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Exact Rototilling
12-19-2010, 03:13 PM
I'm looking for info on current manufacturers of ALUMINUM dovetail conversions for my Toyota. Ford Ranger would also apply - same basic bed size. I'm not aware of any Aluminum Dovetail flat beds in existence.

Reason for Aluminum is less weight of bed conversion so more payload can be carried and I already own a classic 85 Toyota, no need to get a Ranger, that is in very sound condition except for the rusted bed. I've got daylight showing in the bed and one spot in the fender. I looks pretty iffy. I get offers for buyers constantly. Cab is in excellent shape. I have an 85 extra cab with a more modern classic lines than the early 80's Toyota pictured.

I'm contacting the importer and/or manufacture of the bed pictured here if they can mod this current bed for my purposes.

Any Input appreciated.

http://www.uteltd.com/img-gallery/img-22.jpg

gasracer
12-19-2010, 05:43 PM
Not sure of the cost but if you could find a local welding shop they could fab you one from scratch.

Exact Rototilling
12-19-2010, 06:40 PM
Not sure of the cost but if you could find a local welding shop they could fab you one from scratch.

Yes - all options are on the table. The pros of going with a current manufacturer of aluminum flatbeds is their ability to make extruded aluminum pieces tooling etc. or already have sources lined up making the process faster with a more professional cleaner appearance with less material.

Here are some pics of Lawn Jockey's STEEL Dove Tail to get the ball rolling. Anybody know what the weight of this unit is compared to the bed that was pulled off?

Exact Rototilling
12-19-2010, 06:54 PM
The owner of this truck [I believe it is sold] was going to make an aluminum version. I really like the squared away appearance of this design.

FWIW I'm trying to get away from 21 mowers completely. I'd get out of mowing yesterday if I had fiddle with 21's when I can use a Quick 32 or 36 etc. Less weight, smaller truck/trailer footprint etc. I mow solo and if I hire anybody they will be set up to run solo in this type of rig smaller properties of course. Frankly the amount of clippings generated by a crew of two running this type of truck would quickly overwhelm the vehicle. Solo is even iffy...as far as I'm concerned as far as grass clipings. This is still the big glaring fly in the ointment on this concept.

gasracer
12-19-2010, 11:16 PM
I wish I had gotten a picture of a service truck my local dealer came across. It was a Ford Ranger with a extra axle under the back of it with a full size aluminum Landscape bed on it.

trailmaker
12-19-2010, 11:24 PM
Those aluminum drop side beds look extremely practical. Does anyone know anything about prices.

Exact Rototilling
12-19-2010, 11:54 PM
Will find out this week I hope.
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gasracer
12-19-2010, 11:54 PM
I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.

Exact Rototilling
12-20-2010, 12:56 AM
I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.

Is this it?

trailmaker
12-20-2010, 02:46 AM
I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.


Where did you see those for sale if I may ask? I've always liked those Home Depot F350s but I've never seen them for sale.

newjerseylandscaping
12-20-2010, 04:11 AM
subscribed, i kindof want to know were you saw hd trucks fs as well.

gasracer
12-20-2010, 09:05 AM
Here is a few in our area.
http://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/2114516914.html
http://nashville.craigslist.org/ctd/2113056379.html
The one in Selmar,Tn I went to check out. They drive good.

gasracer
12-20-2010, 09:22 AM
Here is a internet search for some others.
http://www.truckertotrucker.com/listings/110402.cfm
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2006-Ford-F-350-1-Ton-Aluminum-FlatBed-1Owner-53kMiles-/120662452167?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item1c180ae7c7

knox gsl
12-20-2010, 10:31 AM
The beds on the home depot trucks are made by truck craft.
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gasracer
12-20-2010, 10:40 AM
When I went to look at the in Selmar,Tn. We set the ramps up that come with them to see what angle they were. I wouldn't be brave enough to drive a ZTR or a veilke up them into the bed.

Here is what I don't like about them. The gas tank is in the very back behind the bumper. Getting a trailer hitch mounted could be a issue.

knox gsl
12-20-2010, 10:54 AM
When I went to look at the in Selmar,Tn. We set the ramps up that come with them to see what angle they were. I wouldn't be brave enough to drive a ZTR or a veilke up them into the bed.

Here is what I don't like about them. The gas tank is in the very back behind the bumper. Getting a trailer hitch mounted could be a issue.


What website did you find these on? I really like these trucks, but the only one I've seen forsale someone had painted the bed.
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gasracer
12-20-2010, 11:41 AM
I found them on Craigslist and did a internet search and found a few. They are fleet leased to Home Depot and are released after a certain time. Most have under 60,000 miles on them.

knox gsl
12-20-2010, 07:27 PM
How much are they selling for?
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gasracer
12-20-2010, 08:31 PM
click on the links i posted they have the details.

Exact Rototilling
12-20-2010, 09:54 PM
When I went to look at the in Selmar,Tn. We set the ramps up that come with them to see what angle they were. I wouldn't be brave enough to drive a ZTR or a veilke up them into the bed.

Here is what I don't like about them. The gas tank is in the very back behind the bumper. Getting a trailer hitch mounted could be a issue.
I agree - I use folding aluminum ATV ramps and a standard height truck:


Quick 36 on occasion - works very well.
Plugr 850 Hydro - works well
Lawn Solutions WB aerator - still works but requires a fair amount of up pressure on the handle bars
Blue Bird S22 seeder/power rake - not fun or recommended. :cry:
Honda HS 1132 track drive Snow Thrower - works well


That's what makes the dovetail mod ideal for this biz - no silly ramps to fiddle with.....:rolleyes:

Here is the UTE bed with ATV ramps - I see safety violations here. Unless I can't see the anchor straps....?


http://www.uteltd.com/img-gallery/img-13.jpg
http://www.uteltd.com/img-gallery/img-05.jpg

Exact Rototilling
12-20-2010, 10:12 PM
The beds on the home depot trucks are made by truck craft.
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Thanks for the info.....looks like a Co. who could rig up slick Dove Tail beds with their experience and fabrication know how :)

Exact Rototilling
12-21-2010, 08:18 PM
Just called UTE ltd. The bed pictured here is Just under $2,100 not including shipping. Weight is #250 less than the orginal bed. I guess one can put a Tailgater Ramp (http://www.tailgateramps.com/)on it and be good to go? Bed is a full a 6 feet wide.

http://www.uteltd.com/img-gallery/img-22.jpg