A trailer is one of the first things you have to have when you get serious about your lawn care business.
The great thing about a lawn trailer vs. just a truck is you can drop the trailer at the end of the day and still have full use of your truck.
There are two types of lawn trailers to consider for your lawn care business.
There are open trailers or enclosed trailers.
You don't have go out and buy a new trailer. Trailers hold their value and it's very hard to wear out a lawn trailer.
With a little cleaning and some new paint you can make most any trailer, that's in decent shape, look brand new again.
Here's a few things to check for when looking to buy a used lawn trailer:
Worn out wheel bearings
Bad wiring for lights, etc (or no wiring at all)
Worn out tires
A way to lock the tongue of the trailer
Trailers that have low side rails make it a easier to load and unload equipment but the low sides don't offer very good equipment security. If your trailer will be sitting out in the open I would definitely consider locking down all of your equipment.
This is one thing you don't have to worry about if you have an enclosed trailer.
One add on you may consider, that's absolutely fantastic, is a "gate lift assist".
What this does is make the gate feel very light and open and close easily.
The way this works is there's a spring loaded cable that attaches to the gate.
It doesn't matter if you're opening or closing the gate. It "helps", and therefore makes it so you can open or close your gate literally with one finger!
I started with what turned out to be a trailer that was too small. I wouldn't buy a single axle trailer and I wouldn't buy one without electric brakes. Take this advice for what it's worth but if you buy a trailer that's too small, you will regret it sooner rather than later.
When setting up your trailer you also should think about putting signs on the sides and on the rear gate.
You will get business this way.
To me looks are important. I think it's hard to ask top dollar when you look like you don't have a dollar to your name. If you have clean, nice looking equipment you can ask more. You look like a professional and you will be treated like one.