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Posted June 07, 2014 - 03:24 PM

I have a little 5X8 trailer I built from a fold down camper. It has served me well for over 2o yrs.
Now my problem is that it is only 48 inched between the fender wells.
This prevents me from hauling my 318 with 50 inch mower or my bigMurray with the 52inch mower.
I have a property about 10 miles away and am getting to old to mow it with a push mower.
So need too find a bigger trailer. Since the 318 is getting tired and needs some work I am thinking of buying another machine and would be looking for another JohnDeere with a 54-60 inch mower. ( I will keep the 318 and fix it up some)
What I do not know is with the discharge snout and deflectors how much wider the mower decks would be? Which leads to my question , How wide a trailer would I need to accommodate a 60 inch mower?
and what are you using?

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 03:48 PM

My advice. Figure out a trailer that is the size you need then go one bigger.

Unless you have a small truck or no place to store bigger is better.

I have a 6x14 that ice had for a couple years. I actually don't own a truck right now big enough to pull it...
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Posted June 07, 2014 - 04:14 PM

I have three trailers, staring at 5x10 and going up to 7x16 and there are days when they are not enough. the trouble is no matter what you get you will find something that wont fit on there :wallbanging:, My suggestion is to go to the locale john deer place and measure there machines then shop around accordingly, then when you find one :iagree: with toomanytoys84 get one a bit bigger.

Edited by MH81, June 07, 2014 - 04:38 PM.

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 04:41 PM

I agree with Pete, do some measuring first to see what you'll need!  


I too, have three trailers, 4' x 8' Snowco, 6-3/4' x 10' and a 7' x 16'.  Had the 10' made when I got my 420 w/60" deck:  


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Turned out to be a good fit for the Gator too!  ~~  Lowell

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 07:22 PM

think about a car trailer - then you might be able to carry two garden tractors


remember here in Iowa total weight over 2000 lbs have to have electric brakes

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 07:56 PM

You need at least 72" to haul a 60 deck, and you will have to tie up the deflector chute. Add a powerflo to it, and you need 78".


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Posted June 07, 2014 - 07:59 PM

Yeah! Small car trailers go for little more than the Utility's and you can put TWO tractors on it if  you wanted. I have a 6 x 10 small one and wish it was a little longer at times. Only good for one tractor and little attachment space. Also have a big Equipment trailer 12,000 lbs, but is about same size as a cart trailer. Good for loading up with three tractors and lots of Swap Meet stuff each year, plus can handle full size tractor is needed.

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 10:43 PM

I had the opposite problem, no medium size trailer. So I went and bought one more recently, bringing the trailer count up to.... Five between Dad and myself. Funny thing is all mine are the medium sizes lol. His is 4x8 and 6.5x16. Mine are 6x10 open, 6x12 enclosed, and 5.5x12 tilt. You might say what the heck, three of almost the same size makes no sense. I have a Ford F150 and before that a Toyota T100. I built the 6x10 open for my Toyota, and it is a 2990 GvWR. Then after getting the Ford I added the enclosed trailer, who doesnt need one of those, it too being 2990 GVWR. Then I needed a trailer I could put the Farmall Cub on without overloading my truck by using Dad's heavy trailer, or my open 6x10. So I bought a 5.5x12 tilt trailer that sits low to the ground, has brakes, and a 5500 GVWR, making it one of the most versatile. Now, if I were in your shoes right now, what I would be looking to get would be a 6x12 tilt trailer with brakes. You will pay extra for brakes, but to be honest with you, they are worth having. The tilt is great for safety as long as you back the tractor on and the trailer is low slung. Yes you will pay more for that feature too lol. Definitely look for a trailer with an under sprung drop trailer axle with drum brakes (all you would need). You will not regret that under a tilt trailer, and you will also not drag your mower decks loading and unloading. You may drag the trailer in places though, if not careful. If money is an issue, you will probably want to consider the advice others have given in this thread, since I seem to have bad spending habits lol.
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Posted June 08, 2014 - 05:16 AM

Like the others I have multiple trailers. If I only owned one it would be a 6 - 6.5 x 10-12 trailer. What ever I could find in these sizes at a good price. An 8' trailer to me is just too short and too limited. The longer trailer is easier to back up, and you will find you need the extra space time and time again. Good luck!
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Posted June 08, 2014 - 05:43 AM

I never had a trailer of my own until a few years ago . It's a  5x10 Loadrite galv. one with a drop gate and also it tilts which makes a loading easy if needed .Now the draw backs lol .The trailer looked big but   I had to remove the deck off my son's  White 54" tractor , and when I put the Tri-trac on the metal bars for the drop gate wouldn't  close so binders where needed .  Here in Pa. trailers under 3000gvw (like this one )don't need state inspections which is a pita because there aren't a lot of places that do it and it's about $25 a year . For me anyway a 6 or 6 1/2 x 12 would have been better .

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:32 PM

I have a 4x8 trailer which is just about the minimum to put equipment on.  Just loading my Massey 12 with the deck takes up most of the area, the 42 inch deck JUST fits between the sides.  I can carefully pack one of my Gravely's on the back with the 12, but then the rear panel won't fit.  I did successfully load a Massey 12 and a Massey 8 sideways on the trailer, but that was before the Massey 12 was weighted for plowing.  I wouldn't try loading that trailer in that fashion now-a-days.


If I were able to buy another trailer, it would be around a 5 or 6 ft wide and 10 foot long.  It would also need to be rated to handle 3000 lbs and have a flat deck, the reason for this is that I would load the tractors from the side, where the 5 ft width will fit the wheelbase, and then allow about 3.5 foot for width (no mower decks) and that would allow me to squeeze 3 tractors onto one trailer, particularly useful if I can get to another plow day with my two boys.


I did rent one of the 6 x 12 trailers fro U-Haul, and you couldn't fit two tractors side by side across the 6 ft. width because of the side panels.  

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:40 PM

After reading this thread through again and thinking about it, I believe Cat385 has the best solution. Something in that size range could be very handy without breaking out a tandem axle trailer. Get the widest over 6' you can afford. Length of 10-12' would be good!

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 02:35 PM

I have an 80" x what started as a 12', I added 2' to the front and tapered it in so I didn't get clearance issues when turning, then welded the side rails and bulkhead in place. Looks like it was built that way and I can easily carry my 44" Simplicity zero turn and either of my tractors with a 60" deck with room to spare or a 6' mower.

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 02:54 PM

I have a smaller 5x10 and a large 22 footer. Neither is quite right. The smaller on will only hold one tractor unless you turn them sideways then you can get 3 or 4 on it depending on how big they are. The big boy I can hold about 10 on at once, but it is heavy (4000 pounds). I Usually wind up borrowing a friends 6x12 trailer if I have two tractors to pick up since Christine can handle pulling it and I don't have to wrestle them sideways.

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Posted June 08, 2014 - 04:31 PM

I just measured my 10' trailer, 77" between the fenders, I can haul the 314-317 & two of the 60-70-100 w/no deck at the same time. 16' is 82" between the fenders & will hold five tractors as long as the 420 isn't one of them.  ~~  Lowell

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