The Trojan beaver tail trailer we examine is a seven-year-old unit used by machinery dealer William Wheatleys of Fareham, Hampshire, to deliver ride-on mowers and other kit to its customers. It’s 4.2m long by two metres wide. It’s easy to see why this model is popular with dealers but we reckon maintenance contractors and landscape firms should take a look at it if they need to move a mixture of machinery between sites. With removable sides at the front, this Trojan can safely transport a row of pedestrian mowers or other small items in front of a ride-on mower.
Total payload is 2,700kg, giving a load capacity of around 2,000kg depending on specification.
The full-width loading ramp combines with the beaver tail of the trailer to make for easy loading. There’s plenty of slope in advance of the flatbed so the risk of grounding a mid-mounted mower is significantly reduced. A handy feature is the removable corner posts at the back. By removing these posts, equipment with a width in excess of that of the trailer can be loaded. Then the posts are simply returned to their positions and the tailgate lifted and secured as normal.
Props to the rear of the trailer can be used while loading takes place and then folded away during transport. For load securing, there is a good number of lashing hooks.
But what really sets this trailer apart from many of its competitors is the way it is constructed. The trailer is made of steel and then the whole thing is hot-dip galvanised so that the welding and everything else is galvanised. The A-frame channels certainly look strong. They have extra metal supports along their length.
We are also impressed with the lighting protection offered by Trojan. The rear lighting is incorporated into the tailgate.
“This does mean the bulbs are going to get a shaking when the ramp is dropped and lifted, but the lighting assemblies themselves are well protected,” says our reviewer. “The lights on the sides are rubber-mounted so they just bend out of the way in the event of getting caught. That’s definitely a good idea.”
Trojan has addressed the security issue by providing a lock to fit the coupling system. When locked, the device prevents hitching/unhitching.
Trojan Trailers also supplies a range of wheel clamps and is now offering Data Tagging using miniature transponders and thousands of identification micro-dots in a paint-on solution.
Optional extras are available for this trailer, including ladder rack, spare wheel and carrier, tie down rings and a winch post. Interestingly, the winch post is bolted through the chassis rather than being fixed by U-bolts. We reckon this method, combined with the shortness of the post and a winch-through hole in the headboard, should contribute significantly to strength and stability when using a winch.
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