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Old 06-12-2018, 06:00 PM
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I am getting ready to purchase a dump trailer in a few weeks or so and wanted everyone's opinion on brand and cylinder vs. Scissor lift. I have used bri-mar in the past and not very pleased with them. My local dealer sells Hawke and PJ which both seem to be good trailers. However, the PJ appears to be better built and more heavier duty with 10g floor vs 12g on the Hawke. I own and operate a landscaping business so the majority of materials loaded would be mulch, gravel, etc and not exceeding a few tons in a trip max.

From my research and experience scissor lifts are stronger and lift higher then cylinder and don't put as much of strain on the trailer while lifting. I have heard of the mounts being broken on the cylinders under load but that could be because of over loading the trailer. I will be towing with a chevy 2500 5.7 liter 4x4 and trying to keep my trailer decision into specs with my truck. Looking at a 6x10 10k or if I can manage I'd rather get the 7x12 12k. Any thoughts on brands or what to look for. Thanks
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Couple of things. First, Bri-mar sucks. Get the PJ.

Second, who will be using it, you, or employees. If employees, size it small, otherwise they will overload the hell out of the thing. Scissor mechanism is superior. I would do wood side boards, and. A nice retractable tarp. Also, if you are only using on 1-2 trucks, hard wire battery leads to the back of the truck, and use Anderson SB-175 connectors (same connectors Warn uses for winches) on the truck/trailer. You will never have to worry about the trailer being charged.
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I don't know much about dump trailers, but during Katrina, almost every debris hauler was using a Big Tex double axle trailer. They'd build up the sides and hauled away millions of pounds of debris. Check 'em out.
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I bought a Texas Pride several years ago. I got the 4' sides as we haul alot of construction debris which is lighter by volume. I have hauled my mini x in it all over. Recently hauled 110 sheets of 4x12 sheetrock in it. Solid trailer, well built and when I bought was much less than competition. The plant is only 5 hr from me so I had them build for me. They are popular in our area and when I was shopping much cheaper than Big Tex. Mine has a double hydraulic cylinder set up that has yet to fail. We have hauled concrete tear out also. Very pleased with this trailer

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PJ scissor for sure, I did 10g floor,upgraded tires,fork pocket on the side and solar charger.
Will you be hauling a Bobcat or skid steer?
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I bought a PJ scissor lift 16' with the low profile deck. Great trailer and the low profile deck makes it much easier to get in and out of the trailer and load it over the sides by hand. I believe the low pro option puts the deck 8" or so lower compared to the competition. I would buy a PJ again without hesitation.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Couple of things. First, Bri-mar sucks. Get the PJ.

Second, who will be using it, you, or employees. If employees, size it small, otherwise they will overload the hell out of the thing. Scissor mechanism is superior. I would do wood side boards, and. A nice retractable tarp. Also, if you are only using on 1-2 trucks, hard wire battery leads to the back of the truck, and use Anderson SB-175 connectors (same connectors Warn uses for winches) on the truck/trailer. You will never have to worry about the trailer being charged.

It will mainly be me using it but, occasionally a few of my employees. Wood sides are a definite and tarp kit for sure. Good idea on the battery leads being ran. My other option was a battery maintainer. One of my.concerns is will the 2500 5.7 be ample enough to pull it frequently? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Biloxi Regulator View Post
I bought a PJ scissor lift 16' with the low profile deck. Great trailer and the low profile deck makes it much easier to get in and out of the trailer and load it over the sides by hand. I believe the low pro option puts the deck 8" or so lower compared to the competition. I would buy a PJ again without hesitation.

from everything I gather PJ is the way to go. Have you had your pj very long? I need a reliable dump trailer that performs daily for us. How is the paint holding up.
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PJ scissor for sure, I did 10g floor,upgraded tires,fork pocket on the side and solar charger.
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no skidsteer just a toro dingo for now and a Kubota bx series in the near future. Thanks
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Originally Posted by briankinley2004 View Post
I bought a Texas Pride several years ago. I got the 4' sides as we haul alot of construction debris which is lighter by volume. I have hauled my mini x in it all over. Recently hauled 110 sheets of 4x12 sheetrock in it. Solid trailer, well built and when I bought was much less than competition. The plant is only 5 hr from me so I had them build for me. They are popular in our area and when I was shopping much cheaper than Big Tex. Mine has a double hydraulic cylinder set up that has yet to fail. We have hauled concrete tear out also. Very pleased with this trailer

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I will check and see if we have a dealer for them. What size dump are you hauling the mini with? Thanks
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It will mainly be me using it but, occasionally a few of my employees. Wood sides are a definite and tarp kit for sure. Good idea on the battery leads being ran. My other option was a battery maintainer. One of my.concerns is will the 2500 5.7 be ample enough to pull it frequently? Thanks
On the tarp kit you want a tarp on a arm, not just a roll at the front. Makes handling it solo possible.

Truck can handle it fine, but will likely suck on the interstate. Around town no issue.

For power, just rig a long set of jumper cables with a SB-175 on one end, and clamps on the other You can hook it to anything in a pinch. Up front the cable setup is a bit more expensive than a battery, but you will literally never get stuck emptying one by hand.

One more thing, go with a pintle hook vs a 2 5/16 ball. When dumping they can put a huge load of upward force on the coupler. A pintle is much better for this. If you absolutely want a ball, only consider a Bulldog style coupler.
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from everything I gather PJ is the way to go. Have you had your pj very long? I need a reliable dump trailer that performs daily for us. How is the paint holding up.

I bought it last november so I haven't had it long. I mainly use it for hauling remodeling debris. I think the paint is holding up quite well. PJ uses some type of powder coating process. The paint inside the box is in surprisingly good shape.
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My trailer has the tarp kit that rolls up at the front and I can manage it by myself even when loaded above the sides. The tarp is very handy.
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I will check and see if we have a dealer for them. What size dump are you hauling the mini with? Thanks
mine is 7' x 14' with 4' sides. I think its 16K axles. The mini x is bobcat e32 with cab. 7K pounds
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Gator Made. Looked at PJ and just wasn’t all that impressed. 14k 7’x14’ with tarp kit and charger wired into 7pin. It is hooked to truck 24/7 7 days a week and used daily. Very happy with it.
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Kaufman makes a nice trailer. I think the quality is higher than Texas Bragg.

Kaufman sells factory direct, cash sales only (they will not take a corporate check). You order the trailer and pick it up at one of their yards. I picked up my car trailer in Lexington, NC.
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Kaufman makes a nice trailer. I think the quality is higher than Texas Bragg.

Kaufman sells factory direct, cash sales only (they will not take a corporate check). You order the trailer and pick it up at one of their yards. I picked up my car trailer in Lexington, NC.

kaufman does make a very nice trailer. It was between them and gator made but they wouldn’t/don’t put rear jack stands on their trailers so we went with the gator made.
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Scissor lift is a must. If you can, go with the trailer with 7k axles which usually have slipper spring suspension which is better than the eye to eye springs. Big Tex has a pretty good deal on the model 14LX which runs about $7500 for the 14’er. It comes with tarp kit, ramps, adjustable coupler, a 2 way rear door and an on board battery charger that operates on 110V or 12V while the truck is running.
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Thanks for the info fellas, THT never fails me.
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I looked at PJ and Big Tex and bought a Lamar. IMO it's a much better HD dump trailer
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