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    Default Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    Im planning to purchase a 32 Ft trailer (27 plus dove tail) duel tandem trialer. Some have recommended a low profile (pierced beam) trailer. I felt a low pro trailer would help prevent dragging of things like pull shredders etc when loading and unloading. Some have suggested low pro trailers are more prone to drag the bumper in pastures and uneven terrain. The low pro trailers are about $500 higher.

    What is your opinion of the performance of low proflie (pierced beam) vs standard flat deck trailers.

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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    I have had both in a 40' flatbed form, no dovetail. I would spend the extra for the pierced beam. What is the height difference at the back of the trailer on both? seems to me they both would be about the same. I am guessing that the pierced beam would just have a shorter dovetail. A pierced beam just lowers the deck height, frame clearances to ground should be the same.

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    i'd also spend the extra on the pierced frame. I have a dovetail on my flatbed and even being low.. when you are laoding a narrow machine.. it feels funny.. not clown funny.. but like but clinching funny..

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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    One other thing to think about on the pierced beam is if you haul over width loads. The pierced beam will be lower than majority of highway guardrails, so you have to keep that in mind. If you have a cattle guard entrance it might be tight if hauling rounds bales 2 wide. Mine was used mainly commercial hauling and hauled up to 14' wide, plus hay for ranch. My cattleguard entrance was tight with the pierced beam hauling hay vs. a standard height trailer. Just something else to think about.

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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    OK, I'm in the dark here.
    But I'm assuming by "pierced beam" you are talking about a trailer that has the cross-members running through the webbing of the I-beam instead of welded on top. Right?
    If so, then you're saying that this type of construction cost about $500 more than conventional? So, you're considering paying five bills more for a trailer that gives you a 4" lower deck height?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62
    So, you're considering paying five bills more for a trailer that gives you a 4" lower deck height?
    But what's $500 more when your spending that kind of money on something you need?

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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    OK, I'm in the dark here.
    But I'm assuming by "pierced beam" you are talking about a trailer that has the cross-members running through the webbing of the I-beam instead of welded on top. Right?
    If so, then you're saying that this type of construction cost about $500 more than conventional? So, you're considering paying five bills more for a trailer that gives you a 4" lower deck height?
    You are correct and you would be impressed with what 4" can do, well actually about 6" cuz the 2 i-beam frames actually are part of the floor
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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    4-6" is a pretty big difference sometimes..

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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by DT86 View Post
    But what's $500 more when your spending that kind of money on something you need?
    Quote Originally Posted by saltbranch View Post
    You are correct and you would be impressed with what 4" can do, well actually about 6" cuz the 2 i-beam frames actually are part of the floor . . .
    Need? Or, just want?

    4" or 6" really doesn't bother me. I understand a lower center of gravity would theorectically be better, but I'm not convinced that a few inches would matter that much.

    I guess that "you don't miss what you never had" holds true on this one. I've always had "normal" trailers, so I wouldn't know.
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    Default Re: Low profile (pierced beam) or standard ??????? opinions wanted

    another difference is load angle at the ramp...

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