Looking to purchase a new Truck & Trailer Combo for Hardscaping - Need suggestions!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Ukisuperstar, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Ukisuperstar

    Ukisuperstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    My company has recently picked up a few contracts for the summer of 2010, that will involve the use of a Mini-x everyday transported to various job sites.

    Previously we had rented, and had a buddy tow our machines around once in awhile. I've since purchased a Kubota KX91-3 and have a Case 430 to transport.

    Looking to purchase this trailer: http://www.jdjtrailers.com/PDF/HDLT10400.pdf
    Which could also be used for garbage, small loads...etc
    Any other suggestions are welcomed.

    My business partner currently has a '08 1500 Sierra and I would like to know if this truck would have troubles pulling any combination of trailer and machine. Only need to move equipment one at a time. Would rather not put so much strain on the truck being a 1500 but would only be used everyday for 4-5months of the year. This is why I am also looking at a F250 or 2500HD, regular or extended cab.

    Also if it matters, I am in Toronto Ontario:canadaflag:, if you have any suggestions it would be much appreciated.
  2. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    Anything with a Duramax or Cummins engine would be nice. Ford has had problems with their diesel engines since late 2003. Before that, the Ford 7.3 was nice.

    As far as gas goes, the Ford v10 and Chevy 8.1l v8 are powerful, but are gas hogs (8 mpg towing) and the older ones are relatively weak. Out of the smaller gas engines, the Dodge 5.7 and the newer Chevy 6.0 engines are pretty strong. The Ford 5.4 has been underpowered for a while, especially so before 2004.
  3. ranger350

    ranger350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    i'm curious to know the cost on that trailer

    that kubota weights 7000+ lbs plus the trailer you'll be atleast 9000, thats really pushing it for a 1500 class truck
  4. Ukisuperstar

    Ukisuperstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    ^^Thats what i'm thinking, but I do see some contractors doing it still.

    Also for both trailer and truck i'd be looking at brand new. 2010 preferably.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Do yourself a favor and buy a good pre-emission diesel. I bought a 2009 like a idiot and regret it every time we go to fill it up! The older ones are way way better.
  6. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    MTO will be all over you pulling that much with a 1500... I don't know this, but I believe you would need a 550 to legally pull that much, check out their website to know for sure. Good luck, renting makes sense for us, but if you have the work and are good with maintenance, have fun saving money!

    From what I have heard JDJ's are decent trailers with a decent price.
  7. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    Something like a Ford 550 or the Chevy/GMC 5500 pulling a gooseneck trailer would pull both in one trip. Or a bigger truck pulling a deckover? What does the Kubota weigh? Good to hear you have a Case skid!
  8. Ukisuperstar

    Ukisuperstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Only looking to transport one machine at a time, no need for a gooseneck trailer, 550 would be overkill for my needs.

    Thanks for the advice
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    youd be surprised at how a 550 might be your best option.

    hardscaping wise youd be able to carry alot more aggregate in the back of the truck, and im sure you know those pallets of blocks/pavers are really heavy. with a 3/4 or 1 ton you would be maxed out at 1 or 2 pallets depending on what you have ordered.
    and dropping a machine off at job site then going to get the other one might get pretty old.

    an 06 or 07 F550 would be a good bet, as they have the best versions of the 6.0L powerstroke. or an 07 c5500 would be pre emission as well, but the physical size of the truck is much larger.
  10. esnipe8

    esnipe8 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    I would recommend getting a trailer with closer to 6k pound axles. I have a 10.5 also and I always get worried if I want to haul anything extra with a bobcat, bucket, trencher on it. We also have a 12k trailer, which puts me at ease.

    Also I would recommend at least a 3/4 ton.

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