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PJ trailer spring gate assist.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lazer 46, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 521

    I bought a PJ 6x12 landscape trailer last fall. Great trailer. Built really well. It came with the spring gate assist. When I got the trailer home It didn't seem to have much assist at all. My dealer was so far away that I decided to contact PJ directly to see if they could help. They sent me two brand new springs at no charge. I just installed them yesterday and I see no difference.
    Perhaps I am expecting too much of an assist as far as lifting and dropping the gate. It certainly doesn't lift and drop like some of the add on spring assists do. Anybody else with a PJ trailer I'd like to hear there thoughts.
     
  2. firebox700

    firebox700 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    I will be picking mine up Friday and will let you know what mine is like. I asked my dealer when I ordered mine about the spring assist and he told me that it does help with the weight to make it easier to lift but won't make it feather lite. I asked because I have an EZ Gate lift assist on my old trailer and wanted to know if I needed to take it off the old trailer for the new one.
     
  3. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 521

    I look forward to hearing what you think.
     
  4. BREEZ

    BREEZ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I have a 20 foot long PJ trailer with a spring assist on it. The springs helps a little bit. It is better than my old trailer.
     
  5. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 521

    Ok, so it's not like the one handed lift like elegator,gorilla lift or any of the other after market gate lifts. Mine helps a little bit also. I thought it would be better.
     
  6. BREEZ

    BREEZ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I have had my trailer for 7 months and within the first 2 months I had pulled the expanded metal off of the outer frame. I have a 2006 66 inch Exmark so it is a heavy mower. I am getting some heavier expanded metal to on it.
     
  7. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    I've had my PJ for a year, and the comments like this one are completely accurate! The standard gate lifts help for sure, but do not make the lift as easy as a Gorilla Lift would. I use mine a limited amount so it's not a big deal, but if I was doing 10 to 15 stops a day, 5 days a week, then I would most likely add a Gorilla Lift to make it "feather light." I had a Gorilla Lift on a previous trailer and it makes such a big difference it's hard to believe how light the gate feels.
     
  8. firebox700

    firebox700 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Picked up my PJ trailer yesterday. The gate assist does help quite a bit compared to my old trailer that had none originally. But it doesn't make it weightless like my EZ lift gate assist that I added to my old trailer did. Hope this helps.
     
  9. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 521

    So it's not just me. Thanks for the response. I'm going to add a gator gate assist for $85. Looks like a good unit and priced right.
     
  10. basic lawn

    basic lawn LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 50

    I have the heaviest gate in the market: 100 lbs easily
    I use heavy duty anchor bolt drilled into my trailer side as anchor. This anchor is connected to two springs from garage door openers set in parallel. The Springs are then then attached via a 3/8" wire to a pulley at end of trailer, so that wire can be redirected to the top of the gate. I make sure that I change wire often so to avoid accidents. Been thinking of taking a pic over 3 years, so sorry. Total cost under $90 with new parts. No welding involved. Under one hour.

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    anchor ---> spring 1+2----->pulley---->gate "
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013

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