View Full Version : by hand or truckloader

03-21-2004, 09:42 PM
Hi Guys, New to the site picked up tons of info. Decided on an insert based on the sites input.

1.Do most of you guys load your trucks by hand or truckloader?

I am going to get a Little Wonder Truckloader at some point. Some of the local guys use the truckloader even to load the grassclippings.

2.What your thoughts??

GLS, nice looking truck, I like the newer wheels on it!! I'm probably going to copy your side boards but wonder if they will work OK using the truckloader when I get it? Will probably make a removable top.

3.Does anyone have pictures of a truck box they use on an insert? How did you put the top vent?

Sorry if these question have been asked b-4 but I'm still learning the site. Havn't figured out how to look in the past post easily yet.

03-21-2004, 09:50 PM
Do a search, you will find others

03-21-2004, 09:58 PM
ksland, what did you use for mash? I'm not clear on how to do a wide search?

gene gls
03-21-2004, 10:08 PM
Fresh grass clippings do not load good with a truck loader, the wetter they are the harder they move. I use my loader mostly for fall cleanups.


03-21-2004, 10:29 PM

What size truck loader do you have that it won't pick up wet grass clippings?

gene gls
03-21-2004, 10:51 PM
I have a Lesco 16 HP.

03-22-2004, 12:04 PM
That's interesting. I'll have to test out our 16HP Billy Goat truck loader with the wet grass. Just bought it this year. Seems if my shoe isn't tied tight enough it would suck that thing clear off my foot.

Thanks for the reply.

gene gls
03-22-2004, 02:28 PM
It will suck the grass up but its not fast or easy. Its a pain to have the loader with you all the time just to pick up grass.I can fork it on the truck faster than the loader will pick it up.


03-22-2004, 04:50 PM
Thanks Gene.

I don't intend to use the truck loader for any type of grass pickup (well, maybe thatch). Although, it's good to know in case something comes up.

03-22-2004, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by michaeconstantine
I'm not clear on how to do a wide search?

Go to the red Search button near the top of the page. Type in something like "leaf box" or "venting leaf box".

That should get you started. There are several threads with helpful pics, including pics of venting the top.

good luck.

03-22-2004, 06:01 PM
Sounds like many of you guys load the grass clippings into the truck by hand?

what seems to be the least labor/time, with a pitch fork or by other means?

03-22-2004, 09:31 PM
dump it out of the bagger, right into the back of the truck.. If I'm bagging a large property, dump the grass on a tarp, when its full, hook the tarp up to the back of the Z and tow it to the truck..

Very simple.. Pitch forks are best for "shoveling" clippings.. Or the really big poly shovels.

03-22-2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks for your input!!!

gene gls
03-22-2004, 10:40 PM

I use a 5 tine manure fork with a long handle.


The big problem I have had with the grass clippings is that they settle about half way up the 10' section of suction hose. Then when you shake the hose to get them moving it will suck up a big glob and all but stall the motor or want to clog the upper pipe. If you use a short hose then they should suck up a lot better. I havn't bothered to try a short hose. Also, with a loader you need the body inclosed which will be a big pain when you need to through in tree limbs and sticks. I end up with a mixed load most every day.


Green Care
03-22-2004, 10:52 PM
Ijust use a mesh tarp on the top.

06-02-2004, 09:14 AM
my box has been used now for 3 years from spring to winter grass is no problem 11 hp billygoat loader i solved all problems with packing & there is allmost no leaking from small partacles
will hold aprox 100,000 sqfeet of grass clippings

06-02-2004, 09:46 AM
Hey Boston,
Great looking box! How is it fabricated?? Looks like aluminum trailer siding outlined with aluminum angle iron. Is you top hinged? What did you do for structural support and mesh on the top?
Sorry for all the questions but your box looks nice, like the way I'd like to have one.


06-02-2004, 09:56 AM
thanks Mike I cant give you all the details yet but yes alluminium frame panel construction solid top vented & top opens, 300 lbs does not dedicate truck allows bulk loading

06-02-2004, 09:59 AM
this was not cheap to build but i havent had to do any thing but put it in & wash it once a week

06-02-2004, 10:26 AM
nice job, you should sell them!!!!!

06-02-2004, 10:41 AM
i know there is demand but im not sure @ that price if it whould sell i do know however that this thing will pack more grass & hold more leaves Cleaner than anything else i've seen

06-02-2004, 10:45 AM
think i replied to the wrong thred...oops

06-02-2004, 11:06 AM
suns here got to go Cya

mdb landscaping
06-02-2004, 08:47 PM
heres a vent i had on my box