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Old 11-04-2013, 10:35 PM
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Our completed Leaf Collection truck

This is the leaf truck we fabricated after looking thru Lawnsite and using our own creativity and things we stumbled across.
It started out finding the 1995 GMC W4 that a guy decided to sell and not make into the truck he wanted. $1500, already serviced, cab and chassis. After trying to find the flatbed we wanted, we came upon the metal box with 3 foot sides and barn doors on the back-$240. We then had to purchase an electric over hydraulic lift from a trailer manufacturer-$600. After looking for a leaf loader, we were told Little Wonder was great (by the dealer of course). He then changed his tune to Echo Bearcat. While searching Craigslist we found a Billy Goat DL 2500S for sale. A couple of calls and we picked it up for $4000, with additional 20 foot of hose, that they told us was $1000 alone, with only 12.6 hours on the unit. Basically brand new!!

To the fabricator it went to all be put together. Lumber to extend the bed and make the box, some paint and decals, and TADA!!!

We did a lot of over-thinking and little ideas on the truck. We had the platform built so that we could have the volume of the leaf box and to keep things off the truck engine. Makes for a handy "tool box". Holds rakes, box scoop, gas cans, cones, fire extinguisher, and blowers. We made a couple of 15 foot sections of snow fence with rebar to put in the ground for a wall/stop when blowing leaves if needed. We hung a few sections of chain from the top to slow down debris and put a board as a deflector at 45 degrees. We used 3/4" plywood with 4x4 posts and 2x4 bracing.

Today was our first run with it and it worked awesome!! We found a spot we needed some screen to keep some dust and debris from coming out, but other than that it worked great. Even with the dump and Slip-plate graphite paint on the floor, we still had a brick of leaves that did not want to just dump. May have to do some thinking on how to do a quick and easy dump.

Would love to hear feedback, ideas, etc. We are the first, and only, lawn and landscape company to have anything like this in our area. People are rubber-necking all the time! Hopefully they lead to more jobs!!
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:47 PM
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You lost big part of dump body you could have it mounted on front bumper.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:22 PM
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We thought about the front mount, but the flatbeds and boxes we were finding were only 9 foot, so we figured it would be a good spot for the loader in the fall (ended up a little higher than we thought at first), and wheelbarrows on smaller deliveries. We have a 2 ton Mack for the bigger stuff. Originally thought about putting hoops and shade cloth on it, but didn't want to tie it up for other landscapes. The front mount would be handier than trying to watch everything in the mirrors, easier to fuel, etc.,but there are always room for improvement.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:03 AM
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Jtlarson, how do you like the truck? I have a freind that has a 4x4 fuso he wants to sell and thought about buying it. how big is your box?
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:54 AM
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We really like the truck. Very agile & sharp turning. Easy to turn around in a neighborhood drive.
We stood 4x8 sheets of plywood up in the box. It is 8' long by 8' high by 79" wide (exterior dimensions). The overall height of the box from the ground is 11' 7". Have to swerve around a few low hanging branches. We ran from 9:30 til 5 and it was only a little over half full.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:56 AM
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You got a great deal and a great looking rig!
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:39 PM
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Great looking rig!
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:18 PM
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Nice rig.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:30 AM
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Thanks! Things are going good with it. Its tough trying to do a route. 1 person on a block hires us and we can't get off the block!!
Mr Force, we did get a great deal! We were ready to purchase a new 18 hp for $100 less than what we got this 25 hp for! We have had several people check out your product. Do you have any stickers or t-shirts we could have to promote your product?
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:17 AM
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