EZ-Gate vs. The Backsaver

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ksland, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    This seems to be a popular topic so I figured I would share my experiences with the two.

    For starters I recommend these to EVERYONE who uses an open trailer with a gate. I have back problems and I am pretty sure they started from lifting trailer gates all day.

    I have bought both the backsaver (thebacksaver.com) and the EZ-gate (ballard-inc.com).

    The EZ-gate was $169 plus shipping and the backsaver $199 plus shipping.

    The Backsaver:

    Nice unit, I like its compact size and one piece design. I don't like the fact that its a painted unit (rust), it makes noises over bumps with the window down (spring vibrating). Lifts the gate (4 foot) well but the EZ-gate lifts a little better, could just be adjustment not sure. I think it has a slightly smaller spring than the EZ-gate.


    Nice unit as well. I like its stainless steel finish (no rust) and it has a plastic insert to prevent spring vibration over bumps. Not quite as streamline sleek looking as the backsaver. Has a slightly larger spring and provides a little more lifting help than the backsaver. Again this could be adjusted differently but I think it is because of the heavier spring.

    Bottom line:
    EZ-gate wins. Price is less ($30), installation is about the same on both units, but the EZ-gate will resist the weather better and does not annoyingly vibrate like the backsave does.

    Picture of the EZ-Gate to follow, will post the backsaver pic also.

  2. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    Here is the Backsaver:

    Should also mention that both units do a great job, Even though the EZ-Gate would be my assist of choice, the Backsaver is still worth the money as opposed to no assist.

  3. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    thanks for the imput ksland i always liked the sleek look of the backsaver but i cant see spending the money heres mine

  4. FuzzyOne

    FuzzyOne LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 81

  5. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    I have a big tex landscape trailer with the four foot mesh sides. How could I put one of these units on my trailer. My gate is extremely heavy with all the reinforcing I did to it so I need a little help.
  6. FuzzyOne

    FuzzyOne LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 81

    Ballard (EZ-Gate Mfg.) recommends 2 "kits" if your gate is over 180 lbs.
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    ksland, Thank you very much for the comparison. Been meaning to buy one of these for years and just havent gotten to it. With my back getting progressivly worse I think its time.

    Fuzzyone, Thanks for the link....gonna order one right now from J-thomas...best price ive seen.
  8. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Thank you so much for your views and pictures of these products. Does anyone know if these can be installed on 4 foot high side rail trailers? Thanks!
  9. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    Ballard-Inc tells me those J-Thomas ones are made of different material. I am not sure I believe it, I will have to order one from them and compare. That is why they are less money they explained.
  10. FuzzyOne

    FuzzyOne LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 81

    Hmmm, not sure about the different material. It says EZ-Gate on the side of the stainless steel tube. What could be different about it. It's a couple of bolts, a spring, a tube , some wire and a piece of chain.

    The directions look very simple.

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