I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some input on my first trailer. I am just starting out, so I don't want something too big and expensive. I have a 91 F150 to pull the trailer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
buy the biggest trailer that your budget can afford. I personally have a 7' X 16' trailer and am wishing it would be 2 feet longer. One word of advise would be to check the length of the ramp against the height of the deck. When I purchased mine, I bought it with 16" rims and 7.5-16 tires. First time I loaded my machine on my trailer, I could not get it off, due to the angle of the ramp. My uncle made me an extension to go on my existing gate, and now it works out perfectly fine. DO a lot of research and this site has a wealth of information on anything dealing with the lawn care business.
i ordered my trailer a 5x10, front box, power rack, water cooler rack and blower rack, with spare tire, i left the trailer with a borrowed trailer to pick up my mower, i haven't even loaded my mower and i called the guy and ordered 6x12. the bigger the better but you also have to look at storage and the equipment you have, or will be purchasing down the road so you don't have to be buying a trailer every couple of years.
Slow down guys or he'll have a tractor trailer. Size the trailer according to YOUR needs and the direction you want your business to go. Plan ahead and get a size to grow with your future plans for your business. What do you NEED to carry every day? Are you a solo op and going to stay that way or do you envision being the mowing giant in your area? Give us more info and we can give you a general idea. I'm a part time solo and have a 5 X 8 that works well for just mowing with a 48" TTHP and a trim mower onboard. A trimmertrap rack holds my handhelds and I'm good to go. It tows easy, parks easy and fits into tighter spaces than a big trailer will. That said, I have a 5 X 12 tandem coming next week because I find a need to be able to haul larger loads of mulch, stone, and leaves while still transporting some equipment. 5' wide so it will fit in my garage (a must in my neighborhood) and tandem for the security and load hauling ability. I don't envision needing or wanting anything bigger, it would just be more of a pain. I've found a business plan that works for me and a trailer size to support it. So what do you want to carry and what kind of business plan do you have? Then we'll try and send you down the right path.
Thanks guys for all of your inputs. I am a solo operater at this time and plan on being that way for the time being. Youo advice was very helpful. Its seems that I'll basically go as big as my wallet and my storage area will let me. One more question. Any opinions as far as open or enclosed trailers go? Thanks
I like the open for it's versatility. You can use it for mowing or hauling mulch, topsoil, branches, etc, while the enclosed is more limited. Again it depends on your situation. The enclosed is more money, but offers security, a place to advertise, and an equipment storage area. The open trailer is cheaper, more versatile, but needs to be put somewhere if you plan tto leave your equipment on it. If all I ever did was mow lawns, I'd get an enclosed in a heartbeat, as I think they look very professional. But, I like to do my own hauling (the haulers never seem to be able to accomadate my schedule) and I need to be able to put my trailer out of sight at night (covenants). Think about what will work best for your business. I almost bought an enclosed but it would have been a big mistake for my operation. Let us know what you decide
I know that everybody (?) tries to help on this forum, but some people just don't understand small budgets and the importance of JUST GETTING STARTED.
If I took the advice of many I would have gotten myself into a BIG loan at the bank and that would have included a LARGE trailer. The fact is I purchased everything I needed to get started solo for a LOT less than everyone said it would cost. IE:
5x8 Enclosed trailer - $1600
used 32" SCAG wb - $1500
2 Craftsman blowers - $120 (yes they work just fine)
Echo SRM210 - $220
used 21" push mower - FREE
Assorted tools - FREE and CHEAP
Whenever I can I will replace these items with ones that are higher quality, but NOTHING will stand in the way of getting started!
My point is - take all of these opinions, sort through them, and use the information that helps you, but DON't let anyone tell you that you need a $400 blower or GIGANTIC trailer just to get going. There's always time to expand and there will always be someone to buy your little trailer when you are ready for a larger one!