Getting exmark on trailer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mortymower, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. Mortymower

    Mortymower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I have had an exmark lazer hp 48 for a while and i just bought a 6X12 tandem trailer. When i pull the exmark on the bag drags so i have to go up the ramp at a 45 degree angle to avoid this. the deck also scrapes the joint between trailer and gate. Is this just going to happen or is there any quick way to pervent. I am pulling with a standard height 1994 silverado 1500.
  2. Bulletproof

    Bulletproof LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    We have a 48" lazer z hp as well and this can occur in certain areas depending on the level of the concrete, driveway or whatever you're parked over.

    I'm assuming that you have your deck up when going on the trailer.. one thing I do is put my foot on the deck-assist foot lever thing (yes, i don't know the name) and that'll give you another inch or two of clearance.

    I don't know if that will help...hopefully. A quick note, DO NOT try to get onto the trailer with the bags full, even if you have the exmark weight plate on the front of your machine, you will catwalk onto your trailer...not good.
  3. wacamaster

    wacamaster LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 198

    Try backing it up the trailer.
  4. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Raise the deck as high as it will go and drive slowly up on the trailer. I have the same problem sometimes with my Hustler ZTR. I add two small pieces of 2X4 wood under the end of the gate when it is on the ground to get a better angle so the ztr doesn't drag.
  5. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    Try raising your towing height. If you can flip your reciever over, ect. and gain a few inches, this will decrease the load angle and should cure the problem.
  6. JTW

    JTW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    See if you can get a longer gate on the trailer??
  7. WarEagleCRL

    WarEagleCRL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    do what metro said. That's what helped me
  8. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    I put a 2x4 under the bottom lip of the trailer gate. Drill a couple of holes thru the metal & thru the wood. This raises the bottom of the ramp up a couple of inches, which makes a BIG difference in the ANGLE of the gate where it meets the trailer!

  9. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    tow hitch everytime!

  10. twindiddy

    twindiddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    right now we're just sliding a 1' long 2x4 under the gate. it's not attached or anything. i've been thinking about just welding two extensions on each side of the gate to fix the problem.

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