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Tearing Tarps any ideas?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Blades of Steel, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Well, what is the secret to keep these things covering the trailer. I went through 3 this weekend. I am thinking of putting plywood on top so that I don't have to use a tarp. However, I would rather not do that. I would like to use the tarp instead, it is easier to get the leafs out.

    Any ideas for securing the tarp without tearing them? I was thinking of bolting some 2.5" pvc pipe all the way arount the top to get rid of the semi sharp edges. But he eyelit holes keep tearing too.

  2. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    What is your tarp thickness?

    I use expensive tarps, and they last.
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Have you tried the canvas tarp? They don't work well if they sit under anything wet for any length of time, but the material is stronger, as well as the eyelets.

  4. Indiana

    Indiana LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Are you using the blue tarps?

    Stopped using them a few years ago. Got the braided leaf tarps, lets air pass through but not debris.

    Buy them a Landscapers Supply for about $40 -100 depending on size.
  5. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Try mess tarps or painters tarps, they are stronger than poly tarps.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    I have my tarps made by some amish guy, thats his only business. He made mine out of the same stuff that they cover semi's with. 6yrs. and its like new. 71/2 x 12 ft. grommet holes every 6 inches and I only paid some thing like $30. If your interested pm me and next time I go past his place I'll get his adress and you can write him. {they don't have phones}

  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    canvas tarps work the best and last for number of years...
  8. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599


    What is the thickness of your tarps? If you know that would help me...
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

  10. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Go to www.northerntool.com and get one of their pvc mesh tarps. I bought one a few months ago and it is better than good. Got the 8ftx16ft for $30 including shipping i believe.

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