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Single or Double Axle.....

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bill1500, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. bill1500

    bill1500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    I'm looking at trailers but came to a fork in the road. Do I want a single axle or tandem axle? My thinking is I can haul more with a tandem, and it wouldn't bounce as much (roads here suck!) What say you guys with tandem? how do you like them? The size trailer I'm looking at is 7'x14' so I can grow into it. Thanks
  2. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    lots of threads on this topic give a search. that being said you will get 2 answers on this some guys like the single some guys like the tandem. I like the tandems thats what my trailers are and always will be. if you figure the weight of everything trailer = >1,000 ztr = about 1,500 when full of fluids, thats 2,500 add 600 for a walk behind now at 3,000 only leaves 500lbs for everything else. the tandem opens you up to so much more potential work hauling. also having brakes on the trailer saves the brakes on your truck.
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    I thought I was going to happy with the single... wrong. The trailer is basically at the limits of the axle everyday I pull out onto the road. Plus Im not too happy with my 14ft of room. Wish I got a 16 or larger
  4. bill1500

    bill1500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    What I'm thinking is it would be great for mulch, dirt, etc. Since I use a 1/2 ton truck, being able to use the trailer for many different purposes would be great. Thanks for the help.
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Tandem axle. Far more versatile.
  6. Kurt6845

    Kurt6845 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Spend the money, buy at tandem with brakes and go with a 16' instead of 14'. It will not cost much more for the 2 more feet, and you will be happy you did later as your business grows. I bought a 16 this year and wish I would have gone 18. I also recommend putting a side gate as well as a rear gate on it. Prevents having to unload everything to get to the mower in the front....
  7. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    You say your roads are not the best. If you get a single axle trailer and get a flat you are dead in the water. If for not other reason, at least a double lets you limp to a safe place so you can change the flat
  8. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,021

    Get a 16ft or bigger double axle. After your hauling around 2 big ZTRs and a walk behind/stander plus other misc. stuff you will be glad you did.
  9. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    Go tandem. I own (4) tandem trailers, 8x16x6, 7x18x3, 6x22x2, 5x12x3 & (2) single axle 5x12x7 & 6x12x1.

    The 7x18 is all steel & sits empty at 2600 lbs. Mainly use it for heavier debris/sod hauling. Its a hard gas guzzler though. My favor is the single 5x12, its gets used more than the others combined. The 5x12 is for hauling rock, its more of a heavier duty trailer. The 6x22 is for big tree limb jobs...bought it out of state while traveling-saw it on Craigslist for $850. To sweet to pass up :)

    Check your local Craigslist for the best deal. Buying "used" will save you some big bucks. Bought the steel 7x18 on CL three yrs ago. It was 7x18x6, I cut the sides down. Guy wanted $2200. Then later $1800, Then one day, It was $1200 & I swooped in and bought it.
  10. jequigle

    jequigle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    If you get the 14' like few others said your going to wish you got the 16' trailer. I am in the same boat, I bought a 16' and wish I had gone to 18' or 20'.

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