Lawn trailer modifications.

In general any equipment you buy can be customized and altered to better fit it’s use. Lawn care trailers are no exception to this. There are plenty of bland flat bed trailers out there you can buy but after using them for a bit, you may find options you would like add. That is exactly what this entrepreneur did with his trailer and he shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the results of his labor.

One lawn care business owner wrote “with all the hand tools I have bought lately I wanted somewhere to lock them up besides just having them lay in the bed of my truck. It just makes it too easy for stuff like that to grow legs and walk off.

So I decided I would build a cage for the front of my 6′x12′ trailer. The cage is 54″ tall and 80″ wide. The cage part is 24″ x 24″ x 80.” The whole thing sits atop the 12″ tall side rails on the trailer and is secured with grade 8 bolts. The hinges I used for the door are tamper proof.

Today I finished welding up the frame for the cage. Everything was nice and square until I decided it needed more welds. Should have left it well enough alone. The door bows in along the bottom now after I welded the hinges to it. Also has a bow at the top where I welded up the hasp for the pad lock.

The legs are twisted at the bottom from side to side so the look like \ \ from the top. The odd part there is they twisted equally from front to back. So that at the front of the cage across the trailer you get 80.5″ and from the back of the cage across the trailer you get the same measurement.

As far as putting the mesh on the frame of the cage, that part went well. The only hick-up was I miscalculated how much I would need to box in the two 24″ x 24″ ends. I had to use two pieces to do those on each side. 19″ x 23.5″ and 5″ x 23.5.” The largest scrap pieces I had were not wide enough to get it in one piece.

After all that I painted it semi-gloss black to match the trailer. I have about $230 in materials. Two solid afternoons of work in it.

Looking at it for a bit, I got a few ideas and added a pretty slick feature to it. I went down to local big box hardware store and got a bunch of eye bolts. I was thinking about just using bunjee cords and hooking them into the holes in the mesh. That just seemed too hard to remove so I needed a better way. With the eye bolt, I have a nut and 1″ wide flat washer with a 1/4″ opening on one side, then on the other side same flat washer again, split washer and a nut.

Now I have the ultimate in unlimited choices to put hooks in the cage to tie things down.”

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