Single vs. Tandem axle

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by OmegaRed, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. OmegaRed

    OmegaRed LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 191

    I'm looking on getting a zero turn and trailer to mow some of my rentals. Probably around a 14 - 16ft trailer.

    Weight wise, I only need one axle as I only have one 50" deck ZTR. But with tandem adding brakes on one axle, is it worth the extra wear and tear that would be taken off of my trucks brakes?

    Are there any other advantages to going tandem when you don't (yet) need to?

    Price is only about 500 - 1000 difference so not huge on that aspect.
  2. risin187

    risin187 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    get the biggest trailer you can afford, I bought a single axle and it bounces like crazy, next trailer for me will be an enclosed 2 axles
  3. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I would get the tandem axle. I have a 61" ztr with a 6.5'x16' tandem axle. I didnt really need one that big, but figured I may as well cause you never know what you may put on it. I also said if a tire blew out, there's always that second axle on control the trailer some what. Just a thought.
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  4. cms289

    cms289 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    Tandem axle... First off, they have brakes.!!!! Second, if you loose a tire, they are movable and you can get off the road.

    Size, well, I am a fan of just large enough, as too big can be a pain!!!

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Get a 12' tandem. I have one and it is my favorite trailer. Can put some serious weight in it but it is very easy to manuver around.
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  6. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    As far as the 12', I've heard comments about it turning to tight & hard to maneuver. Was told to get at least a 14' if going with 2 axles. Rumors I've heard, so don't take my comment, just thought I would mention it.
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