Gate or Tilt ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JTF40, May 29, 2006.

  1. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am selling my 6 X 10 tilt trailer because it is not long enough for me.
    My question to everyone is do you prefer a tilt or a gate? Here in Tn. the price for a 6 X 12 tilt A-frame is $700.00 and $825.00 for the same size with a mesh gate. Which do you all like - why and why not? Thanks......:usflag:
     
  2. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you're only hauling one piece of equipment then the tilt deck is very nice. If you're hauling 2 or more pieces then you will want the ramp.
     
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I agree, Ive had both and I think the gate is definately the way to go. Im kinda curious as to what you carry on the trailer now that a 10 foot is too small and that you dont have problems unloading, sounds as though you carry more than 1 mower

    wayne
     
  4. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The equipment in my signature is what I carry - not much compared to many other people. The problem I had with my 6x10 is the engine on my ZD sat "just" behind the axle. It didn't pull well. The 6x12's that I looked at had about 24" greater distance between the axle and the tongue. Therefore the 1500 lbs. is in front of the axle. NOW what do ya'll think?:confused: :usflag:
     
  5. Cahsking

    Cahsking LawnSite Member
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    GATE! More versitility...
     
  6. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    In what ways?
     
  7. Cahsking

    Cahsking LawnSite Member
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    Sorry didn't see what you were working with...For what you have go with the tilt. When buying a new trailer I tend to think of where I will be in the next two years. What else I may be hauling, or doing. I do landscaping also, so a gate makes it easier for me to load and unload, and allows me to carry a multi array of items. Not that a tilt wouldn't't but its hard to load a edger, and tiller on a trailer with gravel and dirt, without losing something.
     
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    I understand more now :hammerhead: I would still go with the gate, You may want to add a walkbehind some time, the 12 foot trailer would handle that combo ok.IF you would want to re-sell the trailer to get even larger, I think more people would be interested in a gated 12 footer verses a tilt, just my 2 cents worth.All most forgot also, the gate would also act as a barrier to keep anything from falling or bouncing off the back of the trailer

    wayne
     
  9. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As stated above, when just hauling one mower, the tilt deck is great. Anything more than that and a gate is the only way to go.
     
  10. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    All right, Here it goes. I went to get the 6x12 w/gate today for $825.00 + 9.5% sales tax :hammerhead: . When I got there, he had just received a 7x12 w/gate from a customer who had bought it the day before but did not like it :clapping: . I ate it up for $795.00 cash - OUT THE DOOR!!!!!! Today is MY day I guess. I appreciate everyone "enlightening" my blindness on this topic.

    By the way, don't beat-up our sales tax rate - Tennessee has NO state income tax......:weightlifter:
     

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