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Some time ago I posted a picture of my Pow'rmax towing a military trailer. It looks cool alright but not very practical as I soon discovered while recently hauling some firewood. So now I would like to look into getting a garden type trailer. I checked out the ones that Sears has but they are very flimsy. One good size rock would probably fall through it. Seems to me that a tailgate is essential and one that could tilt up for dumping would be helpful. Any suggestions?

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cwm1276
I suggest a newer trailer designed to pull garden tractors with. Most have a tilt bed for loading tractors. Some have sides, or least stake pockets to make sides. My dad uses just a flat bed one, big enought pull with the a truck to haul the tractor somewhere, then in the yard pull the same trailer with the tractor.

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HubbardRA
If I were building a trailer, I would want the floor to be about the level of my knees. You can then get things into and out of without climbing into the trailer or having to bend over too far to pick things up out of the trailer. I like removable sides for hauling odd shaped objects. I have also found that a one foot tall side is adequate for most of my uses, and also makes it easy to reach over and pick up items. I have a tandem axle trailer configured as I said above. I have found it to be the most convenient, and easy to load and unload, of any trailer that I have ever used. I also have a trailer made from a truck bed. It always requires that someone climb into it to load or unload almost everything, and the sides are too tall to reach over. I hardly ever use it.

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john-holcomb
I gave up on the purchased ones and built my own dump trailer out of 10-gage steel. I used large 8 inch wheels with floatation tires and 7/8" axle. The tilt frame is 2 x 3 x 1/8 tube. I have used it for about 10 years and hauled as much as a full yard of rock [about 3000#] with no problems. In todays world materials would cost around $200 the total unit weighs about 275#

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Morris
Bees, how big a trailer do you need? I have seen converted wheelbarrows, but they are only good for small uses. You might wind up paying more in parts than it's worth to build one. Harbor Freight Tool & Equipment sells several trailer kits from 189.00 on up. These are designed for highway use, but the smaller ones might be good for yard use too...4 feet wide x 6 long, I think, and I might have seen one that was 4 x 4.

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Like this one Morris? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=47845 I don't know if it tilts but constructing sides for it would be easy. And as Rodney suggests it can also serve as a flat hauler.

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ehertzfeld
I have a Sears garden trailer that is high impact plastic. It is made by Rubber Made. Let me just tell you, the thing takes a beating!!!!! If you just want a small one, "it's about 4x2 ish" I would look for one like mine. Oh it has a removablr tail gate and dumps aswell. Elon

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Elon - Do you have a picture of it to post? I checked Sears website and couldn't find a plastic garden trailer with a removable tailgate.

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Mick14
I had oneof those rubbermaid trailers,,very tough little unit,now i use one of the 4x8 road-usable ones,i can bring the tractor to a job,then hook the trailer to the tractor,1000 lbs.cap. so it'll handle pretty much every thing i need it to.i have the ramps mounted in the stake pockets,so the ramps are also the sides,

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ehertzfeld
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Originally posted by Beeser
Elon - Do you have a picture of it to post? I checked Sears website and couldn't find a plastic garden trailer with a removable tailgate.
I got mine from Ebay a few years ago. I don't think Sears sells them any more. I have a new computer and didn't take out all my picks from the old one yet. There are way too meny in there. I'll take one tomarow morning and post it tomarow night. Elon

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ehertzfeld
I did a Google search and came up with this. I didn't realize that they were so much $ I payed $50 for mine. They still make them, but I didn't read were they are sold. Here is the web site. http://www.rcpworksmarter.com/rcp/products/detail.jsp?categoryID=507&subcategoryID=546&rcpNum=5660

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wasmeneh
I bougt one of the Sear's trailers that's made out of Black Poly and is shaped like a large wheel barrow. Very tuff but the tire could be better. I moved 16 tons of Rip Rap with it and a Johnny Bucket last spring (had to move the rock about 150 yards). Took a real licking and keeps on ticking. As I recall I paid about $130 for it and it was well worth it. Mike

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ehertzfeld
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Originally posted by wasmeneh
I bougt one of the Sear's trailers that's made out of Black Poly and is shaped like a large wheel barrow. Very tuff but the tire could be better. I moved 16 tons of Rip Rap with it and a Johnny Bucket last spring (had to move the rock about 150 yards). Took a real licking and keeps on ticking. As I recall I paid about $130 for it and it was well worth it. Mike
Mike check out the link right above your post, the price has gone up a bit. lol Yes there are a very tough little trailer. Elon

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Guest
I think Mike is referring to another plastic cart at Sears, which is still available. I don't think it has a removable tailgate though

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wasmeneh
The one I bought is like a tub, just like a wheel barrow. It does dump though and does work well for all my hurricane clean up and moving rock around. If you put some sealer on the bottom bolts you can even mix cement in it. Mike

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comet66
I believe one of the older snowmobile trailers can be had pretty reasonably used. They can haul your tractor, or be hauled by it, and are tilt bed. They tow well, are a good height for loading most anything, and many even have the stake pockets built in right in from the factory.

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dhardin
I made a 4 wheel wagon from a old garden tractor frame. I use it all most every day. I think theres a pic in my profile still. Looks a lot like the pic in msiebern post. Had a weenie roast this week and used the wagon to haul the wood (with sides on), then we took a ride in the neiborhood. The wagon carried 6 adults, 1 child (no side boards)

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Bruker
I've used one of these for years. With plywood bottom and sides and a ball mounted to the back of my mower. http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&productId=7262&R=7262

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Karl_Brandt
Several years ago I had my cousin build me two dumping trailers for my garden tractors.^The wheels and axles are from a 1981 ford escort car.The other trailer is smaller and manual dump.;) This trailer has 4x8 tires and 3/4 inch axle.

Karl [url]www.simplicityva.com[/url]

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