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trailer gate lift assist

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    To get the eXmark safely onto the trailer, I had to extend the gat making it significantly heavier. Does anyone know how I may be able to bulid a gate lift assist cheaply. THANKS! :cool2: Also, if you don't know how to do this, could you provide some liks to some manufacturers of the product so I can get some idea on what one costs new.
  2. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    thats where i got both of mine. good luck kid and thanx for your replies.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    Thank you.They look like they will work great. If you don't mind me asking, about how much did they run you. I will need the double sided setup. I can build them very easily but want to know if it is just worth it to buy them. Thanks!
  4. outsourced

    outsourced LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Garage door springs. Cheap and easy.
  5. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,004

    not sure on price. 2 trailers already had them when I acquired Lawnmaster company. trailers both have heavy tractor ramps welded on gates. probably one finger lift. you can push them down while on the trailer. they go down slow. dont forget to put the pin in the gate after raising it. if you do forget the pin you get above 40 on the hwy and the gate will drop. people quit tailgating you when they see a trailer gate almost fall on their hood.

    if you need more advice on mow biz or anything else. email me at brianslawn@yahoo.com. might be a few days before i get back with you, but i'll help.
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    $35 for all the parts, 2 hours and you can make one yourself.
  7. walker-talker

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

    Here a link to a thread I started a couple years ago, with pictures. http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=34017&highlight=gate+assist
    I got the square 2" square tubing at a local surplus store. The rest of the hardware came from Home Depot. I built two of them for around $60-$75. I went with 160lb garage door springs, but I would recommend the 175lb springs. Not sure if HD has them though because something tells me that I went with the heaviest ones thay had. I think I orginally started with 140lb, but not near strong enough. Since those pictures were taken I a have modified the pulley system. The old style was eating the cables and wearing the pulleys fast. Make sure you check those cables frequently. Should one of them snap and hit you, it could mean death.

    I would love to see some pics of your trailer gate extension. I will probably do something like that in the winter. I have a hard time loading my overseeder and other smaller, less powered equipment.

  8. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Ballard Easy Gates on Front and Side Gates...Homemade Junk is For Scrubs.

  9. outsourced

    outsourced LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Sad that since you lack the talent to build things you feel the need to lash out the people who take the time thought and effort to save some money that might be better spent on say............my daughters college.


    Guess I'm a scrub.
  10. green-go

    green-go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    Go away, internet troll.

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