Big Tex VS. Lowes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnBoy89, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    I went to Tralier Depot the other day with my friend, and I was looking at a 6X10 tralier. It was a Big Tex, for a little over $1400. Then we went to Lowes and I saw a 6X12 trailer for a little less then $1300. I know the Big Tex is nicer, but if I was to buy the one from Lowes, would I have any problems with it? Would it rust? Would the welds hold up? On the way back to my house I say a landscaper with the same exact trailer as the one I saw at Lowes. I'm just not sure which one to get. Thanks.
  2. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    I would get the Big Tex, just b/c alot of members on here have them and say they are good. I've never seen one but I've seen the Lowe's trailers and they look like they are pretty cheaply made.
  3. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 527

    It's $100, what's the big deal? You'll make up the difference in one day and completely forget about it.
  4. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227

    you answered your own question!

  5. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    its like buying a kia or a ford........... which would u rather drive..... i would go big tex 100% buying a trailer from lowes would cost you more in the long run....
  6. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    Ok, I'm going to go with the one from Lowes....j/k.

    I guess you guys are right, the Big Tex did seem alot nicer, but the one from Lowes is cheaper and bigger. But 6X10 can hold alot of dirtbikes, and lawnmowers during the week. Well thanks for the help guys, I'm probably going to get it before winter, even though I probably won't use it until spring, just because of what everyone is saying about the steel prices.
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Theres more to look for than price and deck size. What are the axles rated for? What size tires and how many ply, the smaller the tire the more revolutions the faster it wears out. What are the decks made of 5/4 decking board or 2x, how many cross members underneath the deck? Lowes does not produce the trailers so do some home work and find out who makes them and there reputation. The larger trailer might include brakes?

  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    also measure the equipment that you plan to put on the trailer. 10 foot looks pretty good size but it takes 12feet to get 2 mowers on. Friend of mine thought a 10ft trailer would hold 2 four wheelers ok, it does but he has to pick one up and turn it side ways every time where as the 12 ft they fit end to end
  9. daycab

    daycab LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I've had a Big Tex Trailer for a year and it has held up well. The selling point for me was the tube rails on the Big Tex as opposed to the angle iron on the other makes I looked at.
  10. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    I've got a Lowes' 5x8, 1500lb. capy. I got it as a birthday gift this year. It's done ok, but it definitely knows when my GT-235 is on it. The steel mesh flooring is sagging some from the sheer weight of the GT-235. I used it enough over the spring and summer though, it doesn't owe me anything. I've hauled lots of junk mowers on it, and lots of scrap metal, lots of trash to the dump, lots of miscellaneous stuff that needed to be moved. The paint on it is pretty thin, so I've got some surface rust on it where the metal of junk mowers has scratched the paint. I am gonna try to touch it up this coming week over my college fall break and straighten up the sags in the flooring.

    Towards the end of this coming spring, I'm gonna start checking out Texas Bragg trailers for the summer mowing season (6x12 or larger), and keep the little Lowes for running errands.

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