trailer size....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Outside Pride, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Outside Pride

    Outside Pride LawnSite Member
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    I am looking at two different trailers right now. One is a 2004 6.5 X 12 foot with gate and wood sides and wood floor, the other is an older dump 5 X 8 bed utility trailer, this also has smaller wood sides, a winch, new leaf springs, and lights. The bigger one is $800 and the smaller one is $200. I am trying to get equipment together to start mowiing residiential homes next spring part-time with my brother. I am looking at getting a 36" walk behind or a 48" walk behind with a push mower for tighter spaces. I would also be carrying a blower, edger, and trimmer. I figure some of the stuff can go into the bed of the truck.
     

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  2. Outside Pride

    Outside Pride LawnSite Member
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    right now money is a bit of an issue, I have enough to buy either one, but would like to try and keep my costs as low as possible. I am just wondering if everybody thinks I need the larger one or if the smaller one is fine too.
     
  3. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If money is an issue buy the $200 trailer.
     
  4. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would wait and buy your trailer last. If you don't have any equipment yet, how do you know what size trailer you will need? You have 9 months to find a trailer. Look on ebay and Craig's List. You should be able to find a pretty good deal, but you will have to be patient! I would stay away from the $200 trailer from your pics! It's great that you are starting early. Don't panic for at least another 6 months!!!! Good luck!
     
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    Money will always be an issue......

    Like my bonehead self, I bought a 5x10" and out grew it in 1 month

    I was trying to be cheep and it costed me in the long run
     
  6. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can always sell the small trailer; probably for what you paid for it.
     
  7. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    No brainer. Get the bigger one.
     
  8. Outside Pride

    Outside Pride LawnSite Member
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    thanks to everybody for their opinions, I know that I have some time for the next season to start and everything. I have some options and am currently trying to get the price down a bit more to make it a better investent. Thanks
     

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