Open trailer versus enclosed

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GreenHor7, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. GreenHor7

    GreenHor7 LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering if you guys recommend to use open trailers or enclosed trailers when it comes to lawn treatments. I can see the benefits of each but i was wondering what everyone suggests and what everyone uses right now. I do not want to buy a seperate truck yet for this, so i am looking at a more economical method but yet efficient.
     
  2. fertguy2008

    fertguy2008 LawnSite Member
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    If you go enclosed and usind a large spray tank, be sure to use as much stainless steel or painted metal as you can. Ask a trugreen chemlawn long time veteran about corosion in some of their older enclosed trucks.
     
  3. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Here is what I plan on picking up in the next few weeks to haul my sprayer.

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  4. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    There's no comparison at all - an enclosed trailer is the only good way to go. It's a shed on wheels. It keeps material and equipment dry, secure and protected. It's also a rolling billboard for your business and makes you look far more professional. The only reason to use an open trailer is it's cheap and that's not a good reason at all. It's a good idea to have the inside sprayed with Rhino liner or similar to prevent water and fert from eating into the wood.
     
  5. n-green

    n-green LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    I use a small open open trailer (cheap) to haul my Magnum and a push spreader. I have a 50 gallon nurse tank in the bed of my truck for PG and hand cans. I put it in my garage every night. If you can't lock it up, get an enclosed. Hey sclawndr, how big of a spray unit do you have in your trailer?
     
  6. GreenHor7

    GreenHor7 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    It is strictly for a z-spray with a nurse tank to fill the unit. I might also keep a couple of backpacks and push spreader in it. I like the whole idea of a rolling billboard that is why i am leaning more to a enclosed trailer.
     
  7. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,744

    I run an enclosed b/c it keeps all my equipment dry and out of sight. I got a 16 foot so I can put my z and 2 pg's in it for my larger jobs. It is also nice after a late day to not have to unload everything.
     
  8. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    I run a Magnum and don't need a lot of water. My nurses tank (65 gallons) is in the bed of the truck but this year I may move it into the trailer.
     
  9. wrivers

    wrivers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    People can and will steal anything they can out of an open trailer. Even stuff you never thought could get stolen. If you get an open trailer to save a few bucks, some scumbag will make you regret it soon enough.
     
  10. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 832

    Anyone have any pictures of the inside of their enclosed trailers set up for applications?
     

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