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Dove tail trailer for hauling mower

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawnstyler, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. lawnstyler

    lawnstyler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I am about to purchase a new trailer to haul my 52in WB and am wondering if a dove tail trailer has any benefits or issues over a normal trailer. I am mulching and mowing out of the trailer and need some advice ASAP. Thanks
  2. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    I have a 18 ft trailer with a dove tail. Love it. Makes loading very nice, the angle on the gate is minimal. Eliminates deck scraping on and off. Its actually a skidloader trailer I had built with a gate and side rails. It has 12k axles. Never have problems with shackles and stuff like that. Hauling mowers is nothing for this trailer. The only thing that sucks is with a dovetail you lose two feet of FLAT deck space.
  3. lawnstyler

    lawnstyler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Can you store your mower on the slant at the back of the trailer?
    I am looking at a 6x12 or 6x14 single axle and dont want to lose any benefits by getting the dovetail.....you know?
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I don't have a dovetail trailer but I have seen people who do and they will use the dovetail when they have stuff on the trailer. Sure, you can put the front wheels of a mower on the dovetail while transporting, theres nothing wrong with that. I obviously wouldn't suggest storing a 21" mower sideways.

    I'd love to have a dovetail, nicer loading angle.
  5. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    I have two lasers on mine, the back one, the bags for the ultra vac hang over the dovetail.
  6. 1984buzzard

    1984buzzard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    used to pull a 10 or 12 foot single axle dove tail at my last job. If you pulled out of a parking lot with an incline the back would drag. so backing up some customers' driveways was not possible :cry:
  7. lawnstyler

    lawnstyler LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Thanks for passing that info along....very helpful
  8. Imow4u2

    Imow4u2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    I bought a 20ft. car hauler and put a gate on the back, added some 2x8 treated side boards.. Like mentioned above, good loading angle and I can knock the gate off in 5 min to haul a skid or compact tractor..

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