What size trailer? 52inch WB, 21inch Lawnboy, with a little room to spare?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bdoss123, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    New to the forums, but have been suprised by the resource that has been created here.
    I have a two part question. The first is what size trailer should I look for in order to pull a 52inch Scag WB, a 21inch Lawnboy, and to hold a few more goodies like the weed-eaters? I was looking at 5x8's but didn't know if I could get everything on there?

    The second part of the question has to do with my vehicle choices. I currently own a 1997 Ranger with the 4cyl engine. Will it do the job? I don't plan on getting much larger in the near future as far as machines/business go. My other vehicle is a 1997 Subaru Legacy GT which has AWD but more HP than the Ford. Any opinions, ideas? Or should I look into the used car market for something different...?
    - BD
  2. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    a 5X8 would be fine for that. get a trimmer rack and a cage for the trailer and you will save room on the floor.

    Buy a bigger truck...
  3. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    So the Ranger will be no good for the job? Or can I "wing it" until I can actualy afford something bigger?

    - BD
  4. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    They Ranger will be fine, even the Subaru will work with a trailer hitch.
    If you try to go bigger and become more professional, just get a good looking, dependable truck with good lettering on it. You are carrying less than 1500lbs I would guess, so you arent really putting much of a load on your pull vehicle.
  5. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Cool, that is what I was hoping. I'm currently on the fence of where I'm going business wise - since graduating I've been splitting time doing yards/landscaping and computer/network consulting. I would ultimately like to run a company for each, but we shall see.

  6. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    i have an s10 and will work for my uncle when he goes away if he needs me to do his lawns...hes got a 12 footer and my truck pulls it with a 60in ztr and 36in walkbehind...ur ranger will pull a 5x8 with no problem but i would go with a 5x10 with 13in tires and a wood floor...even if u get another smaller mower ull be happ with it...but still go with the racks and a cage if u want
  7. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    With 5x8 trailer, Ranger can pull easily, you can pull a 52" Z with that too. My friend has this set-up and it works well as long as you have combined weight under 2000#.
  8. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Awesome, apreciate the replies too. Guess now I'll be looking for a 5x10ish trailer.

    - BD
  9. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    You might want to go bigger. At least try and go for a 6'6 X 12 trailer.
  10. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Also, this may sound dumb, but just make sure you properly secure your equipment to the trailer, and distribute the weight properly. You dont want to put a ZTR on the rear of the trailer!!!!!!!!

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