A lawnmower trailer: these are your transport options

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In this blog, I will discuss with you different types of lawnmower trailers, their prices, loading capacity, size, and much more. A lawnmower trailer is also called a dump cart, garden cart, utility trailer, and utility wagon.

A lawnmower trailer, these are your transport options:

There are two main lawn-mower transport options, using a dump cart or a utility cart. The best options will depend on the power and size of your mower, and the size and weight of the material you want to transport. If you have a lower budget or specific needs you can build one yourself as well.

A lawnmower trailer: these are your transport options 1

Option1: A dump cart

There are three types of dump carts that are compatible with zero turn lawn mowers and rear engine riding mowers.

1. Poly Dump carts:

The small sizes and less weight of poly dump carts make them well suited for trips around your backyard vegetable garden or across your fresh green lawn. Like utility trailers, they can be attached to lawnmowers and small vehicles. Unlike utility trailers, which carry their cargo on flatbeds, poly dump carts have tubs that utilize a solid wall construction and can be tipped to deposit soil, gravel, mulch, tree trunks, tree limbs, and other loads of material onto the ground.

I have given a table that will show you the differences between prices, loading capacity, size, and weights of poly dump carts from different brands.

BrandPriceSizeLoading capacityWeight
Agri-Fab$ 22010 Cubic ft650 lbs52 lbs
Agri-Fab$ 55017 Cubic ft1000 lbs130 lbs
Agri-Fab$ 2005 Cubic ft200 lbs38 lbs
Agri-Fab$42017 Cubic ft800 lbs111 lbs
Agri-Fab$2108 Cubic ft500 lbs66 lbs
Ohio steel$36012.5 Cubic ft750 lbs82 lbs
Ohio steel$ 27510 Cubic ft600 lbs63 lbs
Ohio steel$46012.5 Cubic ft1250 lbs125 lbs
Ohio steel$43012.5 Cubic ft1250 lbs110 lbs
Oxcart$ 40012 Cubic ft1100 lbs71 lbs
Oxcart$ 45012 Cubic ft1100 lbs 
Precision products$ 27010 Cubic ft650 lbs75 lbs

When the manufacturers or the suppliers discuss the material a dump cart is made of, the part they refer to is the tub, which actually holds the load. That includes soil that can stain and corrode the tub’s basin, rocks, snow, stones, pebbles, that can bang against the sides, and branches that can poke through the corners. Dump cart tubs are mostly built using 2 types of materials: Poly or plastic is better for lightweight loads than heavy ones, but it is resistant to corrosion and impact.

2. Steel dump carts

Steel is at the risk of rusting and denting, but it is strong and capable of carrying large weights. Just like the size of utility trailers, the size of a steel garden dump cart can be defined using two criteria: Cubic feet, which measures the cart’s space capacity—dump carts range in size from 10 cubic feet to 22 cubic feet. Weight capacity, which measures the maximum weight the cart can safely hold—dump carts range in capacity from 350 lbs. to 1100 lbs.

I have given a table that will show you the differences between prices, loading capacity, size, and weights of steel dump carts from different brands.

BrandsizeLoading capacityPrice indicationWeight
Precision products15 Cubic foot1200 lbs$300131 lbs
Precision products17 Cubic foot1500 lbs$330157 lbs
Precision products10 Cubic foot750 lbs$25098 lbs
Ohio Steel14 Cubic foot1250 lbs$360140 lbs

3. Swivel dump carts:

BrandSizeLoad capacityWeightPrice indication
Agri-Fab17 Cubic feet1000 lbs130 lbs$550
Ohio Steel12.5 Cubic feet750 lbs82 lbs$360
Ohio Steel10 Cubic feet600 lbs63 lbs$275
Ohio Steel12.5 Cubic feet1250 lbs125 lbs$460
Ohio Steel12.5 Cubic feet1250 lbs110 lbs$430
OxCart12 Cubic feet1100 lbs $450
OxCart12 Cubic feet1100 lbs71 lbs$400

Option 2: A utility cart

Utility carts exist to transport large items, including other vehicles like small lawnmowers and ATVs. With the aid of a good utility cart, farmers, firemen, hunters, fishers, landscapers, gardeners, ranchers, and outdoors enthusiasts can carry the biggest pieces of equipment they have across long distances and wide-open spaces and be ready to work. There are 4 types of utility carts:

