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Old 01-28-2013, 12:01 AM
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Flatbed with removable dovetail

I have been playing with the idea of getting rid of my trailers and going with a flatbed truck. Right now I have pickup trucks and rack dumps with landscape trailers and I use those trucks as plow trucks in the winter or use the rack trucks for clean up. The downside in going with a flatbed truck is that it only has one use. If I decide to go with the flatbed trucks with stationary dovetails I can't use those trucks for anything else. I've been doing some research and came across a company called Blue Ridge Manufacturing they make something called a grasspro RDT. This seems to me to be the best product on the market for removable dovetails. I thought this was a great idea because in the winter I can remove the tail put a salt spreader in the truck or even use the truck for cleanup and or mulch. Here is a link to see it in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45J7R...e_gdata_player I was wondering if anyone has seen this in person and if you know the cost of something like this. Let me know your thoughts and or suggestions.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:48 AM
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Looks neat - can you fit two ztrs on there with baggers? It would be tight!
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:10 AM
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How much is that setup?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:27 AM
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Funny you started a thead like this as i am currrently in the process of fabing up one of these! Were trying to get away from the trailers and go with a single truck we could use for mowing and also meet all of our landscape needs. From my research it seems that Wil-ro.com is the only company that professionally makes these other than the grass pro guy. But I'm not sure what company he's with? The ones from wil-ro do not require you to have a dump bed in order to attach them to your truck. I have some close up pictures of a removeable one I'm using to make my own if you were looking for some
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:43 PM
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I'm sure if it didn't dump you could pop it off with the skid steer
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:11 PM
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Funny you started a thead like this as i am currrently in the process of fabing up one of these! Were trying to get away from the trailers and go with a single truck we could use for mowing and also meet all of our landscape needs. From my research it seems that Wil-ro.com is the only company that professionally makes these other than the grass pro guy. But I'm not sure what company he's with? The ones from wil-ro do not require you to have a dump bed in order to attach them to your truck. I have some close up pictures of a removeable one I'm using to make my own if you were looking for some
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The one thing I didn't like about wil-ro was all of the stands that were required to disconnect the dovetail. When I saw this one I fell in love with how easy it was to load and unload it. I'm thinking I would at least need a 16' bed plus the tail to fit two 61" bobcat riders and a 36" walk behind. I'm going to try and contact the company tomorrow to see if I can get more info.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:41 PM
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I was looking to do the same thing as well. Can't seem to find his website but I'd sure be interested in learning more.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:45 PM
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The one thing I didn't like about wil-ro was all of the stands that were required to disconnect the dovetail. When I saw this one I fell in love with how easy it was to load and unload it. I'm thinking I would at least need a 16' bed plus the tail to fit two 61" bobcat riders and a 36" walk behind. I'm going to try and contact the company tomorrow to see if I can get more info.
I like this one better than the Wil-Ro for the same reason. I guess the only downfall would be if you had debris on the truck that you wanted to keep on there but also remove the ramp section.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:26 PM
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Here is the website but they don't have the removable dovetail on the site they only have the stationary one. http://www.blueridgemfg.com like I said I'll try and call tomorrow to get more info. Unfortunately they don't have distributors in NJ
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:36 PM
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will you post the price of these tomorrow when you find out? ironically, i have been searching online for about 2 hours tonight for a landscape/mowing bed...not a lot of info out there surprisingly for as popular as they are...the only one i came across was wil-ro as well
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