enclosed trailer: value or future regret

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bigB, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. bigB

    bigB LawnSite Member
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    Wanting to start into the lawncare business next season, wondering if anyone had purchased or looked at these trailers available in many areas in the east, some sold through eBay? Would like the thoughts of some of you guys that had purchased trailers in the past and know what to look for... Thanks in advance, and I hope the link works.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-...496259?pt=Motors_Trailers&hash=item2a14608503
     
  2. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    The 2990 # axle seems woefully weak for lawn care business unless you're only hauling a 21" walk behind mower and a couple rakes.
     
  3. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    Sometimes deals that good are just too good to be true
     
  4. bigB

    bigB LawnSite Member
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    I messaged them, empty weight is approx. 1200# which leaves almost 1800# of weight for cargo without going over the weight on the axle...I also wondered if it was to good to be true, or if buying direct could really save some $ which is why I asked...Also for more $ a heavier axle is available if necessary.
     
  5. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    One z mower can be 1700lbs, that barely leaves room for a shovel. Definitely the bigger axel, or check out the dual axel ones
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  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    I didnt like the enclosed period. PITA to tow everywhere. It would be better on a tight route.
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The trailer most likely has a 3500lb axle under it but the manufacter will derate it so they don't have to install brakes. If you buy one get it with brakes and use them, this will get you to the full capacity (3500lbs axle + 350lbs tounge). Now this may sound harsh, but are you sure you want to cut grass for a living, this is alot of work? BTW if you are serious just bypass the cheap trailers and get a well built 16x7, a junk trailer is a good way to stay pissed off.
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  8. bigB

    bigB LawnSite Member
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    I appreciate the responses....I wanted to go enclosed to keep them out of the weather and protected from theft. I definitely don't want a POS, but I also don't want to pay more than necessary for a trailer that has the same features and benefits as one I can get for much less. As far as sounding harsh, believe me I've asked myself over and over if this is something I'm sure I want to do, been debating for years, and I think it is. Its something I actually enjoy doing. Thank you all again for the reponses.
     
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not going to say that there aren't deals out there on trailers, but this one just doesn't appear to be one of those deals. It looks like its cheaply made and just won't last you very long. I would assume that you would start having problems with it during your first year.

    You could spend $2200 on this trailer but end up spending more money on the upkeep of the trailer and making repairs. In the end, I would just purchase an enclosed trailer from a reputable company, you'd spend a little more money up front for this but you wouldn't have to worry about it then. A quality trailer is going to last you longer, stay nicer longer and give you less problems over the years of ownership.

    You don't have to buy a larger trailer if that is not what you need. If you only need a 6x12, then get a 6x12...don't go buying an 18' trailer if you have no use for one that big.
     
  10. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Look at haulmark or pace. You want one with a rounded roof, not a flat roof.
     

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