6 X 9

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawncare3, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do you guys think a 6x9 trailer should have breaks?
     
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    What are you carrying???

    Mowers, no. Stonedust, yes.
     
  3. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No I have a 48" wb & two 21" ers
     
  4. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well, everyone deserves breaks, a 6 x 9 trailer probably doesn't need any brakes though!:blob4:
     
  5. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
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    need, no not really.

    but it's not really up to us, check the DMV for laws.
     
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    Agreed. You must first check with your local DMV to see what size trailer they are required for or most states do it on what weight you are licensed to carry.


    Gravely_Man
     
  7. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Laws will differ from state to state.

    Is it a good idea to have brakes? Yes, it is a good idea no matter how small the trailer depending on how much weight you haul, how you drive, and what you are pulling the trailer with.

    The trailer brakes can be used to stop the trailer from swaying. They will help in an emergency stop. And they will save your car/ truck brakes.

    Hope this helps,
    Jim
     
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Hi lawncare3, i've got a 6x12 open with a 4' gate, 15" wheels (truck tires, wheels) and 5,000 lb single axle, no brakes. In Indiana, this is legal but you only have like a certain payload range. Right now it only has 3,500 lb tags on it and the most we ever use it for is a mower or two and a 1,000# pulling garden tractor, etc. something like that but never more than a ton so far. Oh we put an Escort on it (barely fit w/o the gate) to take it to the junkyard one time :D Pulling this behind a one ton Ford van works fine, however a couple times I wish I had brakes on it, one when I was up in Toledo going to Nate's place with the Scag STHM to trade him, couldn't find his street, we were on a main drag and there was just enough moistness on the road to make it slick if you slammed on the brakes. Well this is a 4 lane road with no stoplight at his street, and a turn lane there, anyway at 35mph, time I saw his street and went to turn left, slammed on the brakes and started turning we slid about halfway through the turn and barely made it. Now I don't like doing that and don't plan to again! Another time I wanted it was going down a big hill in a rain storm windy and all with a 1,000# garden tractor, 400# rear engine rider, all my 2 cycle stuff, 2 gas cans, 30 cu. ft. catcher trailer, lawnboy, aerator and 5 concrete blocks (i'm thinking 3500# with the trailer maybe) and it started hydroplaning down that hill. I was driving both times and going down that hill I got it back under control but there was a curve at the bottom and had to brake to keep from gaining speed, which would have meant wrecking on that curve. I was kinda scared up at Toledo when it slid through the intersection but it didn't bother me when it hydroplaned, I just let off the brakes and let it straighten then gently applied pressure again. Anyway, your 6x9 shouldn't need brakes with just your mowers. I wouldn't mind having brakes on my 6x12 but it's just another thing to hook up that you don't need 95% of the time!
    Good luck, drive safe!
    Eric
     
  9. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    BHB,
    Thanks 4 the input. Also if you are going really fast and cant stop with the breaks I think u should put it in 2nd gear this helps me a lot.
     
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    Well I wasn't speeding in either of those instances. In both instances I was actually going slower than the limit, or trying to anyway. I have occasionally downshifted, but it is hardly ever necessary (automatic tranny)
     

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