Best way to lock your equipment to your trailer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by l3randonf, May 28, 2011.

  1. l3randonf

    l3randonf LawnSite Member
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    I am about to buy a small trailer with side walls that has racks for weedeaters as well. I want to know the best way to secure all of my equipment to the trailer while I am in someone's back yard and cannot see my equipment that is in the street. Or if I am at Home Depot, I want to feel like my equipment is all secure. Mower and all.

    Is there some kind of rope/lock product out there that I could secure everything with?
     
  2. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go to your local police dept. and ask for gun handgun locks. Maybe they don't do that in Texas but here the cops give out gun locks. i think its called project childsafe? something like that.

    http://www.projectchildsafe.org/

    they fit nicely on trimmer racks
     
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i wouldn't fool with it...a thief can cut chains, locks, or whatever with bolt cutters in a matter of seconds...just keep an eye on your stuff as often as possible.
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Use some extreme trimmer racks, they cost more but protct your gear much better.
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can tell you one thing, I don't take my truck to no big stores where I'm going to be inside for how long
    unless I absolutely have to, unfortunately I have read too many horror stories right here on LS about folks
    having their equipment disappear and the folks at the store can't or won't do a thing about it so I'd rather
    be safe than sorry...

    Unless I have to have the trailer or the back of the truck for cargo space, I'll take my car.
    If I have to have the truck and trailer, I unload as much stuff as possible first and leave everything I don't need behind.
    Guess it boils down to using your head.

    That having been said...
    A big fat chain wrapped all through every handle of every handheld with a nasty padlock
    to secure it all in one big loop helps as well, they can still take it but they either have to
    cut through 1/2" steel with BIG bolt cutters or they have to take like 6-7 handhelds all bound
    together away all at the same time.
    It is unfortunately a hassle dealing with that chain all the time, but it keeps your stuff down tight.

    The trailer itself is easy, get a locking pin, padlock the hitch latch, and padlock the chains holding the gate pins.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2011
  6. J & D Greens

    J & D Greens LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know that if they what it it is gone, but locks do keep honest people honest. and I would rather have a lock on every piece of equipment than to hand it over to some one. If you are interested in seeing how things are locked on my trailer check it out in my thread. Most of the locks have the same key or combo so I don't have to search to unlock and go from tool to tool. I built the cage and the ramp and they lock up also (very easily).
    We can't worry to much about thieves that is way you need to have insurance on your tools. At least enough to cover if they make of with everything.
    I have been lucky so far, hope you get some decent ideas from how I did mine and if I can help in any way let me know.
     
  7. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have never understood this saying because if they were honest they wouldn't be looking to steal your stuff even if it wasn't locked?
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  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's said because even an honest person might be tempted if given a golden opportunity.

    The best you can really do is lock them up and make sure your equipment insurance has a full replacement value clause.
     
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, but removing the opportunity factor might remove just enough temptation,
    although granted I essentially agree with you lol
     
  10. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
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    Enclosed trailer....Out of sight, out of mind.

    Open trailer, i would have stuff locked even if thieves can cut them.....for insurance purposes.
     

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