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Would this work for a starter trailer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Ecoscape01, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    I don't need anything real big yet but I would like something that I could use to haul some mulch and remove trash from spring cleaning. I could use some high grade steel L-brackets and plywood for the sides and the front but I wonder about being able to attach a hinged gate for equipment. I don't know what the GVW is yet. I still gotta call the guy but any suggestions would be great:)
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    for gods sake buy a freaking trailor...... , you will look like a real looser.....is this something that already exists or that you want to build....you have to look at these things as investments, not liabilities

    if you dont have the money to get into business, sorry , but get a job instead.....
  3. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    Or I can just have my mulch delivered and make a few extra trips when removing trash from spring cleaning and wait till I have the money for a trailer but THANKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTIVE ADVICE DAVE - GO TAKE A HAPPY PILL:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
  4. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    so how do you get your mowers around, dont you need a trailor for that...your not using the trunk of a car are you.... i mean come on man.... you have to act and look like a successful business man, even if your jsut starting out.....no one will take you seriously if you look like fred sanford.....
  5. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    Dude I'm startin out small on residentials. I don't need any more than my 36" and a 21" and my handhelds. i'm gonna use the bed of my truck. And after every job, I will invest what ever I can into whatever equipment I don't have and need and can afford... A lot of the "advise" in your posts is the same..................if you don't have this............and you don't have that...........keep your day job.....blah....blah....blah.......I'm not sayin your wrong. I'm not one of those people lookin to read what I wanna read......Just the way your messages come across
  6. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    The cheapest readily available trailers I know of are the folding units at Bi-mart, K-mart or some of the other box stores. The're very light duty but would get you by for awhile. Around 200 bucks or so. Do you have Thrifty Nickle type ad papers in your area? A lot of good deals can be found in these types of classifieds.
  7. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    I've been lookin and I will continue to keep my eye out. I looked at one of those folding units and I think it had like an 1800lb capacity which I was hoping for more. The one I looked at in the price range you were talking was also a 5x8, the same size as the one in this thread. I'll keep lookin for a deal.
  8. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Sorry to get off topic here but this reminds me of something I witnessed about 2 years ago.

    I'm working in a cul-de-sac and up pulls this car across the street. The guy gets out, throws the trunk open and pulls out a 21" mower and proceeds to mow the lawn. I was kicking myself for not having a camera on hand but then it got even better.

    As the guy finished up mowing the lawn he went over to the car opened the rear door and pulled out his electric trimmer and 100 foot extension cord, then pluged into the clients house and began trimming the yard.

    Needless to say I only saw the guy in the neighborhood that one week, moral of the story is: don't let your appearance and presentation hold you back.
  9. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    Then I dedicated some serious thought to the concept and realized how stupid I would look and how embarassed I would feel. Hence, I now have a truck
  10. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    How do you get your mower into the back of the truck? Are you using ramps?

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