1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice

Trailer question?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BigLag, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. BigLag

    BigLag LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    I can only tow a single axle, my ztr is going to be either a 34in or 44in plus push mower trimmer blower. What's the best kind size, get toolbox, rack? And don't really want to spend more than 1000 to 1500.
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Not trying to be a dick, but there is a search function. This question has been gone over a zillion times.

    Having said that.

    Get something bigger than what you need for now, if you're serious about staying in the business.

    I went through 4 smaller trailers in my first two years of business that collectively cost more than my first encolsed 8 x 20 trailer. I would be hard pressed to even think of buying anything less than 8 x 20 now.

    Think long term.

    Even if it does not work out for you and you have to get out of the business a bigger trailer is going to be easier to sell.

    Good luck.
  3. sikagrass

    sikagrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    I went with a 6x12 Tophat with 2 gates. I load the z in the front,have room for 2 push mowers and the walk behind.I used some scrap pvc to make holders for the rake,grabber, and loppers.I have trimmer racks mounted on the side and keep the backpack blower and trashcan in the truck.Loaded the way it is I cant use the second gate as Id planned but the z seems to ride better (and easier to strap down). Trailer after tax was a little over 1500.
  4. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    i think 6x12 is the biggest you can get in a single axle so thats what id get and then dual gates would be nice

    i currently have a 6x10 with a single gate and wish i had a 6x12 or even 6x14 somtimes
  5. jpsquared

    jpsquared LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    I have a 6x12 and i can fit a fastrak and a super Z on it. I got it at tractor supply for around $1,500.
  6. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    Why can you only tow a single axle?
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    If your going to be doing more than residential customers ( mowing only ) and intend on going after commercial accounts and doing some landscaping then buy a tandem axle trailer 6X16 with drop down gate. I have over a 100 accounts this season and use a 6x16 w/gate and trimmer racks and another 5x10 tilt bed that work out pretty good for now. Buy the biggest you can afford. If your going to be mowing large properties or big landscape jobs you will need it! M&M Trailer Mfg, Sickston, MO sells a 16' tandem axle drop down gate landscape trailer for $905.00 new.
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I would go with a 6x12. I have a nice trimmer rack from preco that sells for 70 bux, and I have a tool box that I got at lowes for about25-40 bux, its long enough to keep my handheld blower, hedge trimmer, chainsaw and a small tool kit in it. Here is a link to the trimmer rack, dont let the price fool you, its a nice unit

    And I should add to get a trailer with a gate on the back and not a trailer with a tilt bed, if you get a tlt you will be unloading the pushmowers alot by hand.

  9. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,283

    I know this forum is a couple of weeks old, but is a single axle 6.5x12 with a drop down gate and wood floor for $925 a good price?
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

    If I read between the lines here, your working a limited budget and you don't have a full size truck. My 6x10 has worked out very well for me (do a search and you'll find posted picts of it) it still fits through bank/food drive-thru's and holds everything I need: 48" Toro WB, 33" TroyBilt Mulcher, Stihl tools up the wazoo. Why the ZTR if your only going 30-40", save money and get a Walk-Behind and put brakes on the trailer so you don't roast through your trucks rotor's and spend $800 fixing them a year down the road.

Share This Page