How to Choose a Landscaping Trailer
There are many types of trailers that work well for landscaping jobs. If you are a pro landscaper, a trailer is a must have. Even if you are a hobbyist or homeowner who takes pride in his or her yard, a landscaping trailer can make your life so much easier.
Keep in mind that if your trailer is wrong for the job, (meaning it is the wrong type or weight class to handle the haul) you might be putting yourself and other motorists in a bad position. Knowing what you need to do to have a secure, reliable landscaping trailer will be on of the best things you could ever do for your landscaping work.
How to Choose Your Landscaping Trailer
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people try to save money by going with a size too small for the job they planned to do. It’s like trying to save money on shoes by going down a few sizes. It just won’t be worth it, and it just won’t work.
On the flip side, if you buy a trailer that is too big, (I know some people believe there is no such thing) you will just spend gas you can’t afford on a trailer you can’t store and ultimately don’t need.
Pick the correct size by asking yourself what you typically toe. Is it a pile of rakes and hoes? Is it six bags of fertilizer and two chainsaws? Take note of your biggest and smallest haul, and make sure the landscaping trailer you’re planning on can handle your biggest trip. Then measure your storage space and don’t go beyond that.
Axel Count for Landscaping Trailers
Most of the time, you will need just one axel. If you know you need a trailer that is 12 feet long, go with a two-axel option. This is important for support and stability.
The type of haul you do will determine the proper enclosure for your trailer. Depending on the type of job you do, you will need different types of sidewalls. Sometimes, you’ll see landscaping trailers for sale that are open air with a low railing surrounding the bed. Some have a walling made of metal mesh. Others might even be solid. You’ve got to refer back to your notes about what you usually carry and choose a walling that works best for that. You can save a little weight by not going solid wall if you don’t have too, but you don’t want gravel flying out between railing, either!
Split gates are a little rare, but they’re nice to have if you can find. A split gate lets you put down one half for a ramp while leaving the other half of the gate up. It might be just what you need.
If you’re buying a used landscaping trailer, check the condition. If there’s wood flooring, check for rot and termites and mold.Make sure all the lights work. Check the wiring for rust and erosion. Check all hinges for creaks and wobbles.
We love helping people and talking trailers here at The Trailer Parts Outlet. Get in touch with us if you have questions about your landscaping trailer.