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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Lawn Mower Trailer

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Lawn Mower Trailer

Do you operate, or are you planning to start a lawn care service? Have you given any thought to picking out the perfect lawn mower trailer for your business? It sounds like a silly question, I know, but surprisingly, most lawn care professionals agree that the right lawn mower trailer is one of the keys to a successful lawn care or landscaping business. In this article we will talk briefly about the functions of the lawn mower trailer, along with some tips to help you choose a quality trailer which is right for your business.

The Lawn Mower Trailer

A lawn mower trailer, like other types of trailers, is a hauling attachment that is pulled behind your vehicle. It is the place where you will store not only your lawn mower while traveling from site to site, but also your other lawn care equipment as well. Owning a lawn mower trailer not only frees the bed of your truck up for other purposes, it also allows you to easily maneuver your mower in and out at the various jobs, without having to constantly hoist your very heavy pieces of equipment in and out of your truck bed.

Types of Lawn Mower Trailers

Basically there are two types of lawn mower trailers, although as you might guess, these trailers do come in a variety of sizes. The first type is an open trailer. An open lawn mower trailer has no roof, only four sides with a removal tailgate. The second is called an enclosed lawn mower trailer. An enclosed lawn mower trailer is, well, enclosed, with four sides and a roof. Naturally enclosed trailers are larger than open trailers, at least in height, as they would need to be to accommodate all of your equipment.

Open lawn mower trailers tend to be more convenient at job sites due to their easy access, but not surprisingly, they create a bit of a hassle once the jobs have concluded for the day. After all, unless you want your equipment to be stolen, you’ll need to put it in a secure place overnight, a process which will take a little extra time each day. With an enclosed trailer, as long as you have a secure lock, you can leave your equipment loaded overnight.

Buying a Lawn Mower Trailer: What to Look for

Unless you’re independently wealthy (which in this case would mean you REALLY LOVE GRASS) there really is no need to purchase a brand new trailer. Lawn mower trailers tend to hold their value fairly well, and you can usually pick up a slightly used model at a fraction of the cost of a new one. However there are some things you should inspect before you fork over your dough. These include:

  • The Tires. New tires can often cost more than a new trailer is worth, so check for unusual wear before you buy.

  • Electrical and wiring. Your trailer must be equipped with tail, brake and backup lights; it’s the law. Inspect the wiring and the bulbs carefully before buying.

  • Safety Chains. The safety chains help to insure that the side and/or rear gates will hold fast when the trailer is in motion.

  • Trailer Lock. This is an area that is often overlooked and can cost you a bundle to repair. Make sure that there is a way to lock the trailer to your hitch, if there’s not, either move on or ask the seller to repair it prior to the sale.

The proper lawn mower trailer can make all the difference between a successful and sub-standard lawn care or landscaping business, so before you buy, take extra care to ensure the trailer you seek is in good working order and can handle the tasks for which you will soon ask it to perform.

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