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Need trailer ideas.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerman90, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491

    I'd like to get a new trailer. I work solo. I started out 14 years ago with a 5x10, graduated to a 6x12, then got a 6 1/2 x16. For the type of work I do, hauling 1 ZTR and when doing landscape work no more than 4 yrds of mulch, I believe that a 6x12 is the perfect size for me. Being in this business for a while I've seen all sorts of trailers and designs. What I really want is an "all aluminum" trailer with an alum diamondplate floor but I can't find a dealer in my area (central FL). What I'm planning on doing is having a custom trailer built to my specs with a steel 2x3 frame for strength. Then topping that with a diamondplate deck and 1" sq tube railings aprox 12" high. I feel that this would give me the best of both worlds. Steel frame for strength, the alum deck to save weight and lonegevity. Has anyone done anything like this? Any ideas from any of you? Does anyone (here in FL) know of a dealer that sells "all aluminum trailers"?
  2. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    You can buy that al. tread plate in 4x8 sheets but its HIGH!I can get you a price on what we pay for it,and 1" tubing.I work for wrecker co,we build them.
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491


    You don't have to tell me. I KNOW it's high. I priced some yesterday at a metal supply depot and was quoated over $400 for two sheets 3x12. I about fell over. I also know that if I find a dealer that sells all aluminum it will probably be over $2500 for a 6x12. Hey, we mow lawns for a living, right! We gotta spend it on something. That's why we make the big bucks! (not!)
  4. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 378

    Just curious. Why do you want diamond plate on the floor? I think it would be slicker than snot on a ducks butt it it got wet.
  5. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    does anyone know where to get designs on trailer attachments I want a water jug holder blower and trimmer holders and anything else to keep my equipment from rolling around in the back of my trucks and so I can lock them up so nothing else will get stolen
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491


    Actually, it's no more slick than a wood deck. So they tell me. (???) I guess I'll find out. If it is too slick I'll paint the area that the mower sits with a rubberized paint that they sell to line truck beds with.
  7. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    Is there any reason you don't want to go with an enclosed trailer? They seem to be the real hot setup these days. Theres a company around here that makes aluminum trailers...open & enclosed.

  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    4 X 8 aluminum tread plate runs about $150 around here.

  9. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491


    I unload all my equipment every night and store it in my garage. I like working from an open trailer. And last but not least, it's a lot easier to haul bulk mulch in. (LOL)
  10. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,093

    I haul the same things you do and my 6x12' open wood plank trailer works find. Dont waste your money on fancey items you dont need. To replace my floor would cost less than $70.00.

    My opinion, as I see no real advantage to what your trying to make.

    I dont think the aluminum is going to be much lighter- if any than the wood planks.


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