View Full Version : leaf loader on tailgate

10-02-2008, 06:27 PM
Do you think that an 18hp leaf loader would be too heavy to mount on a pickup trucks tailgate? it weighs approx 300lbs...


10-03-2008, 12:36 AM
Thats a lot of wieght to trust to a tailgate, I bought one of those platforms that you put in the hitch and set it up on there.

10-03-2008, 10:17 AM
Just make sure your cables are fine for the tension and it shouldn't be a problem. I've seen more than 2 150+ lb people sitting on tailgates with no problems. If its going to be permanently mounted you might want to do some bracing so it doesn't shear anything when you're driving.

10-03-2008, 11:31 AM
I have the same truck as you and I have had 500+ pounds on my tailgate numerous times without a problem. I'd say you could easily have it on there.

10-03-2008, 06:10 PM
I think that if you hang it on a verticle tail gate( closed) It should bend the tailgate. Tailgates are pretty flimsy IMHO.

10-03-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm sure it would hold the weight,Your concern should be if you trust the latches to remain shut when you hit a bump.It also might kink the outside of the tailgate?:confused:

t j lawn care
10-03-2008, 11:36 PM
I had my 18 hp billy goat loader on my tail gate last year on my 1994 1/2 ton chevy pickup. I did shim out the latch on the inside of the tail gate so the tail gate would not open when driving, also I installed a eye bolt in the middle of my leaf box. I installed ratchet binders to the eye bolt and to the billy goat loader to also support the loader so the tail gate would not open. This year I invested in a 3/4 ton chevy pickup truck with a ez-dumper installed and a swing away hitch for the billy goat loader. When I get the leaf box installed on my truck, I will post pictures.