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Trailer inadequate?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Woodward, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. Woodward

    Woodward LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Has anyone had bad experiences with a 6000# bobcat on a trailer that has 2 3500# axles with one of those axles having brakes? I will mostly be using the tailer for my ztr mower however if I would need to use a bobcat for landscaping or snow removal it would be nice not spending $50.00 on a trailer rental each time. I may need the trailer 10-20 times a year for that use and it would be short hauls 30 miles or less. I'm looking at $900.00 for that trailer or should I uprade to 2 5200# axles for $500.00
    more? Thanks for the info.
  2. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    How big is the trailer? Do you have enough space to buy another trailer if you get a larger skidsteer? Will you ever put anything else on that trailer with the skidsteer?
    I personally would go with the stronger axles as long as the rest of the trailer is stronger too.
  3. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,755

    Depends more on the truck than the trailer! we have pulled more than a dozen or so times a skid steer and a dingo on the back of a trailer with NO trailer brakes and did fine with the F-350 PSD pulling it and stopping. Its a 1 ton so it can stop it just dont expect to be able to panic stop. Go for it then later add dual axle brakes its cheap insurance.:D
  4. EIB

    EIB LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    That would mean that the total weight the trailer can hold is 7000#. Assuming the trailer weight by itself is under 1000#. You are at the max for that trailer. If the trailer is over 1000# empty that means it is overloaded with the bobcat on it. My trailer is a 10,000#, but it weight approx. 2500# which means I can only carry about 7500# without overloading it. My trailer has brakes both axles, and you can tell the difference. I wouldn't want to use just the truck brakes, or single axles brakes. You can upgrade the axles and springs, but the trailer was only built to handle 7000#.
  5. IBGreen

    IBGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 726

    If you're going to be carrying a skid steer get the bigger axles. Man been there before! Then get brakes on both axles for sure! GOO LUCK!
  6. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 660

    I have put a dingo and a couple yards of dirt on my 16 ft tandem w/brakes nefore, but a Dingo don't weigh near what a reg size Bobcat weighs. I would not do it only because you are at or very near the limit. 1 bad pothole or something and suddenly Houston there is a proble.

  7. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    Also Check your tire load rating. My guess is you'll blow the tires before anything else. Also don't you guys ever get pulled over for equipment checks? I can't imagine not getting a ticket for overloading a trailer or having insufficient brakes. Lawn services around here are pulled over non-stop for DOT inspections. Not to mention starting this year we're required to have a US DOT # on all combinations over 10,000 lbs. Just my 2 cents

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