How much do smaller trailers weigh?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tinkerer, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a rather old boat trailer which is now a 4x8 flatbed. I will rebuild the flatbed into a 5x8. I hope it can handle my Toro 520xi garden tractor with a 60" deck that weighs 1300 pounds together. I have thought of building or buying a larger under 3000 pounds rated trailer. Does anyone know how much smaller trailers weigh? I am parting out my 2wd 93 F150 and will save the front spindles and hubs for a trailer. I have an 09 Ranger 2wd with 2.3 Mazda 4 cylinder engine, 5 speed manual and the factory 3.73 rear. I am considering swapping in a 4.10 rear axle from a supercab 4 cylinder Ranger to make it better at towing.
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    My old 6X12 utility trailer weighed about 1,000 pounds give or take a few pounds. My current 7.5X16 utility trailer is about 2,000 pounds empty. I'm looking to go back to the smaller trailer to save some money on gas in the truck.

    I did my gas receipts for last year yesterday and I have got to do something about the truck fuel consumption.
     
  3. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It really depends if the trailer was for a aluminum or fiberglass boat. Probably need to know the tire sizes and if the tires are the stock size they will have a rating on them. I am picturing one of the those boat trailers with 12 inch tires. :)
     
  4. Dtkeith

    Dtkeith LawnSite Member
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    My 5x10 landscape style trailer with wood floor, metal sides and gate weights around 750 according to the local mulch yard. Hope this helps!!
     
  5. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
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    The brand new tires and wheels on my little converted boat trailer are 5.80-8. I don't remember how many plies they are or their weight rating. I will have to look at them the next time I go to my shop.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Did a quick google search and a 5.7 x8" tire was rated for 715 lbs. So 1400lbs total, So you will be pushing the limit, but if you have some tongue weight it will reduce the axle weight.
     
  7. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
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    The 5.70-8 tires each are rated for 1070 pounds.
     
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Most trailers are 750 to 1200 pounds, depending on size and matierial etc. Instead of messing with the front spindles from a pickup, you can hae a decent 3500 pound axle from Northern Tools for $269 that includes springs, shackles and hubs. Just add wheels and you're set.

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200317475_200317475

    You can part out the Ford and come away with the money to buy the axle and parts. In the long run it would be better then trying to cobble together a trailer.
     
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    I started reading your first post and thought you might have a trailer with a 3K weight rating but when you mentioned the tire size, I about spit coffee! Why are you even fooling with a Tonka Toy trailer in the first place?

    You've been a member since 04 and you can't scrape the money together to buy a used 6x12 trailer? :hammerhead:
     
  10. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    I did when I read that he wanted to use the parts off a junked out pickup. :dizzy:
     

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