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New business questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JarrodsDad, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. JarrodsDad

    JarrodsDad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Planning out the new LC business and wondering what size trailer to start off with.

    I will be carrying a lawn aerator, power rake, a couple of push mowers, a lawn vacum, timmer, backpack blower, fuel cans, debris bins, tool box. I will also have to haul whatever bags of leaves or cuttings/debris that will not fit into the back of the 6.5 ft box of my 1/2 ton (Chev c1500 Silverado)

    Here are my questions;

    * Should it have 2', 4' or no sides. Mesh or solid sides?
    * Should I purchase with a double axel or is single sufficient?
    * Is it recommended to have electric brakes?
    * Is having a side and a rear ramp advantageous?
    * What can you do for the winter months with the trailer?

    Any other advice for this rookie is welcomed.:)


    Thanks in advance.

    JarrodsDad
     
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,041

    Hi JarrodsDad,

    Here is a post that may be helpful.

    Trailer size
     
  3. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    Opinions will vary, but I think for now you would be fine with 6.5'by 12' Single axle.
     
  4. capescaper

    capescaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    single axle trailors tow like crap
     
  5. J Hisch

    J Hisch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 952

    They may not tow the best but they serve their purpose. You dont need the best when your just starting out. (no heavy loads) Good way to financial ruin. I guess capescaper you have all double/tandem. you must have deep pockets or run one crew. when starting out or running multiple crews single axles have there place. Again opinions will vary... like I said opinons will vary.......
     
  6. JarrodsDad

    JarrodsDad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    * What can you do for the winter months with the trailer?
     
  7. JarrodsDad

    JarrodsDad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Thanks for all the replies.

    After reading through this great site and seeing the pictures, I have decided on the following features ;

    - 7'X12'
    - Electric brakes.
    - 4' side and 7' rear entrance ramps
    - Wood decking

    BUT I still need advice on whether to go to 2' or 4 foot sides. It would be great to have solid sides on a 2' and 2' mesh on top of that but the manufacturer only makes mesh or solid sides.

    Are there any opinions about 2' or 4' sides?

    I hope you can help.

    JarrodsDad
     

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