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Trailer sizes pertaining to starting out

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by zak406, Apr 21, 2010.


What would you do starting up?

  1. Buy a small trailer because thats all you need at the time?

  2. Buy a big trailer because you can grow into it?

  3. Screw it go out and buy a enclosed? Why not? :)

  4. Either way it does not matter.

  1. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,519

    Hey guys hope all is well.

    My dad and me were talking about this. If you were starting out today, and tommorow you where going to buy a trailer would you buy a small 5x12 (because a. its cheaper b. its all you need at the time) or would you buy something like a 6x18 dual axle or something along those lines (a. its more expensive b. it may be over kill but you can always grow into it, so your not buying a new one in 1-2-3 years c. its a higher resale value if things dont work out)

    My look at it is, buy bigger for the reasons i posted above. My dad says start out smaller, for the following reasons.

    So my question is, since you guys are expierenced and have done this before which way would you go?

    Btw by small trailer in the poll i mean a single axle, at the biggest 6x12 single axle

    By big trailer I mean 6x12 with dual axles or anything bigger with dual axles.
  2. StrokerTurbo7.3

    StrokerTurbo7.3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 150

    Well this is my first year but I plan on growing in the future so I bought a 6x16 just for that reason. It looks goofy with just one mower on it driving around but oh well.

    Just my opinion.
  3. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    Get a 14 or 16 ft tandem axle trailer with a ramp. You can always grow into it. I had a 10 ft, and I outgrew it.
  4. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,519

    Thats what I am saying I am in total agreeience with you two. My dad looks at it the other way. Its like a thousand dollar difference. But there is also a thousand dollar difference in car packages. What would you rather have? You know?
  5. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,519

    Also dont get me wrong i see my dads point... He has some great points, however I think my points out weight his.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    It has as much to do with what you're going to pull it with as anything else. When I started out all I had was a 1994 Chevy S-10 with a 4 cylinder. I also only had a riding tractor (Hechingers 38" with a 12.5 B&S). I then graduated to a Woods SD 36" walk behind. I didn't need much trailer so I bought a 4 by 6 that the S-10 pulled pretty easily. I got it used for $350.

    Then I bought a 50" Gravely walk behind. It obviously wouldn't fit in the 48" trailer so I had to go and buy a bigger trailer. I bought a brand new 6 by 12 for $1350 or so. Then I found my truck didn't pull the bigger trailer very well so I had to buy the F150 that you see in my avatar. It pulled the 6 by 12 very well.

    I eventually ended up with the 8.5 by 16 trailer that you also see in my avatar. An incredible deal came along that I could just pass up for that trailer so I bought it. Then I found that it was just a tiny bit too much for my F150. So I ended up putting a LoadHandler rear spring system on it, 3.55 gears in the rear end, a full 7 pin wiring harness and a heavier duty tranny cooler on it. Now it pulls that 8.5 by 16 just fine. And has been for the last 70,000 miles.

    But you can see how one thing always leads to another. You may never need a big trailer. If I hadn't gotten a great deal on one I wouldn't have one today. My 6 by 12 would still be fine for what I do today but it would be a little tight.
  7. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    bought a 5x10. Wasted money. i grew out of it the second i bought it....bad planning lol
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    I started out in a truck bed, out grew that in no time. Upgraded to a 5x10. Outgrew that pretty quick too. Upgraded last season to a 7x14 single axle. I love my trailer and it is just about the perfect size but I think here in a few years if I get a ZTR I'll upgrade to either a 6x16 or 7x16 tandem axle. So to answer your question, buy a size or two bigger than you need and grow into it. A good way I have heard to do it is park all the equipment on your driveway the way you would like it on the trailer, draw a box around the entire setup. Then go one or two sizes bigger than what your measurement was.
  9. RandallM

    RandallM LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 122

    I purchased a 5x10 last year for my first year in business. I've already outgrowed it. I have a 48" Wright with a 21" pushmower plus stick rack. I really need a walk behind as a backup mower but no place to put it unless I upgrade my trailor. I recommend at minimum a 14' trailer otherwise you will be selling and buying pretty quick.
  10. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 484

    go with a 7x14 tandem....this way u can easily fit a Z and and walk behind. prolly 2 Z's also.

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