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New tandem trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tnwildcat, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. tnwildcat

    tnwildcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I plan on buying a tandem axle trailer this spring. It will be used for mowing, landscape installation, sod etc. This will be my only trailer. With that said they come standard with 3.5 k axles. My thought is to upgrade to 5k axles. It raises the cost by $400.00. Main reason being tandem can hold 8 yards of mulch with ease but, but the wight will be around 8k. Standard payload 5.5 k on 3.5 axles. Any comments on running heavier setup?
  2. rollman

    rollman LawnSite Member
    from Bear DE
    Messages: 74

    The $400 extra is worth it , I opted for that in our trailer .
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,159

    I would get the bigger axles they are worth every penny and brakes on both of them. Stay away from Leonard and Allstate trailers they are both JUNK. I've had to make several repairs to mine, tried to sell it on here but have since decided to keep it as I would hate someone else to get my problems. I really recommend getting Hustler up in Lake City to build it for you, and get it with 2' side rails if you plan on moving alot of mulch.
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I upgraded the axles on my trailer from 3500lb axles to 5200lb axles when I had it built. It gives me a little extra sense of security knowing that it will be able to hold anything that I plan on hauling.

    Mine were a cheap upgrade from the typical 3500lb axles, I think cost wise they are really only $50 more expensive per axle.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I have 3500 lb axles on my trailer and I haul 10 yds of mulch all the time. 3500's are fine imo.
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  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,159

    You can do that with bagged or dry mulch, but here we really only have bulk that is wet in the winter and spring. I have put 8 yards on my 7k trailer but was very overloaded.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I only use bulk. 95% of the mulch I use is black double.shredded and is almost always wet.
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  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I think it's smart money to do that. Kind of like buying a 3/4 ton pickup when a 1/2 ton would probably do. It's nice to never be overly concerned with overloading.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Not only would I upgrade the axles I would consider buying a dump trailer it will save you time and effort on nearly every job worth the extra in my opinion.

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