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Tool Cage?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Soupy, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    Does a tool cage add much tong weight. I was thinking about getting one put on a 14" tandem (7,000lb) trailer. The only problem is I have a max 600 lb tong weight. I would like to stay under 500lb tong weight just to be safe.

    If I had one I would probably carry hedge trimmer, chain saw, air tank, 2.5 & 5 gal gas can in it. Maybe a floor jack and jack stands if possible. I have a tool box in the back of my truck I would keep smaller stuff in.

    The trailer I am replacing in a 12" single axle. I haul a 1180lb Z, 400lb WB, 3 trimmers, and blower on the trailer. I load the WB sideways up front and the Z sits over the axle. The rest goes on racks located on the side of trailer. I have no idea what my tong weight is now. The mower weight is dry weight.
  2. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    I may not be understanding your question right, but if you are worried about too much weight on your hitch just switch to a class 5. They weight
    limit is considerably more and you won't have to worry about it.
  3. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    Sorry, the weight limit, not they. duuuuuuuuuhhhh
  4. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    The need of a cage is not enough for a complete new hitch especially factory the cost of the cage too.

    My question is.... Do I need to worry about weight with what I have?
  5. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    Here is our cage, 24x24 and its 7 ft wide... adds over 500 lbs but you can drive on and off the trailer while its disconncted with the Z mower.

    depends on what you are towing with.

  6. CrewCutEnterprises

    CrewCutEnterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    it locks too. i love it

  7. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    A cage will definetlyadd to your tongue weight. I have cut them off and had them welded on again several times. But for costly items like chain saws, hedge trimmers, and so on I have found I prefer using them vs not.

    They don't use much sq. ft of trailer space ( vertical storage) and they can hold most anything you don't want to walk away mysteresly.
  8. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    The truck is a 92 chevy 2500 LB, Ext Cab with 6.2 Diesel (non turbo) I have no Idea what hitch is on it. It has surface rust with no markings that I can read. I'm sure it's at least a class 3. I'm going to try and get a hold of the guy I bought it from and see if he remembers (it's been two years).

    I have only towed a single axle with 3,000 lb max GTW with this truck. I'm thinking I should buy a new hitch just to be safe if I buy a tandem 7,000lb.
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    it will add to the tongue weight, but that is not a problem at all.....

    you are the tongue weight if you pull your mower all the way up on the trailer...

    if you really want to keep the tongue weight down, just slide your biggest mower back a little behind the trailer wheels, this will cantilever the weight towards the rear, making the tongue lighter.
  10. ajordan193

    ajordan193 LawnSite Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 460

    heres a few pics of mine, its custom made can carry with 2 people. Its nice to have somewhere to throw tools, gas cans, trimmer line etc... where they can't bounce around and outta the trailer.

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