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Something to be careful of...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    A friend of mine that also cuts grass recently looked at his 16ft trailers frame and side rails and noticed the vertical support pieces for the side rails on the passenger side in the rear of the trailer were completly cracked!! His trailer is only around 4 years old! We came to believe it happened as a result of constantly loading and unloading heavy mowers, when you run a mower on or off a trailer, you can see the back part sink down pretty much and the part behind the rear wheels has little support. I welded the pieces back together and added some extra bracing. I remember he once thought about adding some sort of drop down pieces that would drop to the ground when loading, but he never did. I am going to start watching my own trailer for this.
     
  2. asps4u

    asps4u LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    If you're handy at welding, you can add support braces to the sides (like you did), and/or weld brackets to the outside of the rear of the trailer and put sliding supports in them. The supports could have "foot pads" on the bottom to keep from sinking in to asphalt on hot days. You would slide them down to ground level and use a heavy duty pin or bolt to hold them in place, that way the rear of the trailer will have support, just like a tongue jack, when the weight of the mowers get to the rear of the trailer. I saw a trailer with a support system like this a few years back and thought it was a good idea. It wouldn't be very hard nor expensive for you as it sounds like you know what to do with a welder. Or for those who don't want the hassle of welding and creating a support system, you could always place jack stands under the rear, which is very easy as well and probably just as fast to do at a job site. Just my .02
     
  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    What brand was the trailer?
     
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    I dont know what make his trailer is? No labels anywhere? But it is heavy duty, the frame is made of 3"x5" angle steel and the top rails are 1/4" thick angle 2"x2". The jackstand idea that slides down to the ground was what he wanted to do but never got around to it, now he just uses WBs so nothing that heavy anymore so he probably wont do it, Well I wont do it, as I do all his welding for him! I am going to keep an eye on that part of my trailer from now on though.
     
  5. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    I have seen new trailers that should not be allowed to go on the road.

    Might just be a cheap built trailer to begin with.
     
  6. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,227

    Manufacturing flaws. Build them cheap and charge high price, that's how lots of things are nowadays.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I have a 16 foot Mid Atlantic and run a 1200 pound Dixie Chopper up and down it all day long. I was under mine yesterday adding a 12 volt source and everything looked fine. I'll look at it a little closer today since I wasn't looking for a problem yesterday.
     
  8. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    .....the frame is made of 3"x5" angle steel.......

    In my opinion...... and we know how those are. If the frame is not channel or box tubing, it's not a quality trailer.

    May be better just fixing this with a new one.
     
  9. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    .....the frame is made of 3"x5" angle steel.......

    In my opinion...... and we know how those are. If the frame is not channel, square or rectangle stock, it's not a quality trailer.

    May be better just fixing this with a new trailer at this point.
     
  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    Richard Martin, How are you adding the 12 volt source? What is the purpose?
     

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