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Dual Axle trailers

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lawn Wolf, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Lawn Wolf

    Lawn Wolf LawnSite Member
    from 77090
    Messages: 116

    What do you guys think of a 6' x 12' fully gated, with tool box and trimmer rack dual axle landscape trailer for $1690 brand new. Is this a good price or would I be better waiting for a used one for a little less.
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    6'4" wide by 16' new with out the racks or boxes sell for that or a little less around here
  3. Lawn Wolf

    Lawn Wolf LawnSite Member
    from 77090
    Messages: 116

    Ok. But what will it cost you to add the box and racks later plus other amenities. I bet it will cost your at least 3 to 4 hundred more for a good setup.
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    If I was going to get a dual axle trailer it would be atleast 16 ft. If you have a Z and a walkbehind it takes all 12ft., trust me I own both and know
  5. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    i really don't see the need for a tandem axle on a 6x12 (landscape)trailer.
    if you are hauling a tractor or skid steer maybe.in my opinion a 6x12 trailer is to small.

  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As a rule, we try to assess weight of equipment and overspec the trailers.

    If we get near the limit of a single axle trailer with a given crews load, we then upgrade to a tandem axle. As far as a 12' trailer and a skid steer, anything over the size of a 463 Bobcat, LX125 New Holland, or a Dingo style machine, you need a minimum of 14' so you can position the load over the axles properly. Sure, you might squeeze a skid steer on a 12' deck, but that gives you little to no room to get thw weight over the tongue and wheels in it's proper spot.

    It never fails, if you spec out your trailers to accept 16' worth of stuff, you always need another foot or two.

    Regarding cheaply priced trailers..... Drill the dealer you are buying from about whose brake systems and axles are on the units. Often people take into account price forst, and, the lesser expensive trailer companies tend to buy at will, any style axle Dexter or whoever has on sale as a clearance. What this will do is pose a bigger problem when the brakes need service, simply because there are 6 different style of brakes on the market. So, you order replacements, they don't fit, you then wait with a downed ttrailer for a week of so until you get the right ones to repair the problem.

    We did a cheap trailer once. We ended up buying our first Wells Cargo at that time so we had something to get equipment from job to job. Fixed the cheap trailer and ran it as the spare.
  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Dual axles keep your equipment from gettin the sh!t beatin out of it inbetween jobs on those bumpy roads.
  9. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    that price sounds right, good deal. Small trailer IMO. go alittle longer not much more in price. You'll really like the extra two or three feet.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    you're not thinking ahead at all...

    first off the saftey of the tandem is worth the money...
    you have a blowout on the single axle and you could loose your whole load. they will sway and flip more easially....

    also a 12" is really too short. we have one and wish we had never bought it.
    One crew uses a hustler super mini Z and a toro pro line walk behind... you cannot get them both on without turning the WB sideways. When we add the 2 21" mowers on the trailer it is crammed full.

    we get a lot of damage to our equipment from "stuffing all this stuff on the trailer."

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