Professionals in the landscape industry know that when you are in business, time equals money. The only true valuable resource we have in life is time. Every investment should be about spending our time wisely, in every facet of our lives. In our businesses, investing in quality products and equipment not only allows us to spend our time wisely, but creates a healthier work life environment. Purchasing a trailer should not just be looked at as a business investment, but a quality of life investment. With over 50 years experience in this incredible industry, it is our pleasure to team up with the Lawn Care Influencers Summit 2019 and share 6 things to consider and look for before purchasing a trailer. As a trailer manufacturer, in the production of the trailer, it is easy to know where to cut costs to keep the prices low and push more sales. In our experience; however, this does not serve the end user for the long haul. It increases sales for the manufacturer but the end user gets a lower quality trailer that is not built to last. When you’re in the market for a trailer you want to look for a manufacturer that has you in mind. Here are some key factors to consider.
Quality Lighting Systems: There is nothing more frustrating than a trailer with poor wiring that is not assembled properly. Wiring that is dangling and clipped along the frame is easily damaged and once damaged becomes unusable and costly to repair. When looking at lighting make sure that the wire is encased and protected to ensure dependability everytime you hook up.
Heavy Duty/ Replaceable Fenders: Dents happen; it comes with the industry. Fenders welded directly to the trailer are not easily replaceable. They are costly and eat up time in the work day needing repair. Once dented, the overall value of the trailer is also depreciated. Visual appeal is diminished and user value decreased. Look for heavy duty and replaceable fenders that bolt to the trailer. That way, when dents happen, fenders can be easily and quickly replaced.
Quality Attachment Systems: Cheap ball hitches are to keep the cost down, period. They ensure a future purchase of a better quality hitch later on. Professionals know how important a quality adjustable quick hitch system is, so get it from the start. Focus on quality and functionality.
Sturdy Sides, Floor and Tailgates: It is common to see a steel frame with light duty wood or tin side panels. Look for a trailer that is constructed with tubular steel and dimensional sheeting. The trailer will weigh and cost more, but will be stronger, more dependable and last longer.
Secure Tie Down and Safety Gates: Trailers that are constructed with the end user in mind are constructed with functional side rail tie down capacity and secure rear door locking systems to eliminate safety concerns. Spending time trying to secure things is time wasted. Look for trailers with quality side rail tie down capacities and safety gates. Safety mechanisms in place minimize work hours and costly accidents.
Attachments and Storage Locations with Locking Systems: A well organized trailer tells customers they are working with a well organized company, as well as being a great marketing tool while out and about. Time spent looking for unorganized equipment is time that can be used doing the job. Look for a trailer that combines storage for all of your tools, liquids, and safety gear in strategic locations with locking systems to keep your equipment safe and your work day flowing.
At Green Valley, we believe being in the landscaping industry is one of the most noble professions. We strive for efficiency, function, quality, and versatility in our products because we know the value of a trailer that is built for the end user. We hope you’ve found these factors to consider beneficial when you’re in the market for your own trailer. See it as a life and time investment and not only will your business flourish, but your life will prosper as well. As part of the Lawn Care Influencers Summit 2019, we wish you a safe, productive and enjoyable season ahead! #LawnCareInfluencersSummit2019
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