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CanadayLandscaping
05-10-2011, 09:50 PM
Where can I find a good deal on Trimmer/Backpack Blower racks? Looking at jungle jim racks. Seems the reviews are really good from what I can find. I am open to suggestions though.

Steve
05-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Have you checked out craigslist or trailer racks (http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php?pageid=lawn-care-business-product-results&CategoryID=23&CategoryName=Trailer%20Landscape%20Racks&Submit=True) on ebay?

Ebay will definitely have them but you might get lucky finding something local on craigslist too.

Keep us posted.

CanadayLandscaping
05-11-2011, 08:25 PM
Have you checked out craigslist or trailer racks (http://www.gopherforum.com/index.php?pageid=lawn-care-business-product-results&CategoryID=23&CategoryName=Trailer%20Landscape%20Racks&Submit=True) on ebay?

Ebay will definitely have them but you might get lucky finding something local on craigslist too.

Keep us posted.

I have checked those sites, and have found a couple good deals. I just don't know what the good brands are, which one are better and why. It's a lot of money to put out for something you won't like, or doesn't work the way you want.

Steve
05-12-2011, 02:57 PM
We've heard a lot of positive comments on here about the Jungle Jim racks.

Each manufacturer seems to make them a little different, so I would just check out each of their features and make sure they work along with what you are needing.

Johnny_boy02
05-12-2011, 08:26 PM
I ordered some Jungle Jim stuff last night. When it gets here I will let you know my thoughts on quality, design, etc.

CanadayLandscaping
05-12-2011, 09:40 PM
I ordered some Jungle Jim stuff last night. When it gets here I will let you know my thoughts on quality, design, etc.

I appreciate it. I tried sneaking a peak at a competitors trailer and got the old stink eye. Not sure if it's because I was snooping at his racks, or the fact that 2 of his clients came to me.

wandfsmall
05-12-2011, 11:55 PM
we looked into carrying racks and liked the extreme racks setup the best. The systems was well thought out and high quality.

CanadayLandscaping
05-13-2011, 08:20 PM
Extreme racks? haven't heard of them yet, I will look into them. Thanks!

wandfsmall
05-13-2011, 09:25 PM
sorry should have put xtream racks by green touch.

here is the website.

http://www.trailerracks.com/XA102.html (http://www.trailerracks.com/XA102.html)

Johnny_boy02
05-16-2011, 11:35 PM
Extreme racks? haven't heard of them yet, I will look into them. Thanks!

They are really nice. I found them after I ordered the Jungle Jim stuff. I considered canceling my order and going with the extreme stuff but to get the setup I would want it would have cost significantly more than the Jungle Jim stuff. If I ever go to a trailer (I dont want to) I will give the extreme stuff a shot.

perry lawncare
05-19-2011, 09:19 PM
ive also heard alot of good stuff about rackem racks im putting them in my enclosed trailer

Done Rite Lawn Care
05-20-2011, 10:19 PM
Hey Canaday, Have you made a decision on which racks to go with?

CanadayLandscaping
05-20-2011, 10:30 PM
Yeah. I believe I am going to give the xtreme racks a shot. I've been doing a lot of reading. Jungle Jim's get great reviews, and so do xtreme by green touch. But I like the locking feature on the xtreme, and I like the no spin bracket.

Johnny_boy02
05-21-2011, 02:10 AM
My stuff got delivered today, for some reason to my dads house?... Hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow and check it out.

Johnny_boy02
05-21-2011, 10:39 PM
I didnt install anything yet but the JJ stuff looks good for the price. I would have liked to see all the seems welded up, but I trust that if they were breaking it would have been addressed.

I could have built the stuff I bought but the convince factor won me over. I do like the design of the Extreme stuff but they dont offer a single trimmer rack so for my application the JJ stuff is better.

I think you will be happy with whatever you get.

Here is a picture, obviously not installed yet.
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p283/johnny_boy02/2011-05-21190156.jpg

Done Rite Lawn Care
05-21-2011, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the feedback Johnny. Looks good.

CCL
05-21-2011, 11:13 PM
I use trimmer traps for my trimmers and I built my own backpack rack almost like the trimmer trap brand

jymie
05-22-2011, 11:09 PM
Yeah. I believe I am going to give the xtreme racks a shot. I've been doing a lot of reading. Jungle Jim's get great reviews, and so do xtreme by green touch. But I like the locking feature on the xtreme, and I like the no spin bracket.

