Bri-Mar LP vs LE?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by recycledsole, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,235

    hey guys,
    i am choosing between 2 classes of a bri-mar dump trailer
    LE class is a $1000 cheaper than LP
    main differences i am undertsanding are

    LE Series
    Alko axles
    Ramps on fender
    coupler is different
    top wind jack

    LP Series
    dexter ez lube axles
    ramps under bed
    coupler differnt
    drop leg jack

    my main concern is the axles
    the alkos dont appear to be ez lube. i have heard many differnt things concerning axles. i would appreciate any input. thanks alot
     
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I can't really comment on the Bri-Mar trailers themselves, but I know the dexter EZ lube on my trailer is a thing of beauty
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not very familiar with the LE series. I don't think they had them when I bought my LP but I did just look at them on the website. I will say that the under trailer ramp storage is nice on the LP, but you will smash/break your toe if you drop the ramp on it...yes I know that from experience and it was 100% my fault. It's interesting that the LE actually weights more than the LP. It looks like all the materials are the same gauge so I'm not sure why. Also, keep in mind that the LE has bias tires on it, not radials like the LP. It looks like the LE doesn't have rubber mounted lights either.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    hey darryl, so are bias ply tires much inferior?
     
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bias ply tires build more heat than radial tires do at highway speeds
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,235

    Hm. since the radial tires are on the more expensive trailer, id guess theyre better. which has been everything ive read so far..
    thank you for your help.
     
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    You're welcome. Keep in mind no matter what tires you have on your trailer, a double axle trailer tends to eat the rear tires...you get much less wear out of them than the front set. The reason is they tend to scrub against the pavement when you turn. I'm still on my orignial set on my trailer which I bought in 2006, but I really don't use it all that much and when I do it's all local.
     
  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,235

    Yes sir i got the trailer today. Went with the DT610LP-10. Means the 10k trailer with radial tires and dexter ez-lube axles. I got landscape gate mostly conisidering leaf removals in the fall. The LE model was $600 cheaper, but i researched alko axles on google and found some bad reviews and problems with them. I got it from http://www.trailerenterprises.com/ which is real close to the Bri-Mar factory and they gave me a good price @ $5650.
    thanks for everyones help
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,138

    Grats. Nice trailer for sure. Your're going to love the feeling of just pushing a button to dump. I'd be interested to hear how the landscape gate works out for you. I have the barn doors/combo gate. I can't picture trying to dump a tall load of brush with the landscape gate though...but haven't had my coffee yet either, lol.
     

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