Help me decide on another tandem axle trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Dirty Water, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm looking for a 10,000+ GVW trailer to pull 4 ton excavator and some buckets:

    What do you think of these three:

    http://www.trucktraderonline.com/caddetail.html?/ad-cache/4/0/3/85070203.htm

    This Iron Eagle is the cheapest, and I really don't like the flip up jack, but the self storing ramps is pretty nice.

    http://adcache.trucktraderonline.com/4/8/0/85063880.htm

    This BigTex appears to be the nicest of the bunch, but its also the most expensive. I really like the tilt deck. Though its only a 16'.

    I've heard mixed opinions about Big Tex.

    http://adcache.trucktraderonline.com/4/3/7/83923637.htm

    Iv'e never heard of Kearney, but it appears to be a really solid trailer. I like the pintle hitch option, and the price seems great for what you get. Its also a few feet longer than the others.

    So, for you guys who have bought lots of trailers, am I close to good products? Are these guys a waste of money?
     
  2. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Jon, I'm going to be in the same boat as you in the next year or so but if I were buying right now I think I'd go the the Big Tex but I'd see if I could be the same model only with a pintle ring. The last trailer looks like it could be used as a regular mower hauler with the installation of a ramp gate. Good luck.

    Rob
     
  3. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think that 10k is a little small for what your doing. go 12k or more but....cdl?
     
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    cdl is not a problem.
     
  5. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i like the tilt trailer myself,but as you say its more pricey.what truck are you looking to tow this with?

    other than the mini what buckets are you looking at?,24'' and a ditching i would flip one bucket into the other during transport.
     
  6. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd vote for the bigtex although not necessarly that model.

    You can get a standard equipment trailer from them for about $3200.

    (10k gvw, 16ft, 2ft beavertail, brakes on both axles, heavy duty ramps. etc)

    I have that trailer and I talked my local dealer down to $2900 from $3200 about 6 months ago.

    Good luck.
     
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know about everyone else, but I would try to avoid a wood deck as much as possible just because there is a lot more involved mantaining it. I would look for a steel deck IMO, but it weighs more and costs more. Saves you the hassle in the end.
     
  8. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Jazak, what exactly is the difference between a small tag trailer, and the ones I was looking at?
     
  10. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    Those sit lower to the ground and aren't made out of the same steel, tires, ext.
     

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