I can vouch for the Extreme Trimmer Rack (http://www.trailerracks.com/XC104.html). I have the 4 slot model. The part I like most is they lock in and also you can move the latch and hold them in the unit as you drive so they do not fall out. The square backet keeps them from moving around in the holder to. A plus for me.

A 1 lawn
06-21-2011, 08:31 PM
been using jungle jims rack for over a year now,no problems and it works great!

CanadayLandscaping
07-08-2011, 06:23 PM
Alright, it has been awhile since I brought this topic up. After a lot of research, and trying to justify the cost, I finally purchased a trimmer rack (holds 3) and a Backpack Blower rack (holds 2). I decided to go with Jungle Jim Racks.

I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum and others, and I came across many post and stories that scared me away from xtreme racks. I came across 7 individuals that have had the motors shear off their shafts from the weight of the motor. I don't know if this is just a fluke thing, but it scared me enough to not order them. I spent a lot of money on my stihl trimmer, don't need my motor bouncing down the road.

I will put picks up of my truck and trailer when I get the racks.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-08-2011, 09:37 PM
Well I know you already bought your rack but I think most of those complaints and issues are few and far between witch makes me wonder if it has more to do with the trailer and the driving habits and conditions of the road. I just got mine put on last month everything looks great so far. Very little movement.

Let see some pics.

Steve
07-08-2011, 09:38 PM
I came across 7 individuals that have had the motors shear off their shafts from the weight of the motor. I don't know if this is just a fluke thing, but it scared me enough to not order them. I spent a lot of money on my stihl trimmer, don't need my motor bouncing down the road.

Any thoughts on why one rack system may do that while another doesn't?

CanadayLandscaping
07-09-2011, 07:47 AM
According to most of the people who had there trimmer dammaged, and those who chose not to use this rack for that reason. The theory is that it holds the Trimmer so tight in the rack, and holds it further down from the motor then some racks that the weight of the motor just causes the shaft to shear off. This is one reason why Green Touch started making the rack attachments that bear the weight of the motor.

I just couldn 't take a chance.

jymie
07-10-2011, 10:34 AM
I have had no issues with Extreme Trimmer Rack (http://www.trailerracks.com/). My guess is those people did not attach the square holders in the correct spots on the trimmers. I have had no issues at all with my trimmers, the trimmers do not move at all and I have had this rack since spring 2010. Or it is a another rack maker making false claims so people buy their stuff instead?

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-10-2011, 11:50 PM
Well I personally decided(since I already got the extreme rack) to get the engine support for it. But just in case anyone is on the fence about it the promo code ********1 still works to get, I think it was %10 off.

Steve
07-11-2011, 10:25 PM
Is there a picture or something of how the engine support works?

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-11-2011, 11:59 PM
It just clamps to the rack and braces under the motor giving actually better support then a normal set up.

CHEESE2009
07-13-2011, 03:30 AM
Why did I see this post....

I just ordered THIS (http://www.trailerracks.com/XA102.html)

LOL....

GEE THANKS GUYS, I'm out $175.45, not too bad!

Steve
07-13-2011, 04:24 PM
It just clamps to the rack and braces under the motor giving actually better support then a normal set up.

That looks like it would be very helpful.

GEE THANKS GUYS, I'm out $175.45, not too bad!

Let us know how it works out for you.

CHEESE2009
07-13-2011, 07:31 PM
Let us know how it works out for you.



The only problem I have so far (without having the product) is that it's yellow in color.

I'm stuck with a black truck and a yellow trimmer rack, a galvanized steel trailer.... ALL I WANT IS FOR EVERYTHING TO BE BLUE!!!! :D

Steve
07-15-2011, 08:15 PM
Can you paint it to fit your color scheme?

CHEESE2009
07-15-2011, 09:26 PM
Probably, but I'm far too lazy for that! LOL

CHEESE2009
07-21-2011, 03:35 PM
ALRIGHT!!!

Got my trimmer rack.


Bad:

No instructions came with it and I had been banging my head against the truck trying to figure out why I have so many pieces. I suppose they are spare parts, and maybe used for other trailer types. I could have downloaded the instructions from the website, but I expected them to be in the box.

The welding job is awful, I had to chip off quite a bit of weld in order for pieces to fit into each other properly. Doing this was not easy!

The parts that connect to the trimmer make me nervous. I'm scared they will break the shafts on my trimmers. So finding the right amount of tightness is crucial.

