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mower in trailer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rainbird, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Rainbird

    Rainbird LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I just upgrade from a push mower to a toro grandstand and enclosed trailer. Should the grandstand be tied down in the trailer for short, low speed drives, about 25mph. Just started last year, and am still learing.
  2. cash2406

    cash2406 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I have an open trailer, but I just push the wheel chalk between the deck and front caster. Seems to work well even on the interstate. Hope it helps.
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  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    My personal feeling is that straps will do very little in a higher speed, serious accident. With that said, I don't think that is an area to slack on.

    I strap my equipment anytime I am going down the road. If I go on the highway for any distance, I make sure to add extra straps. But even just traveling a few minutes down the street (even at 25-35mph) I still strap my equipment down.

    A wheel chalk or parking brake will not stop an 800lb mower should you get in an accident. A 25mph crash can create a great deal of force and when your truck stops dead in its tracks from 25mph, your mower will still be travelling at 25mph and the wall on your enclosed trailer isn't going to do much to stop your mower. "An object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by some outside force".

    In other words, just strap your equipment down all the time. Can be very dangerous to not strap should you get in an accident, whether it be at 25mph or 65mph.
  4. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    A wheel chock will be fine for driving around on city streets but I would definitely strap a mower down for hwy driving. It may take a little extra time but it will pay off big time if you have an accident at hwy speed.
  5. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    I should have added that I would make sure the straps I used were strong enough to hold a zero turn during a crash at a reasonable speed.
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Should it be, yes! Would you get a ticket if a cop saw you without one, yes! Do i sometimes get lazy and not to it cuz it adds time, yes! Has a cop pulled me over yet for no straps, no! In my experience mower wonder on the trailer with no straps if you clipping along. I know if I got in an accident straps would only really help in a side impact, but it you roll over its not going to make a difference. It would take a lot for my mower to slide forward. If i got both mowers in my trailer and it takes up all the space i worry less about it cuz it can move a foot at most. That being said strap up, its safer, but personally I would not bother for a mile or 2.
  7. RiverfrontLawnCare

    RiverfrontLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 5

    Could not agree more. I got pulled over last week and the cop was a dick and gave me a ticket for not having straps on EVERY mower. But that being said, the law is the law.
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Ya i have had cops follow me, pass me, watch me drive by, and everything. No one has said anything yet. Sorry for the mess of typos.
  9. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 407

    I have yet to be or seen anyone in this area of service get pulled over..

    I started slacking and not straping my equipment down last year and lost two new trimmers that I had for one day. This season EVERYTHING is getting secured on the trailer.

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 459

    i have a 20 ft enclosed and my mowers barely move except for my small 21 inch mowers and my walk blowers. i just chalk the wheels on the stuff that moves.

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