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Full gate vs. SPlit gate

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jtrice11, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I see alot of outfits with a split rear gate on their trailer, what is the advantage?
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Pick up a full gate, then try a split gate and you'll know.
  3. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I've got a full gate, and my back has become much stronger. So I'm guessing weight is the issue. Well you could look at the other way too, you've pick up a split gate--twice.
  4. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    Personal preference I believe.Maybe you only need a small mower off one side of the trailer then you don't have to put both gates down. Plus weight has a lot to do with it.
  5. green_man

    green_man LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 26

    I'm happy to lift both sides of my split gate myself anytime. there's plenty of more productive ways to get a workout in this business besides deadlifting a full gate 10 or 20 times a day. I like to get the gates up as soon as possible so the guy blowing off can breeze through and clean up behind the trailer while I'm already starting the truck, rather than standing there waiting for him to lift the other side. no major disadvantages I've experienced.
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    What he said
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    You can always get spring assists on the sides before spending too much money at the chiropractor.
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Split gates WERE a necissity back in the days before there were many different gate lift assists on the market. The gate on my trailer is split but it's locked together with a flat bar 98% of the time. I have an ezgate. I drop one side just to get the 21" off at one stop I have that is a lawn that's too small for any other mower.

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