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Got a new trailer, need some ideas

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Agape, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    picked up a trailer yesterday and need some ideas, specifically, has anyone come up with a good restraint system for an 80# lesco spreader?

    Also, I have trimmer trap solo BP sprayer racks but it takes too long to hook and unhook them in/out IMO. I had built basic trays that they sit on, which was perfect, and had a bungee holding it in so it made it easy, but the bungees were too weak for full sprayers......anyways, I'm rambling.

    If anyone has some cool ideas, that would be awsome!:waving:

    P.S.- the trailer is 5'8" X 11' (not the 6x12 or 7x14 I wanted to find, but the local trailer sales places had reeeealy cheap quality)


  2. Quality Cuts PLS

    Quality Cuts PLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    Jungle Jim's has one I believe.
  3. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 624

    6 lug axle? That's usually a 5200lb axle. Gates look a little weak but it should get the job done.
  4. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    What I did for my lesco spreader is pretty simple. I have a spreader caddy that goes into my trailer hitch and holds the spreader securely. For my trailer I got one of those bolt on 2" receiver hitches, I got it from walmart I think for like $30. Its just a small trailer hitch frame maybe 8" x 8" and made to bolt directly to the bumper. I mounted this to my trailer floor and slide the spreader caddy into it.

    Watch out for the spreader caddies online, they sell on sites for $100+, but Lesco/JohnDeereLandscapes has or can get the identical one for $80.

    The hitch is simular to this one I just found


    Here is a previous thread about the Lesco Spreader Caddy

  5. Quality Cuts PLS

    Quality Cuts PLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 249

    It is called the Jungle Boot. I have one for my 21 and it works well. Never got around to getting one for my Lesco spreader.
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    ive seen those jungle boots and other wheel locking devices cause damage to spreaders. the just hold it by a wheel, there is nothing preventing the spreader from flipping forward if the brakes are hit hard, especially if filled with fert and top heavy
  7. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    That's perfect, I can make one and mount it on my trailer rail, thank you.
  8. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    Actually, come to think of it...I'm gonna just duplicate the small "U" shaped piece that holds the back stand/bar and double it-mounted to the floor, and I'll put a small lip on the front rail to put the edge of the wheels under to keep it from flipping backwards- then I don't have to lift the spreader.
  9. luis@NJ

    luis@NJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    build a basket in the front to hold everything.
  10. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    .....but I have the trailer to hold everything lol. seriously though I haven't decided where to put the basket, I built a large tray on my old trailer that I can park the mowers under and put my gas cans and odds-n-ends on but the side ramp messes that up, and I built a tray on thefront as well but the front of the new trailer is kinda short (I like the abillity to jack knife the trailer cause my truck box is high, which is crucial with my long crew cab) and a box on the hitch will block that.

    I may build a raised triangular tray over the front, so I could still load my 42" up the side and under, but my priority is to put expanded metal on the sides so I can keep anything in it. I may raise the side walls if I can make it look "non-tacky":cool: I like it purdy!

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