Anyone know what a turf tracer is rated to pull?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by makktruck, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. makktruck

    makktruck LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking at getting a 48inch turf tracer hp with a 17 ponie Kawasaki engine. My question is if anyone knows what it's rated to pull? I want it to pull my 5 by 6 single axle trialer around my neighborhood. Does anyone know of it can do this. Thanks for any responses, Davis.
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  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not a trailer. Maybe pull an operator on a sulky but not a trailer. A w/b mower does not have a towing capacity.
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  3. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    Don't you mean a 48inch Turf Tracer Ponie with a 17hp engine? If so, then yes, the Ponie model has a hitch that can tow a BIG trailer.
  4. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started mowing the lawns of my neighborhood when I was 10. I had my dads old Gravely walkbehind. I towed a lawn cart (that normally is pulled by a tractor) carrying my trimmer, blower, extra gas, and I rode on it as well. Used that mower for 2 yrs like that, before having the engine die. Replaced it with a Scag and continued the practice for 4 more yrs till I got a license.

    I would think a Hydro transmission would be much better than a belt drive. The trailer the OP wants to pull would be significantly more weight.
  5. makktruck

    makktruck LawnSite Member
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    Umm it might be a ponie how do you know? But no I was saying "ponies" as in horse power. Sorry for the confusion
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  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldn't pull a big trailer with such a puny machine.

    Lawn mowers are rated to tow exactly nothing.
    That is what the rating states, it states nothing, that means it isn't meant to tow.

    My 60" Warrior pulls my 6x12 but the machine has DOUBLE capacity hydro pumps with cooling fans, they are designed to never overheat even under load and I don't drive it around the hood, mostly for around the yard and even that I do on a limited and occasional basis.
    Certainly the V-twin 25hp Kawasaki handles it but it's not the power I'm worried about.
    So as long as I take it easy, it SHOULD tow my 6x12 for SHORT distances with ease.

    And I wouldn't hesitate 'maneuvering' a trailer with a 15hp WB.
    But not for cruising the hood, just in case this is any reference I was joking in that thread when I posted.

    A yard cart on the other hand, yeah, that I can see.
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  7. makktruck

    makktruck LawnSite Member
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    the reason i ask is because im trying to figure out how to pull my trailer around my neighborhood as i do now but since ill be adding a turf tracer i dont know if the extra weight will be too much to pull around the neighborhood. Does anyone have any suggestions on what i could do to solve this problem. Im only 15 so i cant drive which sucks. I dont know if i got a dolly to hook to the trailer would work HELP Please!!!! Thanks for the responses though!
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Figure a way to mount a trimmer and handheld blower to your mower and walk.
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  9. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sorry, I have to disagree.

    Some mowers have a "tow rating", and most all have the capability of towing to some degree or the manufacturers wouldn't offer them with hitches for pulling.

    The (factory) hitch on my Lightning is a 2" sq receiver with a ball on it (like you see on trucks). I've pulled a 400 -500 trail mower thru very tall (2 1/2 ft and more) field grass for over 4 yrs now with absolutely no trouble at all. And remember, not only is the Lightning pulling the trial mower thru tall grass, it is also having to pull itself thru the tall grass.

    A small trailer wouldn't amount to much, especially if pulled on a hard surface.
  10. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
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    To answer your question depends on what you are careering on the trailer and the amount of time and distance your traveling. Basically yes you can tow with most walk behinds. It is suited to pull a operator on a silky in most all cases. So a small trailer on flat hard surface should be no problems. I would limit what your loading on the trailer and give it a try, you should feel right off if the drive wheels are slipping/spinning or struggling to pull or carrie the load your are asking it to move.

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