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    Its been awhile since Ive posted as I landed a fulltime job. I still want to start a lawn care business and since Ive been getting regular paychecks, in the last 2 weeks I have purchased a new trimmer and a new blower.

    My dilemma is I drive a 2 door scion tc and Im having a hard time figuring out how to haul the mower. I could spend 170 and install a trailer hitch and either

    A. Save up the money for a 4x8 trailer and go against every manufacturer warning against towing anything or..

    B. Spend another 150-200 on a hitch cargo carrier but Im not sure if they make them wide enough to fit a push mower on.

    Im so motivated to get my business going and acqquiring a truck is out of the question right now. Can anyone give opinions please? I'd appreciate it!

  • #2
    If this guy can haul a mower, I'm sure you'll figure something out.
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    • #3
      Do you have a Harbor Freight anywhere near you?

      I bought this because the average cargo carrier isn't wide enough for a mower to fit...




      Here's a link to the product.



      I think with a sale price and a coupon I paid $179 for it and it's probably the best spent money thus far. I can haul my mower into the city without needing to drag my trailer with me. I didn't want to remove my truck cap just to haul a freaking push mower (mower won't fit inside), and besides, I'm too lazy to be lifting a 97 lb mower in and out of a truck all day. A carrier with a RAMP was just the ticket!

      Good luck!



      ETA:

      My big-a$$ 2 stage snowthrower fits on it as well!








      and so does my chipper/shredder...





      and you can carry other stuff as well...

      Last edited by Hedgemaster; 07-09-2011, 08:32 PM.

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      • #4
        Does the Scion have a receiver already?

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        • #5
          Does the Scion have a receiver already?
          No, it does not. I would have to buy one from etrailer.com for almost 100 bucks. Plus some drilling is required on the frame for bolt on.

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          • #6
            Do you have a Harbor Freight anywhere near you?

            I bought this because the average cargo carrier isn't wide enough for a mower to fit...
            That is exactly what I need! There is a harbor Freight about 50 miles from me. Thank you so much for the info Hedgemaster!

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            • #7
              I'll just have to watch the tongue weight as it's only rated for 200 lbs.

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              • #8
                I'll just have to watch the tongue weight as it's only rated for 200 lbs.
                From the product info page...
                Shipping Weight: 65.55 lbs.
                66 lb carrier plus the weight of a push mower should be well below 200 lbs.


                Heh. I wasn't sure what the thing weighs. I can carry the thing when I remove it to haul my trailer. It's awkward as heck with the ramp on there though.
                I replaced the ramp hinge bolts with locking hinge pins so I can pull them out to remover the ramp, making it easier to carry. That said, I rarely do that any more.
                I added plywood because the open floor made it tough to keep the mower where I wanted it. I just use tie-downs to secure it.
                The thing is a bit of a pain to assemble, but not impossible. If you've ever assembled any "furniture in a box", you can relate.

                Make sure you call to see if they have one in stock before you drive 50 miles. (and be sure to use the 20% off coupon!)

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                • #9
                  (and be sure to use the 20% off coupon!)
                  I cant seem to find the 20% off coupon...it says theres a sale through the 10th but I wont be purchasing it within that time frame.

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                  • #10
                    Have you set up an online account with Harbor Freight yet? I believe shortly after I did I received sales info. as well as coupons in my email. Hedgemaster did your coupon come from email or a flyer?

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                    • #11
                      haha..I "liked" HF on Facebook and now theres an add right on this page.."BUYONLINE20" is the coupon code....wonder if it will still work in a few weeks.

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                      • #12
                        expires on the 15th, I recommend revisiting the site when you're ready and they'll link you another coupon

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                        • #13
                          Have you set up an online account with Harbor Freight yet? I believe shortly after I did I received sales info. as well as coupons in my email. Hedgemaster did your coupon come from email or a flyer?
                          We get HF ads in the mail on a regular basis since there are multiple locations around Pittsburgh. They are usually found in with the other coupons or in the Sunday paper coupon section. I have bundles of them paper clipped at home and in the truck.

                          I've not signed up online, nor have I joined the "saver club" or whatever it's called, but the 20% off coupon is a regular thing. I've seen that same cargo carrier "on sale" for $199 for months and months now. I think SOME of their "sales" are just a way to get people to buy sooner than later, as they never seem to "expire".

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                          • #14
                            A truck is the way to go Sorry.

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                            • #15
                              My dilemma is I drive a 2 door scion tc and Im having a hard time figuring out how to haul the mower. I could spend 170 and install a trailer hitch and either

                              A. Save up the money for a 4x8 trailer and go against every manufacturer warning against towing anything or..

                              B. Spend another 150-200 on a hitch cargo carrier but Im not sure if they make them wide enough to fit a push mower on.
                              Why not get a hitch and install it yourself and save for a trailer.

                              Check and see the difference in price between a cheap trailer and one of those harbor freight attachments.

                              If the difference is slight, the trailer will allow for more growth than the harbor freight attachment.
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