Can a 4 cyl 2wd S10 pull this

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dustinhuck08, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. dustinhuck08

    dustinhuck08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have a 98 Chevy S-10 4 cyl 2 wheel drive truck. I am wanting to expand my business from the few customers that I already have. Being that I am in school I really dont want to get a bigger truck and lose the gas mileage I am getting. I am looking at getting a 6 x 10 trailer or a 6 x 12 the trailers I am looking at are around 1000 lbs in weight. If everything goes well this summer then I would like to upgrade the truck but I am not willing to make the sacrifice now for a bigger truck. I have a husqvarna walk behind and a push mower which combined probably weigh about 500 lbs.. The tongue weight for my bumper is rated for 2000 lbs. So my question is can i pull this with my (mini) truck:weightlifter: or should I just get a 5 x 8 and weight til summer to upgrade. Also, I found a single axle 6 x 12 trailer with weedeater racks spare tire and a box and it has a ramp on the back for $900 from looking around dosent sound like a bad deal let me know what you think. Any and all information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    you will have no problem pulling the weight. the problem is stopping it!
  3. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 660

    Trailer brakes? Go with the 5x8 if not. Even with trailer brakes that 6 x trailer will yank the rear of that truck all over the place
  4. dustinhuck08

    dustinhuck08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Nope there is no trailer brakes. Thanks
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Go smaller if possible. I would try to preserve the S-10 until you can get a bigger truck to pull equipment. Then you can use the S-10 for gopher purposes and save on fuel.
  6. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I also have a 98 s10 2wd 4 cylinder! So far I have recently acquired a 5x10 open trailer and have taken a 36" scag and I felt the increased braking distance. How ever, I plan to tow 2 walk behinds on the trailer (which is so light you can move it with your hands btw) and put the handhelds in the truck bed.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    You can easily pull that. The tongue weight is more like 350 max with a class 2 and a class 3 is 500 normally. The max trailer weight is 2000lbs. The stopping distance will increase but even behind a 1/2 ton it would increase. My dad use to tow his 21ft open fishermen behind a ranger never had a problem. He use to pull out his buddy's 25ft open fishermen sometimes to because he had a 2wd. The ranger was like a 83 4 cylinder with a 5spd rare to find in 4x4.
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Tow capacity of the 98 S10 is 3500 pounds. Trailer brakes would be something to consider. But yes it is possible as long as you don't exceed the weight of 3500 with trailer and equipment.
  9. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I think on mine it is actually 3000. If it is a manual it may only be 2000.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    you should be fine just make sure you start slowing down early and anticipate your stops

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