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01-09-2011, 04:25 PM
hello, my name is Caleb i am 19 years old. I am going to start a lawn care company in the spring so i joined the forum.

i mow our grass with a 42 inch troybilt ztr , shindiwa string trimer, and i recently bought a stihl blower. I have welding skills so i am going to build a trailer soon.

01-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Welcome to our forum!

What kind of trailer are you going to make? Can we see your design? I'd love to see some pictures as you work on it.

01-09-2011, 06:07 PM
the trailer will be a 10 x 7 tilt single axle using 2 x 2 angle 3/16 thick with 16 inch tall rails using 1.5 inch square tubing the floor will be pressure treated wood 2 x 8s im not sure on a A frame or a straight tounge

the reason for being 7 feet wide is when i upgrade mowers i will not have to change trailers and its not that big of a price diffrance

im working on a drawing

01-09-2011, 06:21 PM
You may want to go with a 12 foot dimension. As you grow the need may arise where you will want to carry 2 ztr's mowers plus a walk behind.
Measure the length of your ztr and then double the length, add on room for a walk behind and give an extra foot besides. My personal experience is that A frame tongue would be better. I had a straight tongue and it cracked in half.

01-09-2011, 11:09 PM
Agreed on the extra length suggestion.

I'm just starting out and I picked up a 5x8. Damn, that thing is small when you put a few things in it. I wanted to go with an 8' or 10' due to parking issues in my driveway, but if I didn't have that as a consideration, I'd have jumped right in with a 12' trailer to start. You may have situations where you need to haul away debris - will it fit with your equipment?

01-11-2011, 02:58 AM
im working on a drawing

I'd love to see it when you have something to show.

01-14-2011, 09:01 PM
Here is an update .

Trailer plans.

Metal comes in 20 foot lenghts so im still going to do a 10 x 7 with 16 inch sides the ramp 7 x 6

I have decided to do a ramp instead of a tilt because for two reasons.

1. Weight - I will eventualy build a cage on the front of the trailer and the weight of trimmers, blowers, gas cans, tiller and Self propeled push mower wont let it stay tilted for .

2. Signs - With having a 6 x 7 foot space it seems like a nice place to put a big siqn.

Materal list

2 x 2 x 3/16 angle 90 feet frame 2 - 10' sides 10 - 7' Crossbembers 15 in oc
1.5 x 1.5 x 3/16 angle 47 feet - ramp 2 - 7' 5-6'
expanded metal 2 3x7
2x6x10 pt wood 14
1.5 16 ga square tubing 47 feet - rails
1.5 x 3 x channel 20 feet

Business Plan.

Name : Moss Lawn Care

I am working on what my flyers will say , I am looking in to what insurance and license, then i will have bussiness cards made.

Services would be Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Planting, Mulching, Debris leaf and snow Removal pruning and making flower beds.

01-16-2011, 02:35 AM
Do you have any drawings you could show us of your future trailer?