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new 20 ton trailer

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by jmac, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. jmac

    jmac Senior Member

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    Since I purchased the bigger excavator I now have to buy a bigger trailer. Looking for 20 ton 20' 5' beaver with air brakes. Can't find a good used one around hear, any suggestions? The only new one I found locally is Eager Beaver for $16k. Any one want a 12 ton econoline for $5k, one year old, electric brakes.
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  2. Ford LT-9000

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    Finding a used trailer might be tough especially if your local economy is doing good contractors are buying up equipment pretty quick.

    Myself I'am not a fan of beaver tail equipment trailers as you are dealing with ramps. I like full deck tilt trailers they are quick and easy to load.

    I don't know what a new trailer will cost it might be worth doing some traveling to find a good used trailer or borrow one in the mean time.
     
  3. jmac

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    I can borrow one but I hate to do it. The guy I borrow from has been a great friend but I don't wan't to ask for too much. He has done alot for me already. He said I could so maybe just for the rest of the year, winters comming but I will still have to get a trailer in the spring if I can't find one now. If I end up buying new any good or bad points about certain makes. I have looked at Trailking, Eagerbeaver, Econoline and CAM. Used the Komatsu PC150 today and what a pleasure, love it. Heat and AC (not that I needed ac today) , cd player, big cab, and moves alot of dirt. Runs great. What a difference from my hitachi EX60. The operating controls are CAT on both so that was a great, no learning curve. The nice thing about having two capable machines is that I am working on two projects rite now and have a machine at both sites, so all I have to do is show up in my pick up truck and work.
     
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    Trailking is the most common brand tag in this are they seem to be good. I know what you mean about borrowing stuff.

    Its good to hear you like the Komatsu so far :thumbsup
     
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    jmac, have you checked out kaufman trailers yet? I have no experience with them but found them when I was looking around. The prices look pretty reasonable. http://www.kaufmantrailers.com/
     
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    Personally I like Eager Beavers. :thumbsup
     
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    we've had a 20 ton beaver for 20 yrs and it still works everyday, good trailer.
     
  9. jmac

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    Thank you for the advise, Eager Beaver cost around 16k the Kaufman is around 11k, the Trail King is 17k, and the Cam is around 15k. I am just more confused :Banghead
     
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    My dad has an eager beaver 20xpt. Its been a good trailer so far.
     
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    We have an eager beaver 20xpt, been great so far. We haul our 160 around our small town with it, its not legal (couple thousand over) but it does just fine moving it around from job to job (an average move is probably only ~5 miles)
     
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    We have the Eager Beaver 20 XPT. It's a good trailer we've had minimal trouble with it. Another good trailer is Roger's. Nortrax sells them. They are right around the same price as an E/B. If you get a new 20 Ton look for something that has the lower loading angle on the beaver tail. You will like it loading that big 150 on there.
     
  13. mert0714

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    Although not a deck over, we have a Towmaster 20' drop deck with bever for a skid loader (T-16DDB, 20,000# gross) and have been very pleased. It is well built, wiring is enclosed nicely and they just upgraded their paint setup within the last 3 years. If you have to get new, they are well worth looking into. Customizing is an option too.
     
  14. jmac

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    Funny you would post that, because I spoke to my favorite Bob Cat dealer and he sells Towmaster, same price as Eager Beaver. So I have come to the conclusion that price is all about the same and the trailers are all about the same as far as national brands go. How about this question, any bad trailers that I should stay away from?
     
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    If your looking for a decent trailer try find one with 22.5 low pro rubber the trailers with the 17.5 wheels have problems with tires you also have smaller brakes. If you are going to go with a longer trailer you might even want to go to a triaxle. You would beable to carry your attachements or even carry a skid steer.
     
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    I borrowed my freinds trailer today and it was beat up real bad. 2002 Eager Beaver, brake's didn't work, running lights didn't work, and stabilizer broke. Trailer was a little scary to say the least. After I was done bringing my 150 home he asked me to move a dozer for him (trailer and truck are all hooked up) so I did it for him. It gets dark and running lights are out. Just waiting for DOT to stop me, they didn't. I was lucky. My old Mack pulled machine OK. Machine had alot of caked on mud that I just didn't have the time to get it all off before I put on the trailer and an extra bucket that came with it. The weight had to be closer to 45K lbs. Flat road 60 mph no problem but pulling hills 2nd gear. Got it done but don't want to do that every day. If I need it moved again before I get my own trailer think I will hire a lowboy.
     
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    Sounds like your buddy is a goofball, how could you screw up a trailer that badly in 4 years?

    As Ford LT suggested, Trailmax makes some excellent trailers. They are a little more expensive but they are very, very well built. Everyone who's anyone around here runs a Trailmax.
     
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    We have a 10 ton Hudson & it has been a very good trailer. It tracks well, the paint has held up well, & the we just replaced the deck for the first time after almost 10 years of use. I have not tried the others talked about in this thread, but I would not hesitate to buy another Hudson.
     
  20. ante_up

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    JMAC I've been looking at the econoline 12 ton trailer you have now. How do you like this trailer? How has it been holding up? According to there website for a limited time it's on sale for 5950 + tax and freight. Sometime over the winter I'll be picking up a trailer of this size just wanted to get some feedback on it. thanks