The upgrading of the ANP Services Spalding grass cutting machinery fleet leads me to seek a larger trailer for next season (2012). Unfortunately the high sided 6x4 Blue Line that I currently run is not longer large enough to meet all my needs.
The approximate size that I need is MINIMUM 10ft by 6ft.
I just wondered if anyone out there has an experiences of different trailer manufacturers to share? Apparently some 'Indespension' brand trailers are lightly built and can't stand the rigours of commercial work?
The roads in my area are appalling with pot holes, sunken manhole covers etc so running gear needs to be up to the job.
I was thinking something along the lines of this:
I think drop sides would be handier than fixed as I may need to move palletised items on occasion. High sides can be manufactured in my own workshop but a ramp rear tailgate would be essential for the big mower...
Anyone got anything to add into the mix for consideration??
i just upgraded my trailer to a 10x5ft6 ifor williams just putting cage sides on it
ive got an ifor 10x6 tipper ideal for tipping of waste and agreggates nice height to shovel of into the mixer i have a set of ramps for the ride on and loading a digger brilliant trailer very versatile, i take the sides of from time to time to have loads of hay on and pallets etc
Cheers Rowly, sounds like a good idea.
Rowly (Hatman) Hill said:
If you buy a tipper get a trickle feed power supply fitted to the battery from a secondary socket on the van.
Keeps the battery topped up and saves embarrasment at the tip:-)
Kieran Ray said:
Next year we are doing the same, but instead of getting a trailer we are getting a dropside or tipper and putting the mower on that, maybe a thought for you.
If you're buying new at least look at Brian James Trailers.
I have an 14'x6'6" Indespension and was looking at a new one(tipper), either Inde, Ifor or Bri James.
Brian James was by far the superior build. Quite a few innovative features that made it easier to use and a lot more durable too...
In the end I decided to wait and get a tipper truck instead...
Ive got 2 Indespension trailers, a 10x5 and a 12x6 (which im selling if anyones interested). Overall im very pleased with them but they do have one major design flaw, the lights stick out from the sides of the trailer and are very easily damaged, ive got so fed up with replacing/repairing them that i now just use a light board stuck on the back of the tailgate! Also, with the ramp tailgate you can drive a ride on straight on without the need for additional ramps.
With respect to above by Chris:
With the Inde flatbeds the lights are fixed into the rear, underneath the ramp.
Just an update to this discussion - I looked at many, many trailers over the months after I posted this. I ended up with a twin axle Indespension beavertail plant trailer with ramp tailgate. A little bit of creativity with wood, metal and brackets meant that I have ended up with drop sides and a higher headboard:
Didn't look quite like that when I bought it of course!
I managed to get a good deal on it, due to two tyres needing replacement, the brakes being seized off on one side and some smashed lights - all done now though and all that is left to do is to get some signboards made up for the sides.