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tha5150
02-14-2012, 09:29 AM
Just got it, 5x10. very bare and no setups for anything. Looking to turn it into a hook n go ready with everything needed. Meaning, dont have to put everything in it and tie it down when i leave in the morning.

rake holder, string holder, etc etc.

all i have is the 4 rack setup i just welded to the front. which i like vs the side due to it being out of the way.

here is what i am working with.

The day i got it.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Cm8T_KxHZns/TygrSnIfjII/AAAAAAAAtb4/4uBW_6zw2LQ/s800/IMG_0023.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VrEA4ZX3nzI/TygrTTYhYEI/AAAAAAAAtbw/pUwKrO6ldmY/s800/IMG_0022.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tl5htnOpo_E/TygrUuyWXgI/AAAAAAAAtYs/jFS1UM954lQ/s800/IMG_0020.JPG

This is the rack (obviously) and a friend is getting some metal cut from his yard and we are going to add a few braces to help secure it from wobbling around.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ok69MIgN0Vw/TzpwUfvJjUI/AAAAAAAAtdQ/q7QqNiLb4a8/s640/IMG_0048.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PMWTW6CjGRU/TzpwTBykb-I/AAAAAAAAtdA/uTJ1hrOI9jU/s800/IMG_0046.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-aA75mkPI_lQ/TzpwR3prROI/AAAAAAAAtcw/tCOpz9XU_n0/s640/IMG_0044.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wyvGF98yMEg/TzpwR12zR2I/AAAAAAAAtc0/i5qCP8cBCeE/s640/IMG_0043.JPG

Keep in mind, i have yet to get any account. just starting out. This whole setup was a trade for a boat i had. came with 6x12 enclosed that needed work and traded that for this trailer, with 2 racks. only installed 1.

Thinking of the cage type metal i could weld to the inside to keep things from falling out. the honeybomb looking stuff. forgive my ignorance and loss of words. This isnt a priority, accounts are. but i need to add a little more to this trailer since i will not be using a truck and not be able to put things in the SUV while out.

stevef1201
02-14-2012, 09:43 AM
Wow!
Looks just like mine!
I have put a rack on for weedeaters, and water keg.
Also a place to mount my blower. I am working on putting a 'Box" across the front (raised up so I can get the mower under) for tarps gas cans etc.

I like my 10 footer ( especially since it was FREE, just had to replace a broken axel - 200 bucks.)

tha5150
02-14-2012, 09:48 AM
post a picture of your blower holder please. as for the box up front, this is somethig i want to do also. that would be a perfect spot for tools, blades, etc etc.

still thinking about some sort of gas can setup though. i have a 5 gallon and 2 gallon.

jymie
02-14-2012, 10:31 AM
Thinking of the cage type metal i could weld to the inside to keep things from falling out. the honeybomb looking stuff. forgive my ignorance and loss of words. This isnt a priority, accounts are. but i need to add a little more to this trailer since i will not be using a truck and not be able to put things in the SUV while out.

Actually, you could use u bolts to anchor the metal mesh around the parallel bars. That way if you want to remove them, you can easily.

tha5150
02-14-2012, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the tip. Would this be wasted money or a huge advantage?

How much is this stuff?

bruces
02-14-2012, 10:40 AM
Why did you not mount the trimmer rack onto the tongue and use the upper rail as a second support ?I can see you having issues with the uprights breaking right at the bottom . ,besides it looks like only shaque could get the upper trimmer off the rack from ground level .
the metal you are thinking of using is called expanded metal mesh ,and comes in a variety of shapes and thickness's .Also ,with no truck ,are you planning on installing a filler panel between the deck and top rail so you can haul debris without it blowing out of the trailer ?

jymie
02-14-2012, 10:45 AM
Maybe a better way to go, at least along the sides of the trailer is use plywood, you can treat the wood, attach them with the u bolts, maybe mesh along the front to reduce drag if its an issue at all.

tha5150
02-14-2012, 10:46 AM
a filter panel?

as for the racks, they are not high at all. top is maybe 6ft at most and will hold spare. also, the way the rack is installed on the top bar is because i want to put a toolbox just in front of the trailer, on the support brackets.

bruces
02-14-2012, 11:30 AM
a filler panel ,something to enclose the area between the top rail and the deck .

tha5150
02-14-2012, 11:48 AM
i mis read what you typed. thought you said filter, not filler. and yes, thats what i am wanting to do. or so that gas tanks, etc will not come out. or hedge trimmers or something that might be on the deck, strapped in but if the cord breaks, etc, there is a safety catch. OR... :confused: if someone forgets to secure something. . . . .

figured on Lowes (im sure there are cheaper out there) it would cost in upwards of $100 just in the mesh.

willshome
02-14-2012, 11:59 AM
What about mounting the rack on the side of the trailer facing in. that way if one falls off it falls in the trailer and you can mount a sign on it. Someone around here was telling me that the cops are checking trailers for anything that could fall off.

bruces
02-14-2012, 12:01 PM
a metal supply place would be a better choice ,they usually offer a shear service so they can cut it to fit for you easy enough .

tha5150
02-14-2012, 12:01 PM
The edger and trimmers are just over 5ft so the wont fit inside. i think this is my only option if i want a tool box up front. otherwise without the toolbox, the rack would be perfect lowered a bit.

