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trailer lined with expanded metal

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by woodie08, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. woodie08

    woodie08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    is it worth spending a little more for railing around the trailer that is lined with expanded metal or just have it open? I think its about $100.00 or so more for it. let me know thanks..
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I'm not sure I understand, do you mean solid sides vs. just the rails?

    If so I'd get the solid sides, it hauls stuff like mulch and debris way better.
    Also if something gets loose in the trailer there's less fear of it falling off.

    But a grate for a side works as well, it's a matter thou of height...
    I think 2 feet for sides works dandy, a little taller would be nice but for a $100 extra I'd get solid sides.
  3. woodie08

    woodie08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    it's metal mesh all around the sides goes up 2 to 3 feet high
  4. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    it will haul "stuff" better , you can throw it in there and not worry about is, such as debris, mulch etc... but if you ar going to use it to haul equipment only, it is much easier to tie it bown with no sides on it.:usflag:
  5. levithan9

    levithan9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I bought a 4 x 6 trailer to haul my stuff around. I don't have a ZTR, so the size was perfect. I did have to weld a back gate on it. If the difference is ONLY $100, the BUY IT !! The gate was free for me, as was all the angle iron. I work for a construction company, and they throw that stuff away. I'm going to raise the sides of the trailer by 2 feet, and weld expended metal on the sides and front, so that my stuff dosn't fall out. Thank god all the material is free!!

  6. okeefl

    okeefl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Definately, get the metal sides. You won't be sorry.
  7. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 439

    spend the extra $100, well worth it.
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    Yeah, spend the extra few dollars and get the metal siding !!
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Depends on how long the trailer is.
    Remember, trailers will flex - and that expanded metal will actually weaken quite easily.
    Once it gets weakened, the edge of your mower deck can puch and/or peel the weakened expanded metal like an orange peel.
    Every single trailer I have had which originally had or was modified to include expanded metal required welding at least four major times throughout the year.
    Should you go with expanded metal, get the heaviest gauge you can.
    One thing I heartily suggest is to weld gussets in all the corners to stiffen the expanded metal.
    I still use expanded metal, but when I order new trailers I always add the gussets.
    But then again most of my trailers average over 20,000 miles per year too.
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,611

    I have the mesh, and I wouldn't go without. My trailer also has higher than normal sides. As txgrassguy said, the welds break, but I have never fixed them. You can strap or bungee stuff to it, you can toss loose stuff into the trailer like coke cans and branches. You can haul mulch, and it holds the mulch. I can haul 4 yards of mulch easily with no mulch sliding out. Do it.

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