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    Default trailering my tractor

    It is time for my first post on TBN, other than my introductory post, and I want to thank everyone in advance for any advice.

    For the first two weeks since I discovered TBN I have been reading old and current posts, and I am amazed with how much I didn't know about tractors, attachments, and their use.

    I have searched the forum regarding my question and the amount of information pertaining to my question overwhelming to say the least.

    My question: I have a New Holland TC1520 tractor with various attachments, including a snow blower. I would like to trailer it to a few locations (my job being primary) to do some snow removal. I will have a steep, long hill to pull up and down. What do I need for a truck and trailer to haul this thing?

    I have a 1993 Chevrolet k1500 with a 4.3 V-6, 5 speed, which I know will not do the job. I have had this sorry old truck for a long time and 270,000 miles, and will not part with it so I would be looking to buy an additional used truck. Whatever I buy to pull the tractor will not have to be a daily commute vehicle - I have a little car for that.

    I had my mind set on a 1-ton dump as I could make use of the dump truck, but I'm reconsidering it after reading another topic regarding them.

    Sorry for making this so long, but I wanted to make sure I provided enough information. Thanks again for the advice.

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    Default Re: trailering my tractor

    A good 4x4 V8 1/2 ton will do the job. Get something with a tow package and a 7,500# or more tow rating. Your tractor only weighs 2,200# and figure 500# for a snow blower. You did not say if it has loaded tires or a FEL but on a small tractor like the 1520 you still would only be at 4,000# max then figure 2,000# for a 7K trailer.

    I am really happy with my current 1/2 ton, a Nissan Titan, and was also very happy with the 6 F-150 4x4's I had between 1997 and 2007. Never had a single issue with any of them.

    Just do your research. Get a low gear ratio. Just because its a V8 does not mean squat if its backed up by a high gear ratio.

    Just for reference you current truck has a 3,500# tow rating according to my book. If it had a auto tranny it would be 5,000#

    Chris

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    Rusty Wreck IMHO. Chris has hit dead on the money.A late model 1/2 ton v8 should be plenty for your needs. I have a 01 F-250 with a 5.4 and 3.73. My tracktor weighs pretty much the same as yours,and use a 7k trailer also. It is pretty much an over kill for my needs now. I bought the truck to pull my Ranger bass boat so I was using it mostly for Hwy. travel so opted out on 4wd. and rarely if ever go off road with it,thats what the atv. is for.With the ride and handling I believe it was a good choice for me. If I was in the market today for a new truck a F150 would my choice or 1/2 ton.

    Carey

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    Default Re: trailering my tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by careyo63 View Post
    If I was in the market today for a new truck a F150 would my choice or 1/2 ton.
    I thought an F150 was a 1/2 ton?

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    Trying not to mean to buy just a Ford.I know how people get by the Manufactuer on here Hummm!

    Carey

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    Default Re: trailering my tractor

    ditto on the 4x4 v8 1/2 ton as a minimum.. though I might look for a 3/4t or dually.. even an older one.. that and a 16' tandem trailer minimum.. if not an 18 or 20 foot with or without beaver tail.

    electric brakes on whatever axles the law in your area says.

    soundguy
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    Default Re: trailering my tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    ditto on the 4x4 v8 1/2 ton as a minimum.. though I might look for a 3/4t dually.. even an older one.. that and a 16' tandem trailer minimum.. if not an 18 or 20 foot with or without beaver tail.

    electric brakes on whatever axles the law in your area says.

    soundguy


    3/4t Dually? May I see one?

    Sorry, couldn't resist, don't want to start any fights...


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    Default Re: trailering my tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    ditto on the 4x4 v8 1/2 ton as a minimum.. though I might look for a 3/4t dually.. even an older one.. that and a 16' tandem trailer minimum.. if not an 18 or 20 foot with or without beaver tail.

    electric brakes on whatever axles the law in your area says.

    soundguy
    Not to get all technical here but I have never seen a 3/4 ton dually. Only 3/4's I have seen are SRW and all the duallys I have seen are 1 tons and bigger except for the one offs like the Dually Ranger I pulled out of the ditch 3 or so years ago and there is a Dually Suburban about 2 miles from my co workers house. I remember some time ago seeing dually kits in JC Witney so I know anything is possible.

    As for the brakes in WI they are required on any trailer of 3K. No mention of brakes on all axles but if buying new its a well spent extra $150. Also no mention of a brake-away but I would not own a trailer with brakes without one. The whole brake-away system is less than $50.

    Chris

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    Guys.. remember I type on a netbook with 8" screen and a keyboard the size of 2 pieces of 'short' toast.

    I missed 'or'.

    glad you caught me on it. has since been edited.

    now let the floggings continue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    Guys.. remember I type on a netbook with 8" screen and a keyboard the size of 2 pieces of 'short' toast.

    I missed 'or'.

    glad you caught me on it. has since been edited.

    now let the floggings continue

    soundguy
    We have to catch you when you make a mistake. You know its all in good fun. You are usually 99.99% on the money.

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