CHEESE2009
02-14-2012, 01:16 PM
I love your set up! Here is mine with yours, not that different!

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m25/mad_insane/trailers.jpg

Hedgemaster
02-14-2012, 02:20 PM
Adding panels just to fill in the sides would be pretty simple and you can make them any height you wanted.

I don't have any racks because I keep my things in the truck bed, but I'll show you my trailer - maybe it will give you an idea you can work from...

As purchased...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5825.jpg

The previous owner just cut plywood and drilled/bolted it to the frame along the top rail - that's it. No other bolts and it's solid as a rock believe it or not.

Here's a closeup that shows the bolts protruding through the frame...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5812.jpg



It looked like hell, so I planned of replacing all the wood, but since it was already very sturdy, I decided to just "re-skin" it by adding new wood on the outside. I had waterproofing stain left over from my deck and after cutting to the size I wanted (I wanted the new sides to be a little taller), I stained the panels, and bolted them on. (after also having sanded/primed/painted all the metal)

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5851.jpg

I used eye bolts on the bottom row to give me more options when tying down tarps and such.

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5850.jpg


http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5853.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5855.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5863.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG2006.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/IMAG1255.jpg

tha5150
02-14-2012, 02:26 PM
Looks real nice! I would want something to only go to the top of the higher rail on the trailer though. no need for it any higher for me.

CHEESE2009
02-14-2012, 02:50 PM
What about mounting the rack on the side of the trailer facing in. that way if one falls off it falls in the trailer and you can mount a sign on it. Someone around here was telling me that the cops are checking trailers for anything that could fall off.

In theory it sounds like a great idea. Though, once you park your mower in the trailer, it's going to be a hassle to get to the trimmer(s) with the mower in the way.

tha5150
02-14-2012, 02:53 PM
good point, Cheese.

also, do you guys have a 2x4 for the back tires to go over even though you have the parking brake on? more of a safety thing?

also, what about rakes, shovels, etc etc. do you always keep these on the trailer? if so, how did you make a holder? i have seen pvc of course, single 1ft or more peices. also, i have seen a giant 8" or 1ft pvc in the corner and all go in together.

thoughts on this?

i really need to figure out a blower holder.

tha5150
02-14-2012, 03:02 PM
How would you guys make this more secure? add an angle bar on both sides, on the outside? use paint to show you what i mean..

other ideas?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PMWTW6CjGRU/TzpwTBykb-I/AAAAAAAAtdA/uTJ1hrOI9jU/s800/IMG_0046.JPG


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8nh4vmmpIDI/Tzq_RQY1gmI/AAAAAAAAteM/2_wUalsMSPM/s912/Untitled.jpg

willshome
02-14-2012, 03:08 PM
<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=120214_0000.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/120214_0000.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

I got my trailer like this with the sides built up (by the guy that had it last). it is great and and the $120 I spent on the 4 signs is money well spent you can read the number from across Home Depots parking lot. I lock the tailgate to make it harder to take things

<a href="http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/?action=view&amp;current=101114_102304.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii549/willshome/101114_102304.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

I would not fill the trailer like this again it's a pain to unload, I like doing it the same as "Hedgemaster" in the pic

bruces
02-14-2012, 04:06 PM
those little supports you have shown are really not going to help much .You need more support foreward and back as those are the biggest forces when rolling down the street .You have basically a 4 foot lever with a fourty pound load on it ,swaying fore and aft as you drive down the road ,it wont last and can damage your equipment or even fly off and kill someone .

Ducke
02-14-2012, 04:08 PM
Here's My Trailer.This was the day I got it, I have added a tool rack on the Curb Side and a tool box on the tongue and had the tail gate center filled in.
I am going to make a Side rail boxes for my Blower, Chainsaw and fuel cans.

http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4006&d=1308620590

bruces
02-14-2012, 04:22 PM
found this on another sitehttp://www.********.com/showthread.php?t=368276&highlight=broken+trimmer+rack

bruces
02-14-2012, 04:25 PM
I guess that didnt work .Anyways,the guys rack failed at the bottom,so he now needs a new rack and has expensive trimmer repairs to go along with it .

tha5150
02-14-2012, 04:33 PM
ok, i get it. i need to look at making it more secure or changing the mounting points. :mad:

CHEESE2009
02-14-2012, 05:15 PM
ok, i get it. i need to look at making it more secure or changing the mounting points. :mad:


Duct tape.

http://blog.united-academics.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/duct-tape-3m.256104841_std.jpg

Ducke
02-14-2012, 06:07 PM
or you could use baler twine too will fix everything or so say the old farmers.

http://imgusr.tradekey.com/p-3899984-20100312183726/baler-twine.jpg

tha5150
02-14-2012, 06:25 PM
hahah duct tape and twine huh?

