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Anyone ever build a trimmer rack?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by jsullivanlw, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. jsullivanlw

    jsullivanlw LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Messages: 94

    I have a chevy colorado I wanna attach a 3 row rack directly to it. Can this be done? What would I need?
  2. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    Probably the best thing to do is just buy a Jungle Jim or something like that, then mount it to your truck instead of trying to build the whole thing. You could get some angle pieces to mount the racks to your truck bed and I would also weld on a leg on the bottom to support the weight. Shouldn't be too hard to rig up so that it's sturdy.
  3. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    the city around here has a bunch of f350 SRW crew cab long box's that they pull 20foot trailers with with 2 72" kabota's, but anyway, the trucks have back racks and they mounted the trimmer racks to the back racks, so there hanging in the box along the back window, it looks kinda neat
  4. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809

    Are you saying you want to put a rack on the truck itself? I've never seen any on a truck, but you can always cut & fab some regular trailer racks, couldn't you? Theres gotta be a rack company making some for a truck on the internet somewhere
  5. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I would just buy a rack and mount it in there..
  6. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Here are some pics that may help...........




  7. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    Do a search, I've posted pics before of my homemade rack. Cant repost the pics. Nothing real special, but easy to build and it is still going strong after 3 years of abuse.
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Don't your trimmers flood out or leak laying on the side like that?
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    My racks are built from old awning columns. I used the square tubing material for the main posts and brace across the top, and the scroll part of the columns, I used that material to form "J" hooks to hold the trimmers secure. I used small pieces of flat stock and bent 90's in them to form the "feet", which were then bolted into the bottom of the trailer. This allowed me to also bolt them into the sides of the trailer for stability. My trimmers (4) ride (two) on both sides of the trailer. I bent the J's to perfectly fit the trimmers. The engines ride toward the front, and heads to the rear, so the front hooks are made larger. I then welded some "D" rings onto the uprights - top and bottom of each one, and to in the centers for each trimmer. the center ones allow me to run a bunge through the handle to keep the trimmers from flipping around, rattling, and spilling gas all over. They stay right upright at all times. The top and bottom D rings allow me to strap bungees vertically keeping the trimmers securely snug. I also used a couple of small pieces of old garden hose over the hooks so there is no rattle and/or scuffing of the trimmers. I have about 10 bucks into both of mine...including the black bungees.
    Pictures are available here... http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=55258&page=4
  10. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    The way I have mine is setup with a piece of flat bar, a piece of angle, and old horse shoes. I took the the angle and cut 2 slots so that the 2 bolts that hold the flat bar on there would move up and down Welded horse shoes cut in half unto the angle and the flat bar. So, the flat bar raising up and down and keeps the pole pruning stuff in the rack. Then the other side just has half horse shoes holdin the stuff up, nothing has ever jumped out. The pole saw never twists, it sits on the handle and doesn't move at all. I made this for the pole saw stuff because ther would not fit proerly on a trimer rack. But for my trimmers and edgers, I used trimmer trap.

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