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Trailer gate assist

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tomofficial, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. tomofficial

    tomofficial LawnSite Member
    from East Tn
    Posts: 16

    I have a 12 foot open trailer with heavy duty gate, looking for feedback on which is the best assist mfg to lighten the load on opening and closing the gate, Thanks!:usflag:
  2. HARRIS Property Management

    HARRIS Property Management LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I have a landscape truck with a 16 ft bed and a heavy duty tailgate. Last winter I installed a hydraulic ram that has a 'gravity' down and 'power' up. The switch is installed close to the tailgate. Me or my guys have never had a back ache since! Was about a $500 project and well worth the money.
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    we have tried many, and the type that are enclosed with rollers and braided cable all, i repeat all broke cables all the time. not worth it. now we have some elegators and they may be ugly and are big springs, but dude, they seriously work very well
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    So you have a separate hydraulic system for one trailer gate? I thought about trying an electric ram, or linear actuator, but was unsure how fast it would operate. I would hate to spend all that money building it and having to wait forever for it to raise and lower every time! I use the Eric Elm gate assist, which is not the safest, but it works great! Ive often wondered if those cylinders that open hatchbacks and engine hoods would work? pneumatic cylinders, They are not that pricey and some of them can handle alot of weight! But I think it would be hard to determine the exact size and weight rating you would need, and the placement would have to be exact to get the maximum benefit, but they could be mounted on the underside of the gate instead of taking up rail space too. I may look into this a little more? Anyone have this type of set up?
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2010
  5. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    I have the gorrilla gate lifts. Knock on wood that I don't have the same luck as grassman177. Have only had it for one year.
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    I have a Racke 'Em Manufacturing Double Barrel lift. It is like a big bike chain and then a normal chain at the end. I hope it holds up. Been having it for a few months now. Well worth the $$$. I think they are having sell right now too, for like 139.00 shipped to your door.
  7. HARRIS Property Management

    HARRIS Property Management LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I went to a hydraulic repair shop and bought a ram and pump from him. The pump and tank is all together and isnt really that big. Mounted under the bed. Its not slow raising up or down...it all depends on the size of the hoses you use to allow how much fluid to flow. I had to build my own mounting brackets but if anyone has a grinder and welder then you dont have a problem. Its the stuff...especially when you dont have to open and close a gate 15 to 20 times a day.
  8. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,460

    Just lift the gate up p!@#$%^. You sit on a mower all day or walk behind, doesn't matter, dont ya. Jesus i cant stand the laziness with you people. Unbelieveable! You guys should be ashamed of your laziness.
  9. HARRIS Property Management

    HARRIS Property Management LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    My gate weighs almost 300 pounds. Its 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall when unfolded so come lift my gate all day 'Mr Macho Man'.
  10. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    I don't think he is ever used a gate assist. Once you use one there is no going back.

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