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Help with my trailer size !

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kenwin30, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. kenwin30

    kenwin30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    me and a buddy are going to start mowing a few yards this summer, i have a 44 lazer hp and he has a 48" lazer, probably 80% of the time we will just pull one ztr, so i say the 5 x 14 single axle will do us fine, do you guys see any need in getting a double axle ?
     
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,811

    If you in for the long run yes get dual axle 14' 16' waving:
     
  3. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 899

    Reccomend 6 footer to when u go to buy a 60 you will be glad u did. Bought a 5x12 my first year and had couple good chances to pick up a 60 but didn't want to buy a bigger trailer at the same time.
     
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,331

    Just go ahead and get a 7x16 tandem axle. There's no such thing as too big of a trailer lol.
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  5. kenwin30

    kenwin30 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    is the single axle trailer, say a 5 x 14, enough trailer to handle the weight of 2 small ztr's ? only be using 2 ztr's just once and awhile
     
  6. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 899

    Most singles are 3500lb axels so I would say you would be ok most ztrs prly around 1000lbs wouldn't want to do it every day but its do able.
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  7. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,741

    The usual advice is to go bigger than you think you will need, and I tend to agree. You can probably get by fine with a 14, but a 16 will carry you well into the future.
     
  8. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I'm going into my 7th season and I still only need a 6x14 single axle. The go big is true only if you KNOW you'll grow to needing the extra space. If you start out with a dual axle right away, you'll burn most of your profit in fuel. Chances are, you won't have enough accounts to justify a large trailer. I say for sure go 6ft wide and 12ft-14ft long with a single axle. The floor space on either size will be more then enough to accommodate your needs. In a few years when you grow, sell the old trailer and get a larger.

    All this get the biggest trailer out there reminds me of a few guys I see driving down the road with a 10 ton rated trailer (yes, 10 ton) being pulled by a dually truck with a ztr on it. A 6x12 a a Ford Ranger could do the same thing for probably half the cost. So go a head and buy that huge 7x20 trailer to pull that 44" mower around to what might only be a handful of accounts.
     
  9. Leland Lawn

    Leland Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    Going with a 6 foot wide minimum is a must!
    I just ordered a 7x14 single axle last week for this coming mowing season. I have a tandem 7x18 as well, and that's about the right size to have two axles when hauling mowers. Smaller then that and you'll be able to watch your tires scrub off when you're in neighborhoods and around town!
     
  10. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    We have a 84" x 14' single and a 84" x 18' dual with side ramp. We comfortably ran a 48" w/b and 52" Z on the 14' before we sold the z--it is nice to get three machines on the 18'. I like the dual axle better because it rides better over the road with less bouncing and wear on the equipment--that 14' can do some dancing
     

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