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extreem trimmer rack nightmare

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by torotorotoro, Jan 13, 2012.


    Messages: 153

    Your dealer should be able to order the outside tube for you. Not sure if the drive shaft is flexible or not. Can you take the edger head off and pull the shaft out and check to see if will straighten? Just a thought!!
  2. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    I have no doubt that a large bump in the road could do this to the shaft of a trimmer/edger if the weight of the motor is not properly supported, which would be as close to the engine as possible. I have seen high-speed camera reveal what happens to vehicles as they travel down the road. Some unbelievable flexing of the trailer and racks, and with the weight of the motor a fair distance from the rack support could create a "whipping" effect on the shaft, causing this to bend. Do your trimmers/edgers rotate in the racks? How close is the motor supported in the rack? How much movement is in the racks if you grab ahold of the top of the rack and push/pull on them? These are all things to consider when using these racks.
    I would repair the shaft if possible, but I would do an evaluation of the rack/trailer setup to make sure that everything is supported well and sturdy to reduce the chances of this happening again.
  3. Jonathan Johnson

    Jonathan Johnson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Would it be more likely to bend or break near the engine from a bump in the road? I have the rack supported sturdy with 2x10's and the mounts are as close to the engine as possible.
  4. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    Possibly, however, it depends on the type of bump or impact/rebound that may have happened. Is your rack located on the front or side of the trailer? If on the side, it the engine end of the trimmer in front or behind the trailer wheels? This can be a big factor in the type of loading that the trimmer will see during transport.
  5. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,532

    I haven't read the entire thread but the racks in the OPs pic were not installed correctly. The second post (SCAG) is the correct way to install. Extreme also sells head supports for the trimmers. I haven't ordered those yet but will be. The flex in the trimmers going down the road can't be good for the equipment. Good thread to make people aware to check their rig often.
  6. Liberty Lawnworks

    Liberty Lawnworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Exactly. By the time you buy the extensions and the engine cradles, you've increased the price substantially. I am very pleased with my Jungle Jim's one-trimmer rack mounted on my angle iron rails. I have one on each side of my trailer.
  7. Liberty Lawnworks

    Liberty Lawnworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    This "Got employees?" line cracked me up! :laugh:
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Engine support kit is a must IMHO. It really helps the weight stay off of the shaft as opposed to it not. Before I added the Engine support kit you could see the play from the engine as driving down the road. Now it does not appear to have any as the head is actually supported well.

    i would take a guess that the pole in the one guys picture where the shaft of the trimmer snapped would of been prevented if he had the engine support kit. It is affordable and should be purchased if you want to ensure no issues will come...but again the first picture in the thread...it was installed incorrectly.
  9. rkeguy

    rkeguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    I have not posted on this thread for awhile, but I have not had any problems with my trimmer rack except for some wobble when I was on a bad road. I solved that my taking a scrap piece of angle iron and drilling two holes in it. One hole was on the trimmer rack (engine mount support bracket) and the other hole was mounted to the trailer frame. Welded the angle iron where it touched trailer. I did not do anything to the other support as I was only worried about the string trimmer engines. Just need to grind down and paint. Hopefully, I'll get to that this winter.

    I should have unloaded the wood from the trailer before taking picture, Sorry. The trimmer rack is very sturdy now.


  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,532

    I did order and install the supports for the heads of my trimmers. They work quite well and at $50, fairly cheap. Highly recommend them.

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