aluminum trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by fastcat, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    does anyone use an aluminum trailer or no anyone that does. and were can you get them and price range for a 7x16
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    know, I do not no anyone that uses and aluminum trailer:usflag:
  3. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I looked at one online but I can't remember where, it was costly for a 16' or 18'. I think it was about 5k for the 16ft open trailer.
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I know a guy in town here that has one, same size. It's pretty slick, but if I recall, I think he told me he paid 5 or 6 grand for it, and this was 5 or so years ago. He bought it in Florida when one of the turf expos was down there...

    For that kinda money I'd go with an enclosed. Unless that's totally out of the question... I'm just not sure what the real benifits of an all aluminium trailer are? Weight, sure, but it can't be that much lighter than steel for the price difference. Yes, it is cool looking, but only if you keep it clean (this one has never been clean).
  5. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 502

    The other problem with an aluminum trailer is that if something gets bent, your SOL. They are much harder to repair than a steel trailer.
  6. onecross

    onecross LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a 16 ft trailer with a steel frame and aluminum deck. that might be an option to look in to.
  7. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    yea i didnt think they would cost that much more. it thought steel prices were higher than aluminum. i think ill stick to steel plus i can weld steel my self.
  8. Grassbuster

    Grassbuster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    TRITON makes aluminum trailers
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    They are hard to find, you're likely looking at a state wide hunt for a dealer but you should be able to find one within 3-400 miles.

    Once you find one take a close look, to me a true aluminum trailer is ALL aluminum, not just the sides or the frame, and I've seen more than a few with wood boards for the floor (which that defeats the purpose as it adds weight). A true aluminum trailer weighs something like 60% less than it's steel-wood counterpart, but they don't use wood for the floor either.
    Technically even the rims ought to be, but I'm willing to let that slide :laugh:

    Not sure on the math of the weight, but my steel 6x12's curb weight is at least 1,500, a true aluminum one only 6-700, pounds.
    My take on it is for a 12 footer it's a good 1,000 pounds lighter, for open.

    Cost appears to be about double that of the steel-wood counterpart, at least for open trailers my 6x12 cost 1500 steel, 3000 aluminum, and yes FULL aluminum, frame and sides and floor and everything aluminum.
    I just say double that of the steel, make the math easy, you're likely at least somewhat safe with this simple formula.

    Most simple repairs like tires a local dealer can help with, other stuff you DIY like wiring and lights, if it breaks.
    If you break parts of the frame or the gate you can weld it with solder and mapp fuel, a torch, more than likely you have to DIY there's not many welders deal with aluminum but it's no worse than copper pipes (like plumbing) or a car radiator as far as that goes.
    On that note, it is possible a plumber can fix it, on the other hand just don't break it.

    You might also check ebay.
  10. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Al trailers are harder to repair. The only correct way to do a repair on them is SMGW. But most good welding businesses can do it. And you can get a wire feed welder from Miller/Hobart and do it yourself if need be. You just have to practice before starting in on a repair that you have to trust in a safety related area. Metal has to be very clean, unlike steel.

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