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4X6 Trailer

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by WJW Lawn, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    I have a buddy starting up...he has a 36" Scag...trimmer...edger... blower...the usual. He wanted a small trailer to start and was looking at a 4x6 to save a little cash. He wanted my opinion...but Im actually curious to see what you guys think? It would be a tight fit...but I guess he could put a trimmer trap on it. Thoughts?
  2. DavesLawnCarePlus

    DavesLawnCarePlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    A 4-6 should be fine for starting out... It's small, easy to tow, and easy to sell when his business grows. I think it's a great choice. Buy a snowbear 4x6 landscaper and he'll be all set.

  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Personally, I wouldn't bother with the trimmer trap if he's trying to save money, those things run a few hundred + welding. He can spend 25-30 dollars on some chain and padlock and be good to go. I'm in my 5th year and I started with a 6x12x2 trailer which I still have, never to this day have I wasted the money on those racks, I guess it is a personal thing but I just don't see the benefit for what they cost. I'd be willing to spend 40-60 dollars on racks, but not no few hundred.

    If he has to buy this trailer, then a 4x6 he should be able to find one used for 75-150 dollars for a basic homemade one, but he'll have to look long and hard or get lucky, I would still insist on a sturdy frame and something that doesn't look all decrepit. The only other thing is the tires, on a 4x6, those skinny trailer tires can easily take on several thousand miles but not 20 or 30 thousand, so he'll have to check the tire tread frequently so that one doesn't blow out on him.

    Likely, unless he knows how to use a weedeater as a blower, he'll want a handheld blower as well, such as the Stihl bg-55 for 150'ish.
    Even if he does know how to use a weedeater to blow debris, it's not that strong and it only clears light stuff, so get the blower.

    And, best of luck.
  4. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    Think he'll have enough room though?
  5. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    Seems pretty small, but if money is a big issue then go with it! In a year or so he can upgrade to a bigger one!
  6. SSS 18734

    SSS 18734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    You should have plenty of room. I haul a 36" Gravely W/B, a 21" push mower, a trimmer, a blower, and gasoline with plenty of room to spare on my 4x8 tilt trailer.
  7. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    i would tell him to get a 4x8 tilt which he could get a set of ramps if he didnt want to tilt it...or a 5x8....the 4x8 he could get at a yard sale or something real cheap
  8. Jeds_Lawn_Care

    Jeds_Lawn_Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

  9. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    I don't know if I have ever even seen a trailer that small. Don't by that. When you are driving 55, those tiny tires will be turning way to fast. It will be a pain in the a** to back up. Where do you want to be in two years? Try to by a trailer that will work for that, so you don't have to by two trailers. I know it will work, but a cheapo lawn mower will cut grass also.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    A 2ft x 2ft cage can easily be installed on the front for blowers and hedge trimmers etc. The mowers tuck in under it just keep it low so it easy to get into. Most welding shop can put you a trimmer rack on for small buck and even have a lock....usually two or three trimmers. Both of the items should be less than $400.

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