The best and worst of landscape trailers.

Finding the ideal sized landscape trailer can be tough especially for a new lawn care business that is working within a tight budget. You initially may desire to get a small enclosed trailer to keep all of your equipment in. You might think it would be great for transporting your mower as well as storing it but there are some issues you really need to consider before you buy one. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, functionality is more important than form.

One new lawn care business owner wrote ” I have been looking to expand my business and start hauling my mower in a trailer rather than in my pickup bed. One trailer I am looking at is an enclosed 5×8. But as I look at different trailers, I am not sure whether to get that or a 5×8 open model.

I am leaning more towards an enclosed trailer to protect my mowing equipment from the weather and theft. Plus, it’s a nice place to put your advertising!”

Enclosed Landscape Trailer

Enclosed Landscape Trailer

A second lawn care business owner shared “I personally have a 6×10 landscape trailer and I’ll be the first to tell you that they aren’t made for mowing. If you can find one with a great price, you may be enticed to buy it but I would bet you’d sell that thing by the mid season.

The problem with these smaller (5×8-6×10) trailers are the rear doors. They swing sideways and the rear doors do not act as a ramp to load and unload. This means two things. First that you have to mess around with ramps. Wait till the first time a ramp slips out from under you and down goes the mower. I had it happen last year. Do not park with the truck going uphill. Second is that the trailer isn’t built heavy enough to support a load using ramps on the back of the trailer. You’ll see stress starting to crack your plywood flooring.

Yes, enclosed trailers can be nice for some things, but 30-40 times a week messing with ramps will probably put the trailer up for sale and then you will be taking the money to get a larger trailer. So why bother, get the right one the first time and don’t mess with something that isn’t going to be ideal.

Open Landscape Trailer

Open Landscape Trailer

If you plan to have a walk behind and that zero turn you might want to check into a 6.5 x 12 open trailer. You can still have a single axle for this size and the only thing better is a 24 foot with side ramp.

The larger enclosed trailers, seem to be the ticket though. Ideally, you want one large enough to have a side door up front so you don’t have to climb over your mowers to get equipment stored in the front of the trailer, and you want one with a ramp style rear door. Both items in my mind are a must for mowing.”

A third lawn care business owner said “I had a 5′x8′ open trailer and it didn’t last me too long. My mower almost went through the floor since it wasn’t made for hauling lawn mower. It may look like a good trailer but I didn’t like mine. I think they are cheaply made. I would prefer a solid wood floor that can be replaced if needed versus a cheap metal mesh floor.”

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