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What do you think of this trailer, Deal Or No

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by flattoplawncare, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    1500 IS alot for a 12 ft single axle trailer. Th rail idea is kinda cool, as long as there is a continuous slot that you can put the rails into for variable widths. If there is only two fixed slots at that width, it isn't worth a darn.
    The comment above about the structure of the trailer is a good one. Trailers built with ladder frames generally ARE constructed so the ladder frame supports the structure of the trailer. However, in cases like this, this trailer is built with a wrapped tongue. With a wrapped tongue, while the whole ladder can help support the structure, it is not necessary. Flatbed trailers are built this way with these type of tongues. They are by far superior, and I know the next trailer I purchase will be constructed that way.
  2. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    What are you planning on putting on it?
  3. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    I paid half of that for my new PJ 7710 with no side ramps. I added the diamond plate box and stained/sealed the wood flooring.

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  4. flattoplawncare

    flattoplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 321

  5. flattoplawncare

    flattoplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 321

    I have a 48 inch scag wb, 2 lawnboy push mowers and a 52 inch everride scorpion fx, 2 weed whips, 2 blowers
    Right now i have a 2 year old 5x8 fleet farm trailer that is getting to small and is really cheap. I paid 700 for that one when i started.
  6. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    That is the going rate for a 12' PJ around here.
    I have a 10', and have yet to see another brand of trailer built as heavy. Mine has a 3500 lb. brake axle.
    Those side ramps are built that way, kind of a pain, but out of the way when used as side rails, and convenient for a wheeler or tractor, not so much a ZTR with small front tires (tires will fall down between slats in ramps), a walk behind can be 'wheelied' up them so the front tires dont fall in.
    The only problem I've had with mine in 3 years, is the expanded metal on rear gate breaks, need more supports where the wheels of the mower ride up it, or replace it with a heavier guage expanded metal. (though this will make the gate heavier to lift)

    If you are looking for a trailer that will last a good long time, a PJ will definately do the job.
    I paid $850 3 years ago for the 10' with brakes, granted steel prices are up, so I'd say it is probably 1000-1200 now?? If it were me, I'd compare brakes vs. no brakes prices, look on PJ's website, is there a dealer that has a left-over? They dont change year to year, but you might get a good price.
    My trailer pulls so nice, when I pull with a 1/2 ton loaded up with mowers, it doesn't push me around if I have to stop quick, or decend a steep hill.
    Hope it helps,
  7. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    Brake Axle? Same model I've got. :waving:
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    If I were you I'd spend a little more and get a 16' tandem axle with brakes and all. Thats just me.
  9. flattoplawncare

    flattoplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 321

    I would but that would not fit in my garage, I live in a town home now.
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    No way. You get 2X that trailer for $1500.00.

    Dont waste the money.

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