Don't be Ripped off again!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawntime Mowers, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Man...I am just sick of the crap. I hear about people being ripped off almost every day.
    So I'm going to show & tell you guys how to do it with a little effort and little money.
    I have several devices on trailer and truck in order to make sure they remain mine. I'm going to keep adding photos and tips to this thread so keep checking back. Also feel free to add any ideas that could help us all keep our equipment.

    Idea #1 that works the best for me.
    All you need in and anchor, auger, cement and lock.

    Cost me around $65.00

    Rent auger $25.00 - $30.00
    Anchor parts $10.00 - $20.00
    Cement $10.00 - $15.00
    Lock $20.00 - $30.00
    Estimated cost $65.00 - $95.00

    Photos should show close-up's of all the parts I used but I try to explain exactly what was used.

    Anchor:
    1-1/8" tractor pin
    1/4" grade (8) bolt with nut
    3/16 steel cable with crimp
    5/16 X 8" steel plate

    Auger:
    8" x 3'

    Cement:
    2 bags ready mix - just add water etc.

    Lock:
    5/8 x 6' Brinks maximum security flexible steel cable/lock
     
  2. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Here's the anchor and all the parts.

    anchor05.jpg
     
  3. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Rent an auger for less than $30.00
    I used a one man auger with a 8" bit and drilled down 3 feet in less than 10 min.
    Just no big deal.

    hole.jpg
     
  4. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Poor cement in hole and leave room at the top to cover with dirt.
    place anchor in cement like photo

    cementhole.jpg
     
  5. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    loop lock through anchor.
    cover with dirt.
    park trailer over lock and loop through axle.

    lockhole.jpg
     
  6. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    Thieves will not be looking for this when they try to take your trailer.
    They will cut off the other locks that they can see, hook-up and try to leave.

    One of two things will happen. The trailer axle will break at the leaf springs or the hitch on truck will break.

    After they do a major burn-out in your drive and tell the entire world they are trying to steal your trailer they will unhook and leave.
    They are not going to then crawl under trailer and try to cut through a 5/8 steel cable after making so much noise.
     
  7. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Posts: 219

    You can also do this same thing in a paved driveway.
    The only other item you need to rent is a concrete saw.
    Cut a hole in concrete.
    Remove down to dirt.
    Do all of the above but fill all the way to top with cement instead of covering with dirt.
    Smooth out just the way it was.
     
  8. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    Go LawnTime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My plan is to get my equip out of the weather and into the shop, in an enclosed fence with barbed top, wired with cameras.

    Then if someone comes in, I will know who, go and hunt them down at 2 am and have fun tearing them limb from limb, then laying stripes on them.

    Call me crazy.

    Tim
     
  9. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    The only thing I can think of that might cause problems with the anchor in the concrete drive is hitting them when plowing snow.

    Tim
     
  10. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    Looks neat ..... I'm lazy thou n just have 2 pitt bull that like to sleep under the truck or trailer
     

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