trailer tie downs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by C.T. Lawn Care, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Lawn-N-Garden Guy

    Lawn-N-Garden Guy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Welded 2" muffler clamp bolts to the trailer,works fine for me
     
  2. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gogetter:
    I understand your point and i concede to wisdom in safety as far as smaller stuff goes and so on. I too ride so i understand. We dont even haul more than half a truck load of small branches before we start tying down. I misunderstood an earlier post i think and misunderstood that you were talking about lazer's and large walkbehinds.

    Sall good guys. I really lost my temper here and i do apologize. It just struck me wrong at the wrong time. Work problems got carried over to here. Totally my bad. I am sorry all.
     
  3. WAGS LandL

    WAGS LandL LawnSite Member
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    I think it is important to think safety first. I bought a new trailer
    last year, a construction with no sides. I was not in the habit
    of tying things down because I did not have to on my old trailer.
    Well, the first week with the new trailer it was late, getting dark
    and there was some rain coming in, I was in a hurry and forgot
    to tie down my 21". I was almost home and heard a crash on the road. I looked out the mirror to see an $850.00 mower bouncing
    down the road. Thank God it was on a sidestreet near my house
    and not on the interstate and busy two lane I came home on.
    I think it is safe to say that I learned a valuable lesson about
    tying equipment down. I agree that to each his own but this is
    an expensive way to learn and what if little Johnny was walking
    home and was in the way. I shutter to think what the outcome
    would have been.
    Take care all, just my $.02.
     
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    No sweat! It happens.

    And Chuck, thanks for keeping the thread open and giving us a chance to iron it all out, rather then closing it on a bad note.

    Later!:)
     
  5. Lawn-N-Garden Guy

    Lawn-N-Garden Guy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh I thought we were talking about what we all used to mount to our trailers for tiedowns
     
  6. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    The best way to tie down is up to you so put your equip on your trailer and see whare the quickest and sturdy places are.look at diffrent straps I like the clamp style pull it ,it is tight push the clamp it is loose. Ratchet style are sturdy but they waste time get twisted and stuck. D rings are nice and easy.Always tie your equipment what if someone hits your trailer do you want your mower to fly off the trailer?
     
  7. DKinWA

    DKinWA LawnSite Member
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    Last year, I lost an 8' extension ladder out of the back of my pickup on the highway. I had some other stuff in the back, so the ladder stuck about 2 feet over the edge of the tailgate (tailgate up). When I put it in the truck, I would've never in a million years thought that it could or would come out. Sure enough, I hit a small bump in the highway where they were doing some paving and out it came. I saw it in my rear view mirror (in slow motion of course) come out of the truck and skate across the highway. Fortunately several cars behind me were able to avoid it. By the time it stopped moving, it was sitting in the fast lane and everyone had to go around it. As I ran back to get it, I watched as cars had to swerve to avoid it and lets just say I was scared to death that someone was going to get hurt.

    Now when I haul stuff, everthing gets tied down or caged. Not only did I risk my own life on a busy highway, I also risked the lives of others that had nothing to do with my stupidity. I can only imagine what would've happened if someone hadn't been able to avoid the ladder and actually wrecked because of it. I've hauled the same ladder many times before and in virtually the same position in the truck and not once did I feel it was a problem. Now when I use the ladder, I'm reminded of it everytime I see the scratches in the fiberglass. All I can say from the experience, is never again!!!!!
     
  8. NafzigerLawn

    NafzigerLawn LawnSite Member
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    I use the Green-Touch Trimmer racks they are really durable.
     
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anywho want to talk more about their experience with Faststrap's?
     
  10. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    there was a newbe here last year 4 new ztrs and first 3 months in biz he got a $3000+ fine and was forced out of biz due to it.
     

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