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Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:03:21 PM »
There was a LT40HD come up for sale in my area recently and I procrastinated too long before I decided to take a look at it..  :(  Once of the reasons was my pickup truck is a ford ranger sport.  Per the manual it can pull 4800+ lbs, but I have my doubts this is enough of a truck to safely tow and stop a mill of that size.

This leads me to my question, what are you using to tow your mill.

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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 10:17:19 PM »
I've towed mine with a fourwheeler, they have trailer brakes make sure you have a controller that works and shud benfine
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 10:54:00 PM »
You were minimum but OK.  I only do portable sawing so 4X4 is a requirement.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2017, 12:27:31 AM »
As mentioned the have electric brakes . I had an "88" Ranger once man what a beast ! I pounded that thing hard . Best 500$ I ever spent .
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2017, 01:01:48 AM »
As long as it has working brakes, the mill weighs in at about 3,900 lb, so I would say you are safely under the limit.

A heavier vehicle gives you a bit more margin, and would be better going up and down hills etc. 4 WD certainly an advantage when you need to go off-road, which is where logs tend to live.

But the Ranger should haul it OK

But then I've got a slightly lighter mill that tows just fine behind a Toyota hatchback.  :D
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 02:07:26 AM »
I know you said 4,800# limit.  But what engine do you have?  I had a Ranger that had a 4L v6.  I used it to pull my boat that was supposed to be 1,200# + the trailer and gear - so probably 2-2,400#.  No (working) brakes on the trailer.  That engine had a lot of torque (so it felt) and I could really move with that boat on the flats.  Had it in the hills one time and it was a job.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
That's where the trailer brakes and vehicle weight become important.

My little Toymotor has the same engine as a Highlander SUV with a 5,000 pound tow capacity. I'm sure I could get a LT40 up to highway speed easy enough. Stopping it heading downhill into a corner is a whole different problem.  :o
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 07:35:39 AM »
Are you just moving the sawmill locally or are you driving hours away at highway speed ?  Flat land or mountains ?  You maybe able to pull the sawmill,  but going down a big hill I worry about steering and brakes.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2017, 07:38:01 AM »
I know you said 4,800# limit.  But what engine do you have?  I had a Ranger that had a 4L v6.  I used it to pull my boat that was supposed to be 1,200# + the trailer and gear - so probably 2-2,400#.  No (working) brakes on the trailer.  That engine had a lot of torque (so it felt) and I could really move with that boat on the flats.  Had it in the hills one time and it was a job.


Ranger is a 2006 Sport 4X4 automatic, 4L V6 engine...  Most of my milling projects have been within a 10-60 minute drive, and yes there can be some hills to deal with.

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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2017, 07:57:56 AM »
You are good but be sure that the sawmill brakes work. 
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2017, 08:04:05 AM »
I pull an LT40 all over the north GA mountains with a 2006 Nissan Frontier 4x4, 4L V6 manual, towing capacity 6300 lbs.  It does fine but a shift into 3rd and sometimes 2nd gear is often required.  Keeping the trailer brakes in good working order is a must.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2017, 02:14:14 PM »
Having pulled a 3500 lb travel trailer with our 97 Ranger 4.0 I would say you are marginal at best. It will work on the flats but hills or a quick evasive maneuver could raise the pucker factor to a whole new level.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2017, 03:52:09 PM »
I hate to suggest how others might want to spend their hard earned sawmill dollars, but... an upgrade to a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck would greatly improve your ability to transport the mill, logs on a trailer/arch, milled lumber and support equipment (tractors, skid steers, forklifts, etc.).  All of which would help in productivity and maybe profitability.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2017, 03:57:54 PM »
I only think you need another pickup if you intend on doing portable sawing.

Buy the mill and do a few jobs to earn enough to trade up.

If you are going to saw at home you won't even need the truck you have. If you enjoy milling as much as I do and can get logs delivered and product picked up by customer you may not ever go anywhere but to the mill!

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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2017, 04:24:02 PM »

 If you do portable sawing watch the auctions for something like this, those side boxes work great for everything.

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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2017, 08:30:44 AM »
Just a side note. My friend has a class 3 tow hitch on his Dodge Caravan and insists he can tow 5,000 lbs.  All I said to him was to be safe . Because he is towing his 20 ft pontoon boat 3 hours away. With a vehicle already loaded down, Air conditioning and stereo on high blast, just because he can . I also wonder if his 2 inch ball is rated for 5,000 lbs. Any machine/trailer that comes with a 2 5/16 ball should never be changed down to a 2 inch ball. Just my two cents.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2017, 11:19:37 AM »
Any machine/trailer that comes with a 2 5/16 ball should never be changed down to a 2 inch ball. Just my two cents.

Some that come with a 2" should have a 2 5/16"
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2017, 11:30:33 AM »
red, what road does he use? I want to stay off it. :o I regularly see questionable towing setups, yesterday an F-250 pulling a three axle 30+' fifth wheel went by me at somewhat over the posted limit. The worst was an old CJ-5 with a lift kit and large tires pulling a medium sized travel trailer, an accident just waiting to happen.
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2017, 12:52:24 PM »
He starts in Pocono PA and usually goes to Lake George NY . Sad part is his two young kids and wife ride with him. If anything ever happens his cheap auto insurance will not pay. You can pay me now or pay me later , he Never pays his part.
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Re: Towing vehicle for LT40HD
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2017, 12:57:59 PM »
Google say a 2" ball is rated for 3,500 lbs. to 12,000 lbs.
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