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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by sb47, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Husky Man

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    You have my permission to have as many as you like, PROVIDED you buy me one of each that you buy for yourself;)

    I'm Really hoping that you get at least one of the B-Wise trailers, as I really like the features on those, do I need to arrange shipping, or will you include that too, in my granting you permission?;):)


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    Of this list. Could you arrange the to three or four in highest quality to price ratio. Locally I’ve only really seen Bri-mar and pj. Pj being better build I think.
     
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    Definitely depends on how you’re loading it. The deck overs are great if you have a skid steer at your disposal, but stacking rounds all day any higher than what is necessary is a big trade off. I have a 14k 7x12 with drop axles that makes loading by hand a breeze. You get nearly the same capacity, and if you have to you can always add sides.
    My trailer is a sure-trac which I think is pretty hard to beat if you buy their hd line. You might look in to those. I’m not sure if they make anything smaller than that in the hd line up. All theirs are gravity down — it can be a little slow but has never given me any issue, plus you can get an extra few dumps out of a single charge that way.
    I payed about $7,600 for mine with upgraded axles


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    My comment was in response to concerns the OP stated about backing the trailer into delivery sites. I was simply pointing out that all of the trailers are approximately the same overall width. The 6x12 is still about 8ft wide it is just some of the width is the fenders which are outside the trailer where as the deck over its all box. Had nothing to do with loading.
     
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    Good video Wood Boss.

    I see what you're saying about narrow drives, I would kill for how those houses are laid out though.
     
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    Those are cake to get into.

    Add snow and ice and a 30* slope along with at least 1 switchback.
     
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    Add some darkness, the rain, some slope, a narrow bridge, I seen about most of it, for the difficult stuff I unhook the trailer and just hand unload off the truck. I got your "CAKE" Buddy. Choppy, Post your pictures or video of this "Tight" delivering you speak of or it didn't happen !!! ...LOL
     
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    Yes you are correct, the 6x10 or 6x12 low pro-trailer will be about 8' wide. Deck over style is narrower but higher and will dump higher piles of firewood. Add sides and I can see it getting tougher to load. There are trade offs to both trailer styles, for me the low pro trailer also carries my skid steer so the lower height is better for my dual purpose. I generally load my firewood with a skid steer, stack it in the bucket by hand then dump it in the truck or trailer. Under the right conditions when I can pick up some firewood loads clean, I'll scoop it with the skid steer but it has to be dry out, no mud and on a hard surface. We have been getting a lot of rain lately so I'm mostly hand loading 2 cords prior to hitting the road to make deliveries. I like this trailer but would never buy one with a single door in the rear, I run into too many clearance issues and it slows me down, I'll probably sell it and get a bigger one next year since my big item purchases for the year are about done. I would like a trailer that has 3' metal side and no wooden sides, the wooden sides are a problem for me sometimes and so is the single big door on the back. Otherwise the trailer is great, I am really impressed how long the battery lasts after dumping so much.
     
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    I run a Top Kick 5500 with a 12' flatbed. I figure it cost me approx. 2k a year to keep it on the road; plates $600.; insurance, DOT inspection, and maintenance costs roughly $1,400. annually. Some years more, some years less. Put $500. in it last week.
    To put a new landscape box on it would be about 10k.
    A dump trailer was not an option before as I did not own a pickup. The bigger truck seemed a better choice at the time vs buying a pickup and dump trailer. Now we have a pickup to pull an older rv trailer, which makes the dump trailer option seems a better choice, money wise, over a landscape body.
    Neither make money, but would save a lot of time.
    The money spent on a dump trailer or landscape box might be better spent as 25% money down on a processor, which could increase production and cash flow. I need to wait one more year, either way.
     
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    Dayum, I guess there is just NO One Answer that is Best for Everyone:confused::eek:, Who'da Thunk?;):surprised3::):hi::drinkingcoffee::angry::dumb2::crazy2::dumb::buttkick:


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    It happens nearly everyday. Tonight's delivery took tire chains and some maneuvering in a foot of snow uphill and sideslope, and between trees just a bit wider than the truck. In the dark, -5*. Took me a bit to tamp down a trail, but got it dumped where it needed to go.

    Or others are a short driveway where I have to block the road to dump.

    Anyhow, it's much easier using a dump truck for me.
    I used a trailer the first couple years I did wood. Hasn't been used since. Probably will sell it this summer.

    No pics needed. Don't believe me if you want, I don't care.
     
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    I hear ya choppy, I have scuffs down both sides of my truck, replaced tail lights a bunch of times, it's always something. A trailer is just my method of getting two cords into the city on a regular basis, heading out tonight in the rain, loaded last night in the damn rain and mud. We do what we have to do, be safe Buddy.
     
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    https://www.pequea.com/trailers.php
     
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    I haul 2 cords on the truck.
     
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    This is how I do it for now.
    There is a cord and a half on the truck.
    This works, especially in tight spots with the short wheel base, but is very time consuming overall, to clean the top and bottom of the pallets after sitting out for a year, to cover/strap, and to hand unload.
    This year a couple places had equipment to unload the pallets.
    Several pick up orders use one ton dump trucks and/or dump trailers that are loaded by cutting the netting a foot or so at a time above the box.
    One guy had a 14' PJ low profile (nice trailer) we barely got a cord in. Don't remember if it had a board on the top edge or not.
    The plus side, is less handling before delivery and excellent seasoning.
    I now hook my straps on top of the rail and down through the stake pockets, as the wood shifts and settles a bit on deliveries. As shown here the straps can come completely loose and swing out away from the truck when driving. IMG_3628.jpg IMG_4588.jpg IMG_4665.jpg
     
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    Nice firewood setup Sandhill
     
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    The whole idea is to reduce the amount of handling of the wood and speed up production in all areas of the firewood production. Time is money and the less time you spend on production, the higher profit you end up with.
     
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    Definitely. Working on a cord of wood i bought now. Still going to handle it 4 times BUT having the dump trailer saved me from handling it 1time and 1 trip extra if I would have had to go back for a second load in the pick-up. More time to post on AS.:laugh:
     
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    Yep, times that 1 cord by 100 and the extra work is a big deal.
     
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