Expanded metal or wood floor?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CuttinUP, Feb 6, 2008.


Do you like expanded metal or wood floor on a trailer for mowers?

Poll closed Mar 7, 2008.
  1. Expanded Metal

  2. Treated Lumber

  3. Other

  1. CuttinUP

    CuttinUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    Do you like a trailer with expanded metal or wood floor for ZTR, Walk behind mowers? Why?
  2. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    Expanded metal is nice, but if you get a thick enough gauge, it may weigh more than wood.
  3. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    It also costs a small fortune.
  4. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Its cheap, I just bought a 4'X8' sheet of expanded metal for $54. I dont personally have a flat trailer, I have a dump trailer, but I think it would be nice to be able to wash the grass right through the floor when it needs it. And how many hillbilly trailer do you see with warped lumber bouncing around on the road? The only thing I would see being a problem with expanded metal is bracing under your mowers.
  5. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    I love having treated wood on for the deck in my trailer. You can screw all kinds of stuff into it and then remove it and move stuff around and if a board rots out, its a simple cheap change out of one board not an entire deck for the expanded metal.

    I don't see how expanded holds up to the daily beating of lawn service.
  6. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I prefer wood, I think its stronger than expanded metal for a floor.
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    with the metal...its slicker and plus you couldnt haul a load of mulch on it either

  8. CuttinUP

    CuttinUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I have the metal floor on my current trailer (5X13) and the metal keeps breaking at the welds just at one place where the sheet ends and another sheet meet. I am going to order a larger trailer this spring like a 6.4 X 13 and I am thinking Treated lumber. It sounds like most people like it better.
  9. laird006

    laird006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I would hate to have expanded metal on a entire floor. I had to reweld my split gate because of how weak it is and how easily it tears. I'd rather have a wood floor.
  10. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    What gauge was that? You'd need at least 7 gauge for it to be nice and strong.

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