which trailer gate assist?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1999frontier, May 31, 2010.


which gate assist

  1. Gorilla Lift

    11 vote(s)
  2. Elegator Lift

    8 vote(s)
  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I want to buy a gate assist for my trailer. I'm wondering which is best for the money, gorilla lift or the elegator?
  2. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,299

    I had a Gorilla lift on my old 6x10 trailer. Dad bought a tractor and had to get a bigger trailer. I used the new trailer one day without the Gorilla lift and bought one from NorthernTool.com as soon as I got home. They work great. Just don't mount the cable too high up on the gate, or it won't have enough weight/leverage to stay down. I carry a small paver block with me to hold the gate down because I mounted mine too high. Still love the lift though.
  3. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,684

    I had the rack em' one and it sucked. Didn't work great and the cable frayed and snapped... Just got my new eLegator on and it is great. Its not cool looking, but serves its purpose, takes almost zero top rail space and is the safest design to date I'v seen. I have pictures of mine installed in the picture thread titled "RC's lawn care 2010" if you wanna see it installed!! My vote is to stay away from the cable lifts!
  4. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    Just installed a Gorilla Lift set on my 16' trailer today with a 6 ft gate. My back is feeling better already!!!! It is great and works like a charm!
  5. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    had two gorilla lifts on my 18ft now for about three years. had to replace a cable due to fraying but nothing major. Gorilla lift gets my vote
  6. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

    Eleagator all the way!!! Everybody around me has "Gorilla Lift", what a joke, takes up all your top rail, you have to drill 16 holes on your trailer, you have to replace cable and plastic rollers all the time. I went out on a limb and bought the Elegator system, best investment i've ever made, and no parts to replace, and a 5year warranty. I don't even have to reach down to pull up gate, either lift up with foot or pull from top of spring, amazing lifting power!!!
  7. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

  8. Glwenzl

    Glwenzl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    You guys with the gorilla gate assist, do most of you use one side assist or both? Does the 1 sided assist work ok (as in enough power to help lift it and if any binding occurs)?


    This is my trailer (or how it started out in life) and as you can see in the link I'm a little concerned if they'll work ok mounted high up on my tie rail.

    I know the double barrel needs to be mounted like at a max height of 14" and I'm at 21".

    The only downfall I see of an assist is loosing the easy convenience of lowering the gate into the bed (have only done this once, on the way home from Niels trailers).

    Also for you full timers, do you all use gate assist? I would assume so but seems like I've seen a lot of pictures posted here without or they're not visible.

    I've read some good reviews here about the eLegator and it's suppose to be safer?? I don't understand how, looks like a garage door spring and seems like it'd flop around back there driving down the road??
    graphicstripe likes this.
  9. graphicstripe

    graphicstripe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,451

    What concerns me (I don't have an assist) (I'd like one) but what concerns me is pulling massive loads of brush out of my trailer and getting it snagged on the springs or cables. I can just see me destroying them. Lol the gorilla or eLegator. If someone can convince me otherwise I'll order or if they're easily temporarily removable then I'm good to give either a go.
  10. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    I think rackem has one similar to gorilla but with a chain and sprocket roller. ...that would get my vote so the little plastic rollers don't wear out and then you get charged 60 bucks for new ones! Lol
    Dawson likes this.

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