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Need advice: Utility trailor
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Tom A    Posted 06-04-2002 at 08:52:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Been looking for a small trailor for around the place...I've been bringing hay in for 3 years using one of those little garden carts that goes behind a lawn tractor. Takes a lot of trips to bring in a ton of hay! :-)

Anyway, I saw a 6x10 general purpose trailor up the road with a for sale sign and the price ain't bad. Not perfect, but better than what I have.
It has a regular ball hitch on it, though, and I'm not sure how well that'll work hitched to my 8N tractor. I have lots of hills and am not really sure about how well it will articulate and hold up hauling a load of hay.

What do you smart folks think, is a ball hitch ok or should I look for a different trailor, or buy this and switch the hitch?

thanks,
Tom


Dennis    Posted 06-04-2002 at 19:52:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom,
I go to Farm and machinery auctions almost every Saturday and I see a lot of flatbed farm trailers
and hay trailer setups (ie: Frames and axles and wheels go for low low prices. 100.00 to 225.00 AVG.
Maybe you could try that if you have auctions where you are.
Dennis


TomH    Posted 06-04-2002 at 19:00:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep an eye out for a flat bed wagon. The running gears alone usually go for about $200 around here, maybe a little more if the bed is still usable. Rough cut lumber is fine for rebuilding the bed if necessary, or you could go first class and use pressure treated. Most wagon gear can be adjusted for the desired length (an 8N would probably do well with a 14 ft wagon).

Wagon is much nicer than a trailer because you can unhitch it even when its fully loaded.


Screaminghollow    Posted 06-04-2002 at 13:06:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like a deal if its the right price. What is the GVW? I have a three utility trailers, a 4x6 which is good for only about a half ton, price $45. with a title at a yard sale, my lawn tractor can haul it. I was given a 4x8 trailer w/tilt deck, but it only has a 2,800 lb capacity and weighs 300 empty. When I first bought this place I bought a 16 ft trailer with a 7'6'' x 13'6'' deck. It has dual axles and a GVW of 8,000 lbs. It weighs 1,200 lbs. I can haul tons of hay, stone, brush, firewood etc with it, behind my truck or 8n. I can also haul my 8n and implements in it. I use the big trailer the most, BUT I learned the scary way, not to haul heavy loads down hill behind the 8n. even in 1st gear and the brakes, (with good tires) it slid out of control on grass and mud. I don't know what kind of hills you got, but I make sure I don't drive straight up or down with a load.


Tom A -- I was too late!    Posted 06-04-2002 at 14:21:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Apparently he sold it early this afternoon. Oh well...


Tom A -- thanks    Posted 06-04-2002 at 11:31:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the info! Sounds like it will work for what I need. I've already got the stays for the drawbar as I drag my baler around with it...just gotta buy a ball.

I'll give him a call and maybe haggle on the price. He's asking $475 (tilt axle) and although all the tires are brand new, if new trailers can be had for $575, I'm thinking maybe something less for a pretty-well used one would be fair.

thanks again!


Sam (MO)    Posted 06-04-2002 at 10:18:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom

I use a 6 x16 ft trailer with a 2" ball. In central MO it's faily hilly and I use a 1949 H to carry my hay to and from the barn. I haven't had any problems carring 100 bales.

Sam


Dennis    Posted 06-04-2002 at 09:25:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My 6x10 single axle is rated 3,000 lb and has a two inch ball. I use it for all kids of things on our place. I hitch it to my JD 1010 but I have the ball setup on it already.
FYI, my trailer cost me $575.00 New, Factory Made,
and is tilt also/15" wheels.


Jim(MO)    Posted 06-04-2002 at 08:58:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use a trailer with a ball hitch frequently. Fortunatly my N came with a swinging drawbar as they are a little pricey to buy. You can also use a 3 point drawbar with stays to keep the bar down, N doesn't have down pressure. A drawbar lock is needed too, keeps the bar/ball from twisting. This setup is cheaper than the swinging hitch type.


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