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trailer dolley

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mattydjakd, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. mattydjakd

    mattydjakd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I was just wondering if any of you have those trailer dollies (spelling) that are advertised in magazines such as northern. They have two pneumatic wheels, and a ball mounted onto a long handle that allows you to maneuver around a heavy trailer quite easily. I was wondering how they worked on uneven ground and if they were worth the dough.
  2. Robert F

    Robert F LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I bought one at Harbor Freight just last week. It's been easier to use then the wheel mounted on the trailer itself. I have to back the trailer in behind my garage and the truck can't do it. So I can say I'm pretty happy with it!
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    How big of trailer is it? I pull a 16ft tandem axle trailer and thought one of the jacks with the wheel on it would allow me to manuver it easily. Wrong......and the thing collasped after a couple tries.
  4. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    Ours doesnt work easy with our smallest trailer even empty 20' enclosed. We use our skid loader to move our trailers. The dolley doesnt work unless it a 10-12' trailer on level ground
  5. greendave

    greendave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    If the trailer is balanced properly, and it is a single axle trailer, you'll do fine. When you try to use one of those to turn a double axle trailer, you're fighting the friction of trying to skid one of the axle set's tires in the ground, and that's no easy task! Then you're back to using a motorized means of maneuvering the trailer......
  6. wissel_landscaping

    wissel_landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 262

    as long as you have the heavy duty dolly, I use to move my 16' tandem axle
    with 2 walkers and a scag 52" w/b me and another guy could move it no problem.
  7. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Got mine off Ebay but it's the same as the Harbor Freight models. It works ok but, When I move my 12' single axle, I end up lifting the whole thing (dollie and trailer tongue) off the ground. Just like picking it up by hand. When I use it on my 16' tandem axle, I really have to put some effort into it. In fact I suggest it would be safer to have two people move one this size or larger. I haven't moved the 16' with more than my empty leaf box and loader on it so I don't know how it would be with a lot of weight on the trailer.

  8. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    I have one it cost me about $100 it fine for moving my 6x12 even on grass if you are pulling it but I would never try to move my 16 foot with it.
  9. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    I got one been used once got a flat make a offer.
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    my trailer dealer has one. he moves around every kind of trailer on a gravel lot. he moved mine with all my equipment into his shop when i was having brake problems. he's not a real big guy either. my trailer is 7x18. as long as you have a heavy duty one i think it will work

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