1. Aluminum ATV Cart:

BrandSzieLoading capacityWeightPrice indication
Bosski30 Cubic feet800 lb216 lbs$1600
Bosski45 Cubic feet800 lbs337 lbs$2250

Aluminum ATV carts have several features that make them ideal for heavy-duty lifting:

  • Flatbed on which tires can rest
  • Straight side and front panels
  • Drive-up rear ramp
  • Strong axles with shocks

2. Poly ATV Cart:

Because of the weight of the loads they carry, poly ATV carts almost always are made with solid steel construction. The size of a utility trailer is measured using two criteria dimensions or space capacity poly ATV carts commonly range from 4’ x 6’ to 7’ x 12’ Gross vehicle weight rating, or GVWR, which is the maximum weight the trailer can safely hold poly ATV carts can range from 1200 lbs. to almost 3000 lbs.

3. Steel ATV Cart:

BrandSizeLoading capacityWeightColorPrice indication
Bosski22 Cubic feet1100 lbs522 lbs red$2000
Bosski22  cubic feet1100 lbs522 lbs green$2000
Ohio Steel12.5 Cubic feet1250 lbs125 lbs $460
Bosski15  cubic feet 304 lbs red$1150
Bosski15 Cubic feet 304 lbs green$1150

Steel ATV carts are the powerhouses of tow-behind trailer attachments. Thanks to their sturdy axles and durable construction, they are made to cover rugged terrain (and in some cases are rated for highway and road use, too). As such, they are meant to be towed behind only the most robust vehicles: Truck, Professional-grade zero turn lawnmowers, Garden tractors, ATVs, and UTVs.

4. Swivel ATV Cart:

You might have noticed that some garden dump carts are listed as ATV carts. These are dump carts specifically designed to be used off-road with ATVs or utility task/utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), thanks to certain features:

  • High ground clearance
  • Large tires
  • Durable, heavy-duty axles

How to build a lawnmower trailer?

You can build a really strong and reliable lawnmower trailer at your home within a few minutes if you use the right tools in the right manner. In this way, you can save a lot of money. You don’t need to be tech-savvy.

Below I will give a list of the tools that you will need for the construction of a lawnmower trailer and a simple step-by-step guide that you can follow easily.

  • 2 in (5.1 cm) x 3 in (7.6 cm) rectangular steel tubing
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) steel pipe
  • Metal mesh
  • Axle kit
  • Blowtorch or other welding tools
  • Metal saw
  • Pencil
  • paper

Step 1. Determine the load towing capacity of your lawnmower:

Before the construction of a lawnmower trailer you must, first of all, consult your user manual to find out the maximum load towing capacity of your lawnmower. The manual will also help you determine what size and dimensions, ie, length x width x height of the trailer you can use which is compatible with your lawnmower.

Step 2. Sketch out the lawnmower trailer with measurement:

You must sketch out the outline of the lawnmower trailer and write down the measurements. You will need to match the dimensions with your lawnmower for the trailer already so you can use them to space the side pieces of the frame after you cut all the pieces to size. For example, if you have a lawnmower of some kind that you want to be able to tow, you can measure the lawnmower and make the trailer at least large enough to hold it.

If you want to haul a plastic tub that is twenty-four inches (61 cm) by eighteen inches (46 cm) big, you could make the trailer about twenty-six inches (66 cm) long by twenty inches (51 cm) wide.

Step 3. Make the base:

The perimeter pieces are the four pieces of metal that form the rectangle for the lawnmower trailer’s base. For a lawnmower trailer, you must use two long pieces six feet (1.8 m) long and two width pieces four feet (1.2 m) long.

Step 4. Attach a tongue, axle, and tires to the lawnmower  trailer

You must use a hydraulic jack to raise the frame. You must block all four corners to keep it elevated. You must weld the axle under the framing.

You must then attach tires and a tongue to your lawnmower trailer.

Step 5. Build the cage

You must weld the angle iron rods together for the cage frame. You must ensure the corners are squared. You must weld support beams made of flat iron across from side to side.

You must bolt pressure-treated 2×6 inch (5.1 X 15.2 cm) boards to the frame, parallel with the sides inside the lip of the angle iron. You must cut lumber with a circular saw. You must drill holes in the angle iron with a variable speed drill and drill-bit designed for metal.

Now, You must attach boards to the frame cage.