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Dropping the trailer to save gas?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Fahzu, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104


    Some people here couldn't grasp why I wouldn't pull my trailer with me every day.
    Pulling a trailer when you don't need to is ret@rded. I pull my trailer 2-3 days a week and the rest of the time it's this...


    (Click image - it's a video showing how easy it is to load up)


    (Yes, I use a ratchet strap across the mower to secure it, but I was trying to keep the video brief, so I didn't film that)


    The only days I pull the trailer are the days I use my Ferris...


    I think there are people who believe that if you aren't pulling a 16' trailer filled with ZTRs, you're a hack. There are some really big outfits around here that send crews into the city with a pickup and two push mowers in the bed. I guess they are hacks too.

    Do what works for YOU.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  2. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    OakNut I like your company decal on your Ferris that's classy man.
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Nah, I'm not classy, I'm a hack - just look at that setup! :laugh:


    Thanks for the compliment!
  4. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    LOL..two thumbs up for us "hacks".. Hehe.

    Although I didnt drop my trailer, I did unload my rider thats only being used on one lawn. Ive been towing it around for 4 months now, and only mowed the yard with the rider three times. Its been so dry here in west texas over the summer that it was a tough season for us lawn care guys. We cant get the weekly or bi weekly rates, when there is no grass growing.

    The rider was mainly ballast in the trailer...so...
    So, I just unloaded it, and am carrying the 21's for now, because thats all I need. I paid 200 bucks for a gravely ZTR that needs about 300 bucks in parts, so maybe I'll be sporting that around in the spring,, and can put it to good use.

    I have a chevy avalanche, which is great for locking up small gear under the panels, but the larger stuff stays on the trailer.

    My residential mower crapped out after two years of hard service, so i picked up a Honda HRC 216 this weekend to add some BLING to the trailer...LOL.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  5. Fahzu

    Fahzu LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    What a response...thanks everyone.

    MPG is around 11 mpg with trailer. I'm pulling it with a Nissan Titan which has a 5.6 liter engine. I'm not sure if our mpg's suffer with any special California Emissions standards. Gas per gallon is around $4.60 in my area. It's supposed to be coming down as our special California Summer blend gas is on its way out.

    I use a larger mower at 1 property and luckily it belongs to the homeowner, so it stays at the property.

    I do keep most of my equipment with me just in case it is needed. I have lots of houses that are full maintenance with shrubs etc. I keep tool boxes with me for any sprinkler repairs.

    The equipment can fit into the bed of the truck but after a few years I got tired of loading and unloading daily. Nice just backing up to the trailer (which is parked in the garage) and hooking up. Saves me about half an hour each day.

    Here is my setup...


    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 892

    so do you plan on getting a bigger mower. if you say you have one account with a big mower that stays at the house, why not work out of the back of your truck. I know it saves time by just backing into the garage n hookin it up, but if you really hate the gas prices do your route with and without the trailer and see how much gas you save. It might be worth the half hour you say it will take to load ur truck. But then you gotta unload it too, so theres an hour. if its going to save you $20-$30 a day by not pulling your trailer, is that worth the hour to you. I save a lot of fuel and wear and tear on the truck by not pulling a trailer, and I dont have to worry about tight spots to turn around in.

    It takes me about 5mins to load everything I need for the day into the back of my truck.

    But like Oaknut said, whatever works for ya.
  7. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Hey great thread here. I've been considering this as well, especially with the new Toro 30" Turfmaster coming out soon, this could be the mower to switch me to an operation without using a trailer, we'll see. But like you said gas is expensive. Using my big V8 with a trailer compared to a 4 banger is twice as much fuel being used, that adds up quick over the summer mowing months.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Actually I think the 30" is out I thought I read where some were saying it cut like crap?
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    Your thinking of the 30" Timemaster a residential unit. The Turfmaster is a full commercial unit and isn't available yet.
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    OK, thanks, I wasn't sure just thought it was the same unit, I need to look into one for next season., I need another pusher.

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