The process is kind of tedious when it comes to removing/storing the trimmers, etc. I'm sure this is just because I am not familiar with it. I'm also just wondering if you HAVE to lock it every time you go for a drive?

Carrying another set of keys around sounds annoying.

I am doubting it's stability. I have to rely on a couple of screws to hold up the trimmer rack. Makes me very nervous.

Washers aren't used on the box picture, though I really believe that washers would be a good thing... not sure if I should follow the box or not.

It arrived on time, but I was billed another $80 by UPS. U.S.A to Canada.

It came in it's original packaging, which is a peeve of mine. But I'm just a cranky a-hole anyway.

I only have one shot at putting the right holes in the trailer, so it's gotta be perfect. If i'm a CM off, the entire thing will be useless.


Good:

Anyway, assembly even without the instructions is pretty straightforward so far. However, I still didn't put holes in my trailer, so the rack is not useful yet.

It's not as bulky as I had thought, it doesn't take up too much space.

It looks cool.

I don't have to dig in the back of the truck anymore.

I will get all the ladies now with my trimmer rack, ladies love trimmer racks.

Ducke
07-21-2011, 07:42 PM
Post us some picture as your installing it Cheese.

CHEESE2009
07-22-2011, 02:02 AM
Post us some picture as your installing it Cheese.

LOL, it's in the shed collecting dust right now. In time!!!!

jymie
07-22-2011, 06:16 AM
Cheese, it is not necessary to lock it all the time. The lever you see on top of the rack must be turned after you put the trimmers in the rack to keep them from possibly falling out as you drive. I have found when hitting a pothole they can come out of the holder if the lever is not turned to hold them in securely. Also use a spray lubricant every so often to spray into each opening of the tube to keep it smooth turning. Over time, it gets tough to turn if you do not. Also I used washers to secure my rack for the extra strength.

CHEESE2009
07-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Also I used washers to secure my rack for the extra strength.

Nice! So I'm not crazy!!! WOOOO!!!

Maybe a little...

CHEESE2009
07-24-2011, 10:17 PM
THIS IS STUPID! LOL!!!!



There's no damn way to install this thing. The screws are too damn long and I can hardly get a nut on, the only way is to use my fingers (pretty impossible). I can't even use a socket wrench!

<a href="http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m25/mad_insane/?action=view&amp;current=damntrailerrackcrap.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m25/mad_insane/damntrailerrackcrap.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>


Oh and I can't put the screws on upside down

I didn't draw the trailer rack, just pretend the mount is between the screw head and trailer....

I can't lift the screws up and then put the nuts on, because well... you can't... :O

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-25-2011, 02:26 PM
Well that no fun to hear mine went on fairly easy. Is there a different place you can put them, a hardware store you can get shorter bolts, or do you know someone with ratch wrenches similar to these http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200381520_200381520

CHEESE2009
07-25-2011, 03:07 PM
The nightmare;

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m25/mad_insane/trimmerrack.png

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-26-2011, 12:37 AM
Ouch I hate to say it but you are probably going to have to move it to one side or the other on that support. The sucky part is you have holes there now.

Another option could be to cut the sides off that support to make room for your wrench.

CHEESE2009
07-26-2011, 02:10 AM
Ouch I hate to say it but you are probably going to have to move it to one side or the other on that support.


Holy crow, that idea slipped my mind. I'm sure it doesn't have to be directly over the support? Could be half on/off the support??!

Hmmmm..... good thinking... i could put water in the spare hole and every time i'm thirsty use a straw and drink "trailer water"... i think i'm on to something!

I'm trying to be positive, I hated putting holes in the trailer it's what, a year/ two years old? I don't remember.

Steve
07-26-2011, 04:37 PM
Can you use different bolts (non-carriage bolt) so you can use a ratchet from the top?

CHEESE2009
07-26-2011, 06:44 PM
I got it on, I'll post pics asap! Losing daylight here, haha!


Am I happy? Damn right I am...

Now just to remember how the locking mechanism works so I don't leave a trimmer trail behind me...

CHEESE2009
07-26-2011, 10:31 PM
For those who have my trimmer rack...

The attachments for the trimmer are my main concern... If they come loose, the entire system is failed.

Basically, the hook part at the head end of the trimmer; I tightened it on my trimmer shaft the other day and only after today's workload, I noticed a screw had gone missing... it loosened up and vanished. The hook was now able to slide around which is not good!!!

