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Jungle Jim Trimmer Rack - RANT

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JonLawn, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. JonLawn

    JonLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    Last Fall I bought a single Jungle Jim trimmer rack for my trailer. It attached and held the trimmer well. I liked the design. I thought the construction was a bit light and the welds were not very good, almost tack welds.

    This spring after a couple of months I saw the welds holding the rack to the base breaking. I brought it to a welder and he re-welded all around the racks, commented on the weak construction and said the new welds would hold. Great.

    Then just last week I noticed new cracks, now through the base that hold the rack to the trailer. With a few wiggles the entire base cracked and the rack came right off of the trailer. At least I wasn't on the highway going 60mph and my trimmer goes through someone's windshield!

    I contacted Jungle Jim with this information - they have a 2 year warranty and I only had this for 6 months. They said that because I had a weld put on the rack the warranty was void!

    This is no way to treat a customer in this business. I suggest steering clear of Jungle Jim.

    CrackedJungleJim.jpg

    BrokenJungleJim.jpg
     
  2. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Posts: 200

    Should have had the welder build your trimmer racks in the first place...fabricators are not cheap but most of the time you only have to pay them once and it is a life time product..
     
  3. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 40,764

    Jungle Jim's racks are junk, had one for a year before 2 of the 3 spots broke apart. Xtreme trimmer racks are the way to go.
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  4. AMC32

    AMC32 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Lincolnton, NC
    Posts: 1,478

    I ordered a set of the xtreme trimmer racks yesterday. Should be here Tuesday they look to be really strong and durable
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  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 3,793

    Why so they could have welded thumbs and bounce and bend the shafts?

    To op these are the best
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=178680
     
  6. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,285

    I have a set of JJ's on my backup trailer because I got them cheap, I have trimmer traps for everything else. I'm very pleased with them, never had a lost or broken unit.
     
  7. RollTide

    RollTide LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Southertide, Do the blocks add much weight to the trimmer or edger? Those racks look like a good idea.
     
  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 3,793

    Lightweight Aluminum blocks the frames are made of Galvanize we used Galvanize to make playground equipment (all playground equip. is galvanize) at one of my old welding jobs, it is a lot more durable than that tin can metal used on JJ racks
     
  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,998

    The bottom plate in the OPs pic should be bolted to the floor of the trailer and the uprights should have been spot welded or bolted to the side rails. I don't care what kind of racks you purchase, they need support in at least two spots. Those racks would most likely still be in use if they were installed properly.
     
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,646

    You are 100% correct. Those are not designed to be mounted only at the bottom like that. Improper mounting is a major cause of that failure.


     

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