Trailer TAilgate

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tnpete, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. tnpete

    tnpete LawnSite Member
    from West Tn
    Posts: 180

    Will be building a tailgate on my 14ft trailer within the next month. And was wondering what everyones is built out of?
    I will be loading a Ferris 4500 Z so it will have to be built to handle over 2000 lbs/.
    Pete
     
  2. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Posts: 247

    Make it at least 5ft long, mine is 4ft and the angle is too steep. Good Luck!
     
  3. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    If your building it yourself make sure to weld every single joint on the expanded metal. The last gate I built was a six footer. I used 2" angle with heavy expanded metal and it has served me for about 7 years now. Usually, when you see a busted tailgate it is because the fabricater only welded every 3 or 4 joints.
     
  4. tnpete

    tnpete LawnSite Member
    from West Tn
    Posts: 180

    Thanks that will help out a lot. And I will weld every spot. Also may take some 1"X1/8" flat bar and weld over the sides to help out there.
    How heavy is your mowers? And how many pieces of 2" angle are long ways on your ramp? I think I will use 2 in side and the sides on mine.

    PEte

     
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    This is a open landscape type trailer correct? It will take alot to make it constantly withstand 2000lbs of mower, maybe plan on some spring assist sides? Also, make sure you have support beams running where the mower tires will be rolling up and down on the tailgate, expanded metal will bend otherwise. I.E. if you plan on leaving the ztr on the left side, put proper supports on left side.
     
  6. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
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    I personally wouldn't worry about the 1" strap. If you need to weld later it will get in the way and as long as you weld every joint than you'll be golden. I actually used eight beams because I made a two piece gate. It is a six footer and it is heavier than crap. If you would use three in the middle that would be about right. I would also go 3/16 on the angle. Like the last poster said, make sure to line up according to your mowers.
     
  7. tnpete

    tnpete LawnSite Member
    from West Tn
    Posts: 180

    Thanks guys I will add the spring assist on the ramp and will also have support under where the wheels will run.
    I know I built a dovetail and ramps on a 24ft goose neck I have. And found out loading the trackhoe or tractor where the weak link was fast. Had to support the ramps.
    Pete
     

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