Tandem axle VS Single axle

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NC Scaper, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    hello every one, i am getting ready to get a new trailer and i was gonna get a tandem like usual but everyone keeps telling me to get a single axle and when asked why they just say they are better. I have never had a single so i would not know. So what about some input from all of you
  2. ckelly

    ckelly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Really depends on what you're hauling.

    Large heavy equipment, ie more than one z mower, tandem is the way to go, pulls nice, easier (weight) on the truck.
    Small stuff, walk-behinds, etc. single is okay, easier to manuever, but doesn't pull as well.
  3. moneyman

    moneyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    All depends on what you are hauling.
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I see no good side to a single over a dual except for the guy starting out who cant afford the dual. That was my situation when I started, and i would never have one now. You may want to have more weight on the trailer sometime so its just good to have. Its not like you can have too little weight on a dual.
  5. harpoonalt

    harpoonalt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    A story....went to get a load of mulch and after being loaded, I discovered I had a flat tire. With my tandem I was still able to drive home. It also makes equipment placement on the trailer easier as you have a larger load platform. I would never go back to a single axle after having a tandem. The peace of mind is priceless.
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    It depends on the size of your buisness and what kind of truck you are gonna be pulling the trailer with. S-10 and Rangers I dont think a tandem trl with a couple of mowers would handle it.
  7. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    Single axle - Cheap
    Decent tire wear

    Dual axle -- Load rides smoother
    Safety - one wheel blowout (no loss of control)
    Easier wheel change if you have a flat (ramp)
    Another axle with brakes
    Minus - High Tire Wear (scuffing)

    Have had two single axle trailers, never again...

  8. lawnyogi

    lawnyogi LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 73

    I have only been in this business for a short time, but I have already grown out of my single axle trailer.

    I was told by some seasoned pros to get a larger dual axle, but thought I was saving cash. I am wishing I listened! :eek:

    But... that being said... if you are a small LCO and intend to stay that way, a smaller trailer is easier on tires and is more manuverable.
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Before deciding you may want to check into how much grief having a tandem will cause you. In that I mean problems with the recently discussed DOT numbers and the associated equipment, medical cards and documentation involved. They may not even require it in North Carolina, I don't know. If they do but don't actively enforce it (like Maryland) you may want to still become legal. All it takes is for one cop to have a bad day and it can really ruin yours.
  10. Nova

    Nova LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    My trailer is a 5x12, single axle. I only carry a 32" WB and 21" Toro so I have no need for an extra axle.

    I was only considering adding a second axle because I think anything over 10ft long looks better with two.

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