Skidsteer Trailer Help.......

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SouthernYankee, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 789

    Heres the deal,

    I have a bobcat 751 that weighs 4,800 lbs and I need a new trailer.Here are my options.

    1. 14ft trailer that has a payload capacity of 5,500 lbs

    2.14ft. trailer that has a payload capacity of 8,000lbs

    I do not plan on getting a new, heavier machine anytime soon, so I was wondering if the 5500 trailer is plenty for my application?I would be the only one using my rig, so it will not be beat on. Also I dont use attachments, only the bucket or sometimes a rake.
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    I would go with a 10,000lb or 12,000lb gvw trailer you can never have enough carrying capacity. Even thou you are not carrying the full trailers capacity you have enough reserve left in braking power and axle capacity etc.

    You may not figure you will be buying a bigger machine right away but who knows you may get some jobs where you do need a bigger machine.

    If you spend a little extra now you will save later when it comes to repairing that lighter trailer you shouldn't have bought.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Bigger is better. A oversized trailer will have as stated more braking power with less wear and tear to it.
  4. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    Always buy bigger. If you don't, you will regret it.
    I'm buying a skid steer in the spring. I'm getting a 20ft 14k gvw trailer.
    Once i get my 33kgvw truck, i'll buy a 20 ton trailer.

  5. rick2752

    rick2752 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 161

    Definitely bigger!! You may not be getting a new machine soon but have you thought of buying different attachments for it? An auger or trencher, maybe a broom? You will need more room and payload to haul another attachment.
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Its only a 4800 pound bobcat. With that you could even settle for 5000lbs rated trailer. Its not like you put more than the specified weight on it that it will fall apart thats not gonna happen.
  7. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    I would get an 8 K trailer. I trailer in the 10K plus range will beat the crap out of your gear due to springs that are not being worked as they should be.

    I have seen this with guys that have 4K of mowers on a trailer with 2 5K axles. If they don"t tie the mowers doen, they will jump all over the place.
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I would opt for the bigger payload. What is the price difference?
  9. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    I'd go with the trailer that can haul more, you never know when you'll need to haul something heavier on the trailer.
  10. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Good point. I'd still go with the higher capacity trailer though. There's no substitute for responsibly tying down equipment.

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