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building a new trailer gate

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by acresofgreen, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    Down to the rollers on the end to help it unfold- that's how to do it right there. Awesome job.
  2. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 969

    How heavy is that? Looks awesome, but heavy. Manuel operation, or mechanical?
  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I built my ramp on my trailer The trailer came with hidden type ramps
    When I design my ramp I used the factory ramps in the gate I used the biggest mesh you can buy might be over kill but I can load anything I want on the gate Its a spilt gate and I installed springs So its very easy to lift but if the spring breaks and it has before it takes 2 people to lift the gate

    I thought I had a pic of it must be on the Shop computer
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,898

    yeah i hate the expanded metal. that stuff always bends and breaks. i've had my trailer 4 years and it's already broken through on the gate. the angled metal frame bent the first time i drove the mower up the ramp a little bit.

    there's gotta be a better way. i was thinking maybe a solid piece of metal or aluminum or something and then drill holes in it every so often for air flow or something like that.

    they need to come up with something that doesn't break so easily yet is still light weight.

    i have wood on the floors and no problems out of it yet. it will eventually rot out too though. :laugh:

    i have this type of ramp now:


    i'm thinking of switching to something like this setup:

  5. Poopy Shoe

    Poopy Shoe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    It's heavy, about a hundred pounds per side. BUT, there are three torsion springs at the top of each one. I can lift the entire thing up or down by grabbing the upper handle you see in the first picture I posted with one hand. It's easier (better control) if I use both handles. My wife (Mrs. Poopy Shoe) can handle them and she only weighs about 120 lbs. She usually gets to the back of the truck and has it down before I can get there.

  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,898

    that stuff looks really good. would like to replace my ramp with that.
  7. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,998

    Is yours angle also? Square tubing holds up pretty well if put on right.

    I added 2 extra pieces of angle to my gate holds up good till I got hit Thurs. lol bent the gate some still functional though.

    New trailer will be wood with square tube gate

    I can get gorilla lifts here for $75 a set Weeze if you need them
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  8. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 940

    With 3 springs if one breaks it might not kill you. Seriously.
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I found a pic of it That shows the design

    The factory ramps was used on the sides to handle weight like the tractor or my Skid

  10. acresofgreen

    acresofgreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    I'm here you on the mesh. It always pops loose and bends more than I care for. I think I'll be getting some safety treads.

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