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trailer for mulch

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mikesjumpingin, May 29, 2003.

  1. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    Okay, I want to use my 5 x 10 for mulch.

    So I'll use some plywood.

    Can anyone suggest a plan for a way to do this so I can put the panels in and out easily?

    I've been telling people to have mulch delivered and I will meet them for spreading, but why miss an opportunity to make a few more bucks when I'm the one busting my back?

    Also, does anyone know how many scoops I could hold?

    Thanks, Mike
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    weight is the biggest concern for a 5x10. I believe mulch is around 700# per yard (fairly dry). So do some calculations and figure out how much weight you can hold in your trailer then build the sides. There are 27 cu feet in a yard. so if you'r trailer was 5x10x2 it'd be 100cu feet. which is a little over 3.5 yards when you factor in the shape of the pile when they load you. the weight of 3.5 yards is about 2450# plus the weight of the trailer and any gear, so you should still be able to pull that with your cherokee nicely, assuming its got a 4.0 or 4.0 HO
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    btw, i used my old 4x8 with 2' sides for pulling mulch. it had stake pockets on the side of the trailer, so i just had some pieces of plywood to pull out of the holders when i needed it as a flatbed
  4. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    I'm getting ready to put sides on my 6 x 10 dump trailer. I'm using all 2x4s its cheaper and will be stronger.

    Without sides mine will carry 4 cuyrds.....heaping load.
  5. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    Thanks guys; very helpful info.

    I might try one or two yards without sides first, as far as "heaping load" goes...

    I was thinking about getting two tarps. Is that how you guys do it?

    I like the idea of getting my own loads of mulch, just so I can give my customer a total cost of mulch plus delivery & spreading.

    I hate the hourly thing and I'm now seeing why it's a not a good idea. People confuse hourly business rate with hourly wages.

    Another question -- you guys use your landscape trailers for top soil or gravel, too?


  6. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    I just got a 6X12 and it had 20" sides i just added 2' sides with plywood but used 2X6's in my 2X4 stack pockets .It just gives the plywood more to grab onto for upper support.My trailer with the sides will hold close to 10 yards if icalculated right.
  7. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    Do you mean 2' added to the 20 inches, or 2' total? My 5X14X2 will hold 5 pretty easily, and 6 if heaped.

  8. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    I added 2' to the 20" just to make more use of a 4x8 sheet of plywood only need 2 sheets to do my trailer.
  9. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    What do you mean by stack pockets?

    Is this something that comes with the trailer or is it something I make myself?
  10. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    My cam trailer had 11 of them just put a 2x4 in them or cut a 2x6 down to fite most dump trailers have the stake pockets.

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