Trailer size?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lawn crafters, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 440

    if i was to upgrade my trailer and get a 48 walker how big of a trailer would i need (allong with my 22 push and 36 lesco). and if i got a stander 48 instead of the walker. i am thinking a 12 for walker and a 10 with stander
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    You might consider a 14'. I haul two Toro 21's, a 36" wb, and a Deere Quik Trak...and still have a little room for extra.

    A 12' would work but could be a little tight...I dont think you would be happy with a 10' at all.

    Just my 2 cents.
  3. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,968

    I'd have to agree. You could make it with a 12', but that would be with very little space left over. I think a 6 x 14 tandem axle would be the way to go.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It's up to you but I like my 6x12 single axle, all I've ever had.
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    If your planning on being in this business for a long time and are going to be doing more than just mowing get a 16-20' tandem axle trailer. It may be more than you need at this time but before you know it, it won't be enough
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,288

    Agreed, seems good size.
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    me too, trailer is lighter, easy to whip around with, although mines enclosed.
  8. LawnSharks

    LawnSharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    When I started I bought maybe 4 trailers in a year and half. I kept getting little larger each time. Now, we have settled on 3 6.5' x 14' dual axle trailers for daily equipment hauling and use the smaller 6 x 10 and 6 x 12's for refuse hauling and for fert apps.
    Want some good advice.....go a little larger than you actually need right now.
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    i wouldnt go any smaller than a 14', but i dont run any for any period of time under 16'. and ig you go w/ the walker the 16' would be a lot better, i think a dual axle would be a better choice so you can haul clippings as well. i carry 1 48" w/b and 1 52" ztr on my trailer and handhelds, the 22" goes in the truck. i can haul any extra tools or materials w/ the equipment loaded, and still work easily. saves trips thus saving gas (my 3500 crew cab gets the same loaded or unloaded). also w/ a larger dual axle i do a heck of a lot more than cut lawns, wednsday we had a dingo, too many limbs to fit in the bed of the truck, a wheelbarrow, some mulch, dirt, and i still had room. saves running around all the time.

    i know that for my business personally we serve a lot of customers that choose us because we are full service, one call and one name and they get w/e they need. having a smaller trailer would hinder me from growing more, and offering all my services. for the market that i'm in, i sell b/c i can do it all, thus i need a larger trailer. w/ my setup i back 2 mowers off the trailer and am ready for w/e project i have and have ALL my handhelds.

    (just a side note, the larger the trailer the easier it is to back and w/ a 16' it maneuvers very nicely)
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I find a 16' very usefull. I have a 52" ZTR and a 48" stander. Some days I carry a 21". Everything is on or off very quickly, since there is plenty of room.

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