Johnny_boy02
02-15-2012, 01:01 AM
If you are like me you will be wishing for a bigger trailer in a couple months.

I don't like the racks or where they are mounted. They shouldn't allow the trimmers to turn like that and I don't see a way to lock the racks.

tha5150
02-15-2012, 08:01 AM
if your talking about locking my trimmers, there is a lock at the bottom. middle bar swivels around with 4 bars on top, go over shaft. on bottom, this same piece meets a hole where you can add a lock.

personally, i like where they are, just needs to be more secure. still working on getting material to make this happen.

remember, it has not left the garage since i got all this 3 weeks ago. i have no accounts. still working on business cards.

willshome
02-15-2012, 08:25 AM
HOw much longer on the businesscards I just hope your not over thinking it. just get 250 $6 shipped and see how you like them. BUT you have to get them out there in peoples hands

tha5150
02-15-2012, 08:59 AM
trust me, i am with you 1000000%

i have someone on here that helped me out and a personal friend who has a design company. i have been waiting for my buddy to get back from vacation to get this done. just finished last evening.

sending to local print shop today and getting 1000 printed. it has been killing me not having them and just waiting to get started. i do have a full time job though, so it isnt like i am just sitting around, greasing the mower and waxing it haha

here is what i got.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DqFJj93Dzww/Tzu7uO1PljI/AAAAAAAAtes/PIHyOu_77bk/s912/AirborneLawns.jpg

Johnny_boy02
02-15-2012, 03:45 PM
if your talking about locking my trimmers, there is a lock at the bottom. middle bar swivels around with 4 bars on top, go over shaft. on bottom, this same piece meets a hole where you can add a lock.

personally, i like where they are, just needs to be more secure. still working on getting material to make this happen.

remember, it has not left the garage since i got all this 3 weeks ago. i have no accounts. still working on business cards.


I didnt see a way to lock them, glad it is there. Everything spinning in the racks would bother me and might cause wear and tear on your tools.

Placement is all personal preference.

As for accounts its still pretty early in the year, its good to be starting now and not July. Get on Craigslist and search "property preservation" all the companies that maintain foreclosures will be looking for people soon. 99% of my mowing business is foreclosed properties.

wandfsmall
02-15-2012, 05:03 PM
the lock could be a problem so watch your shafts for signs of it cutting or wearing them to the point of damage. Depending on travel time and road conditions it might not be a problem for you though.

tha5150
02-16-2012, 09:00 AM
you have a good point. it isnt too bad to where i think it could hurt anything. although i have been thinking of cutting the 4 bars that slide over an making it not so tight, then adding some sort of damper on the bottom/ maybe even just a piece of carpet or something on the 2 u bars that the trimmers rest on, before the lock slides over.

making sense?

wandfsmall
02-16-2012, 01:47 PM
you have a good point. it isnt too bad to where i think it could hurt anything. although i have been thinking of cutting the 4 bars that slide over an making it not so tight, then adding some sort of damper on the bottom/ maybe even just a piece of carpet or something on the 2 u bars that the trimmers rest on, before the lock slides over.

making sense?

the big issues I see are engines bouncing up and down bending the shafts on trimmer racks but I have seen racks wear shafts from sliding around.

tha5150
02-16-2012, 01:50 PM
take a close look at these photos. do you think they will be ok?
i sure do...

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-aA75mkPI_lQ/TzpwR3prROI/AAAAAAAAtcw/tCOpz9XU_n0/s800/IMG_0044.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wyvGF98yMEg/TzpwR12zR2I/AAAAAAAAtc0/i5qCP8cBCeE/s800/IMG_0043.JPG

wandfsmall
02-16-2012, 03:14 PM
honestly it is hard for me to say, I do not see the trimmer racks all the time just the trimmers:D I was just throwing info out to hopefully help you. I know some of the problem is the weight is hanging out causing the shafts to flex and wear so maybe it would be a good idea to support the engines.

TLC131
02-16-2012, 04:43 PM
I have trimmer racks too, it holds 3 trimmers. The brackets have broken twice (once an yr) so just a heads up. But they work great. I'm not sure what your decision was but you should get some boards to fill in between the rail and the deck, that's what I have and it's good for mulch and so things don fall out. Good Luck with finding accounts :)

Steve
02-17-2012, 02:10 PM
Ideally you want it to hold the trimmers nice and snugly. Can you maybe put some cushion where the trimmer meets the bracket?

Then, could you make another piece that you can lift up and slide on top of the bracket to hold it down when you are moving?

Here are a bunch of pictures. Also you might want to check this design on free patent online (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6619485.html).

tha5150
02-17-2012, 02:27 PM
I have a set of these. Holding 3 total. I like the other design much better though.

http://www.gopherforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4879&d=1329505736