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 01-27-2002, 11:13 Post: 35000
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In discussions we had talked about equipment trailers and their utility in house construction and general work round the farm.
For the tractor you need at least a 16 foot tandem axel trailer for normal road applications. Ideally the trailer should have brakes unless you are always pulling with a heavy vehicle. With the weight the vehicle should be equipt with a 5000-10000 lb hitch and reciever.
Here there are two basic 16 ft trailer types sold. One is more for the landscaping business and has a raised metal bar around the top. These use a light channel and the weight is also carried by the bar. These tend to be less money but many are really not designed for the weight of a small tractor. They sit as low as possible to allow the landscaping equipment to run up the ramps with the mower decks.
For utility it is better to go with a flat trailer. The trailer should have stake holes for sides if desired. The flat trailer allows you to place pallets and luumber skips on the tailer with a fork lift. My trailer has a dovetail and ramps which allow the tractor easy loading. You need to check the construction at least 8 inch channel iron is needed to carry the weight.
You need to ask what the load rating is on the axels. Often builder will use lower rated axels to save maney. You need 2 3500 lb axels. The tires on the trailer should be new often the trailer builder will use car tires from a wrecker. The axels may be able to handle the weight but regular car tires will not handle the weight.
Price - in this area I can buy a trailer like this for under 1200. I paid 900 for mine but made the mistake and got the old tires. A blow out resulted in more money spent a couple of years later.
A goose neck is better than the bumper pull. The main advantage is manuvering with the truck and ride on the road. With the compact tractor you can not pull it. The bumper pull allows you to pull the trailer and manuver it in tight spaces.
Example. Last fall I bought 100 bales of hay and loaded them in the barn. I hooked the trailer to the tractor (in 4x for stopping power) and took the hay around the barn to the loft. I backed the hay, up a ramp and into the barn to allow unloading (JD955 or JD750). The only problem was the three horse thieves pulling mouthfulls out of the bales.
Hope this helps as I think the most used tractor accessory for me has been the trailer. I use it at least every couple of weeks and it often sit at a construction site with material on it. The only problem is that I seldom get a chance to place it back in the barn.






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 02-17-2002, 17:35 Post: 35674
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I am looking at a Kubota L48 TLB that weighs in at 7760 pounds. My trailer has a posted weight limit of 8000 pounds. Does anyone have any input about loading this trailer so close to its max weight? Will use it to trailer tractor to job sites.






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With the trailer near the capacity there are a number of things you need to consider.
You need to make sure that you have proper weight distrubution between the tougue and the trailer axels when the trailer is loaded. I would recommend that you find the position required to place the proper tougue weight on the truck and then mark the position of the tractor on the trailer. You will need to hit the marks closely each time you load the tractor.
Bouncing or unloading of the tougue weight will have the trailer trying to pass you as you go down a hill.
Movement of the tractor when loaded (dynamic) can cause a problem, you need to make sure the tractor is secured down to the trailer.
Be careful not to add any additional weight on the trailer. No spare equipment!!!. Place it it the truck even if it requires you to lift it higher.
Check that your ball, reciever, and hitch can take the weigh required. A lot of recievers and balls are 5-6000 lb rated not 8000.






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Mike,

Usually the trailer manufacturers consider the trailer capacity to be the total combined capacity of the axles. Therefore, the weight of the trailer itself would have to be figured in. If the trailer capacity is 8000#, the trailer probably weighs about 1500#, so the net capacity for your tractor would only be about 6500#. At least that is the way the MFG's do it here in Missouri.

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