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Single or tandem axle trailers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by win1free, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. win1free

    win1free LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    What are the best size trailers to be as efficient as possible? Please take in to consideration, do I need a trailer that must be pulled by a 3/4 ton truck? Will a single axle trailer work or do you need a tandem axle trailer? What is the widest and longest single axle trailer? I need to be able to put a 60" ZTR and a WB on the trailer and still pull the trailer with a Toyota Tacoma or Silverado. Will I need electric brakes on the trailer?

    I currently have a 5' x 14' single axle trailer with out brakes. Looking to buy 60" ZTR, but may buy 52" if not practical to get a trailer that can be pulled by mid-size trucks. I am concerned about fuel in the larger trucks.

  2. Coastal Lawn

    Coastal Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I have a GMC full size P/U extended cab with a 350 hp and a 12' Landscape trailer with trimmer racks and ramp. The total weight is about 3,000 lbs with all equipment. Have a Gravely 52"ZTR and a 32" WB and it is a really tight fit. Also single axle. The truck has no problem pulling it but wish I had bought a 14'. by the way its 6ft 8 in wide. cost $1300. If I were you I would go with a 14x6.8 single, your truck should have no problems pulling it if it has a V6 or larger.
  3. WAGS LandL

    WAGS LandL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I have a chevy 1/2 ton with 5.7l v8 and I pull a 6'4" x 16"
    construction trailer dual axle with brakes. I have a 60" exmark
    27hp liquid cooled and a 48" exmark lazer zhp, 21" trim mower
    and hand tools. Total weight trailer mowers etc is about 4500 lbs.
    The only time I have trouble is going up a real steep hill.
    Get the biggest trailer you can handle because as you grow your
    trailer needs will increase, and you don't want to have to replace
    with a new trailer
  4. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    I would go with either a 16 or 18 foot. Why buy small if you are going to need a bigger one down the road.
  5. vadeere

    vadeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Buy a little bigger than you think you will need, you need for trailer space will increase but the trailer will not.
  6. Abita Bill

    Abita Bill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    You limit yourself a bit with a single axle. That is if your gonna do landscaping in the future. If your gonna just cut grass, single is fine. But start hauling around mature trees and equipment, dual axle is a must.
  7. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    I pull my 60" and the 36" in a 6.6'x12' open trailer. Side gate for the 36" so they can load and unload individually. Can get a couple of 21"s in there too. I also use it for soil, sand, trees, plants, etc. Single axle. I've had that sucker loaded with 3 yards of soil, no problem. I went through tires too fast with a tandem, and never had much use for it, singles have done fine for years for me.

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