What to Look at When Purchasing a Plant Trailer

A plant trailer is a standard accessory for transporting plant machinery. Manufacturing, construction and agricultural companies are among the most significant users of heavy-duty plant trailers, but a variety of smaller models also exist for hauling smaller plant machinery.

Because plant machines vary in terms of their size and weight, different-sized plant trailers are required for each size/weight. If you're in the market for a plant trailer for your plant transporting needs, you can be confused about what to look at.

Below are a few important factors to consider when selecting a plant trailer for your needs.

Trailer Dimensions

Plant trailers come in a variety of body lengths and widths to accommodate different-sized machines. Before investing in a trailer, you'll need to make sure it can accommodate your plant machines. 

Measure the lengths and widths — both deck and overall — of each machine to determine what size trailer you'll need to transport it safely and efficiently.

Trailer Carrying Capacity

Plant trailers are available in a selection of weight ranges to suit the plant transporting needs of different users. Before you can spend money on a plant trailer, you'll need to make sure it can safely support the weight of your plant equipment.

If you intend to carry multiple items of plant, make sure you choose a trailer that can safely handle the weight of the heaviest item of plant you have in your fleet.  

Trailering Mechanism

How would you like to set up your trailer for the hauling of plant machines? Different types of trailer hitches can be deployed when towing items of plant trailers behind a tow vehicle. Some common types of trailer hitches used today include:

  • Weight distribution hitches
  • Front mount hitches
  • Ring feeders
  • Gooseneck hitches
  • Pintle hitches

Choose a trailer with a trailer suited to the kind of towing you intend to do.

Trailer Construction

Plant trailers are available in a range of materials including steel and aluminium. Both have unique features that may render them suitable or unsuitable for certain plant transporting applications. 

For example, steel trailers are very strong and rigid, making them an ideal choice for heavy-duty plant transport applications. Where trailers that are lighter to pull are desired, aluminium makes for the perfect steel alternative.

With the different types of plant trailers available in the market, finding the best trailer for your needs can be quite overwhelming. If you need help with exploring your options, consider consulting a specialist in the field.