I think i'll just duct tape the damn thing on as a precaution!

MountainViewGreenskeeper
07-27-2011, 12:21 AM
Wow that really sucks that it came off like that. This unfortunately seems to be the rack from hell for you.

CHEESE2009
07-27-2011, 12:51 AM
Wow that really sucks that it came off like that. This unfortunately seems to be the rack from hell for you.

I told a customer:
"Now I don't need to hit my head on the truck digging for the trimmers"

One second later, I hit my head on the trimmer rack.... LOL

Steve
07-27-2011, 02:58 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

upstate
07-27-2011, 09:45 PM
I just bought the Extreme racks also am going to try and get them on next week, I'm going to put a fresh coat of black paint on my trailer so the new yellow racks will look even better, I also got the blower rack, I will try to get a pic of the whole set up when I'm done.

CHEESE2009
07-27-2011, 11:14 PM
I just bought the Extreme racks also am going to try and get them on next week, I'm going to put a fresh coat of black paint on my trailer so the new yellow racks will look even better, I also got the blower rack, I will try to get a pic of the whole set up when I'm done.


Good luck my brother. It shall be quite the task!

Though, I gotta say it's pretty nifty once it's done being assembled!


The locking mechanism is still a pain though, I'll never get it right....

firefightercfd
08-08-2011, 12:10 AM
Ya'll should look into the extensions that they sell for the racks. The extensions mound to the deck of your trailer and then to the inside of the rails. It is supposed to support the racks if you have a weak rail or round top rail. I think it would work great for you Cheese.

I have the original rack and have had it for years with no problems. I love them.

joe2025
04-17-2012, 01:58 PM
I've had the Extreme trimmer rack on my trailer for two years now and yesterday one on my trimmers snapped the shaft. I will not put anything in these racks again until I either buy the motor supports or make my own. Just had one on my trimmers fixed and spent $125.oo on it yesterday only to have one of the others snap a shaft. Can't wait to see how much a shaft is for it. I'm a little pissed that this happened because of the rack system. the supports should be part of the package and not an extra even if I had to pay more up front I would have to avoid this type of problem.

Have a picture of it but can't figure out how to post it here.

Steve
04-17-2012, 06:27 PM
Have a picture of it but can't figure out how to post it here.

When you reply, look below the text area for the gray Manage Attachments button.

There you can choose a file to attach. Let me know if you have further problems with it.

bennyhill18201
08-11-2012, 02:50 AM
When you reply, look below the text area for the gray Manage Attachments button.

There you can choose a file to attach. Let me know if you have further problems with it.

I have to upload my pic to like Facebook once there on Facebook I click on the pic and save it to my computer then when I want to post the pic on this site I click on the pic that I saved and then click on the Manage Attachments tab then the Pics upload cause there all ready re-sized so they will upload on the site.

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-13-2012, 03:16 PM
I've had the Extreme trimmer rack on my trailer for two years now and yesterday one on my trimmers snapped the shaft. I will not put anything in these racks again until I either buy the motor supports or make my own. Just had one on my trimmers fixed and spent $125.oo on it yesterday only to have one of the others snap a shaft. Can't wait to see how much a shaft is for it. I'm a little pissed that this happened because of the rack system. the supports should be part of the package and not an extra even if I had to pay more up front I would have to avoid this type of problem.

Have a picture of it but can't figure out how to post it here.

sorry to hear about the damage..The same day the rack was delivered to me and I put it on and saw the possibilty for damage to the shaft, I ordered the engine supports for it, I only used it for a couple days until they came and I put them on as well...It works great with them on and I agree they should be a part of the system without having to buy them extra...For all they are and the cost of the rack they could throw them in on the deal ...

joe2025
08-14-2012, 12:43 PM
Dougcaskey, It's not hard to see that you need the engine supports once you install the rack. I'm glad someone agrees with me on them being part of the package. I should have know better from the day I put them on. I have purchased the engine supports and love the system. The company did a great job with the design. Going to order the blower rack and trimmer string rack from them also. Good luck to you and pray we get snow this year. :)

LawnCareMan280
10-20-2012, 12:19 AM
Where can I find a good deal on Trimmer/Backpack Blower racks? Looking at jungle jim racks. Seems the reviews are really good from what I can find. I am open to suggestions though.

Look on ebay or craig's list that if you are buy a Home Depot go into lawn area and they might have trailer racks just ak them and they will find them