleek looking as the backsaver. Has a slightly larger spring and provides a little more lifting help than the backsaver. Again this could be adjusted differently but I think it is because of the heavier spring.

Bottom line:
EZ-gate wins. Price is less ($30), installation is about the same on both units, but the EZ-gate will resist the weather better and does not annoyingly vibrate like the backsave does.

Picture of the EZ-Gate to follow, will post the backsaver pic also.
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Old 03-18-2004, 04:20 PM
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Here is the Backsaver:

Should also mention that both units do a great job, Even though the EZ-Gate would be my assist of choice, the Backsaver is still worth the money as opposed to no assist.
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Old 03-19-2004, 11:55 PM
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thanks for the imput ksland i always liked the sleek look of the backsaver but i cant see spending the money heres mine
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Old 03-20-2004, 10:29 PM
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I just bought the EZ-Gate but haven't installed it yet. For anyone interested, J. Thomas has the best price.

http://www.j-thomas.com/Catalog/238.htm

$139.99
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Old 03-21-2004, 12:11 AM
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I have a big tex landscape trailer with the four foot mesh sides. How could I put one of these units on my trailer. My gate is extremely heavy with all the reinforcing I did to it so I need a little help.
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Old 03-21-2004, 12:18 AM
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Ballard (EZ-Gate Mfg.) recommends 2 "kits" if your gate is over 180 lbs.
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Old 03-21-2004, 08:04 AM
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ksland, Thank you very much for the comparison. Been meaning to buy one of these for years and just havent gotten to it. With my back getting progressivly worse I think its time.

Fuzzyone, Thanks for the link....gonna order one right now from J-thomas...best price ive seen.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:44 AM
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GREAT THREAD!

Thank you so much for your views and pictures of these products. Does anyone know if these can be installed on 4 foot high side rail trailers? Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2004, 01:11 PM
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Ballard-Inc tells me those J-Thomas ones are made of different material. I am not sure I believe it, I will have to order one from them and compare. That is why they are less money they explained.
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Old 03-21-2004, 01:35 PM
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Hmmm, not sure about the different material. It says EZ-Gate on the side of the stainless steel tube. What could be different about it. It's a couple of bolts, a spring, a tube , some wire and a piece of chain.


The directions look very simple.
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