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What is the minimum size trailer width and length for solo lawn mowing?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Boaz, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 86

    I am trailer shopping and am not sure if I should go big or not.

    I will have one zero turn mower (not sure which model but will be under 60" deck) and one small commerical walk behind like metro 26" or something similar, edger, trimmer, backpack blower tools for on site repairs, several gas cans, trash can or two for clippings. Misc hand tools (shovel, rake, pick axe, backpack blower, seeder).

    What is the minimum size trailer? 6x12? 7x14? Bigger?

    I want a trailer with brakes, not sure if I need to get a tandem axle trailer.

    Help me out please!

    Oh.. my pulling rig will be a 2000 F250 7.3 Powerstroke w/6speed Supercab longbed.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,164

    If my first and only trailer I would get a 6x14 or 6x16 with dual axles. It sucks making 2 trips when a larger trailer would've just been 1.
  3. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 86

    I was thinking at LEAST 14'....gives me room for expansion. Would the extra foot be worth it too? 7' vs 6' wide?
  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Yeah I would say a 16' trailer. Like previously stated, if you had to go back to get a machine that would really consume a lot of time. Also, in the event you do leaf clean ups in the future, you could use the front of the trailer for leaves, etc.
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,164

    I say 6' but all our roads up here are skinny and curvy. I would prefer a 6' deck over with short tires like they use to haul snowmobiles on but loose alot of weight capacity.
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    I like my 7x16 open. Next will be a 7x20 enclosed. I run solo with a couple zero turns and a couple walk behinds.
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  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That was my first trailer and loved it. It was actually 8x8. Still have it, but the tires are bald and and I don't want to throw any more money at it.

    Yes, definitively squirly when heavily loaded, but loved it for leaves and brush more than anything.

    That and it was light, so empty it didn't make my MPG's suffer.

  8. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 86

    Sorry if this seems like a dumb question...buy why multiple mowers if you are solo ?
  9. bshustack

    bshustack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I would go with the 6x12 if your doing things by yourself. I run a 6x10 trailer with a 52 in mower and a 21inch mower all the hand tools are off the deck so there would be more room, still have about 2 feet of clear space in the back to the gate but I would loved to have got a 12foot deck just to add a little more space to get more tree limbs and junk on it but for now the 6x10 works for me. Always go a bigger then you first think of. Or if you want get cardboard cut to the foot print of the mowers your thinking about getting and lay them out on a trailer and see what space you'll have.
  10. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Are you planning on using the trailer for heavier loads than equipement? Mulch, top soil, gravel, sod, skids of chemical or pavers, etc. If not, I would stick with single axle. Tandem axles require more maintenance, like rear set of wheels wearing fast & brakes. Single axle trailers don't have brakes & with 3/4 ton truck you don't need brakes if all you are planning on putting on trailer is equipment.

    Sounds like you're just starting out if you don't have ZTR or walkbehind. Not sure what biggest single axle is but 6X12 single axle is a good size for solo operation. I hope you are already established LCO if you plan on financing ZTR, walkbehind & trailer to replace current setup.
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