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Old 10-13-2004, 04:02 PM
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Need help with rear door for leaf box...

Last year I built two barn style doors for leaf box out of angle iron and plywood. The grass and leaves would get to packed that it would bow the top of doors outward. It was only latched down at the bottom. Over summer, the doors were not latched down and strong wind broke one. No big deal, needed to rebuild anyway. I already decided to make new door(s) out of 2" square tubing. I have a choice here...either to make 2 barn style doors again or one door that hinges from the top...like a dump truck. The area for door measures approx. 6' high and 8.5' across.

1) Barn style doors
pros- would be able to load other debris by hand easily.
doors would open all the way for easy dumping
cons- more steel and more wieght
more time to build
not sure if hinges would be able to withstand all that weight
would have to be able to latch at the top as well at bottom to keep
top from bowing.

2) One door hinged at top
pros- easier to build
would not have to design latch at top
less steel and less weight
less chance of any bowing and would be overall stronger
cons- might have problems unloading grass and leaves (by this I mean when I
go to dump, the door might not swing out far enough for the debris to
unload easily with it's own weight)
would have to fabricate something to hold door up wo be able to load
debris (branches and such) by hand and possibly for unloading

I am leaning towards the one door design, but just concerned about the door swinging out of the way for dumping.

Any ideas and input is appreciated.
Thanks
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Old 10-13-2004, 04:18 PM
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I think you answered your own question. I'll take door #2. Before I finished your thread I was thinking a full door hinged at the top. I have never built one but if I did... Good luck, LCME
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Old 10-13-2004, 04:34 PM
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why not put a garage style door on that thing?
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:32 PM
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heres how i did my box i had on my trailer last year before i sold it. i hinged at the top. worked great. just beef up the top part.

http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.p...tid=3019&stc=1
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:36 PM
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heres the box on our truck at work. its totally galvanized, but this door is hinged a little different. as you dump the door comes up a little so it doesnt hit the ground.
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:40 PM
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what if u had a it hing on the side and have it swing open?
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Old 10-13-2004, 08:54 PM
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Mine is like mdb's except that I used the a draw pin and hooks for hinges so that I could take off the door easily. It works good and dumping is not a problem the door just opens as I lift the hoist. It doesn't have to open all the way to dump. I have a small door on the side that I can load small branches in and any loose leaves after cleaning up from the blower.
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One door hinged at the top should be fine. Mine opens with no problem at all. How much clearance do you have when the bed is in the up position though??? As far as loading I just leave a 2X4 strapped to the side so I can prop it up if needed.
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:55 AM
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One door hinged at the top should be fine. Mine opens with no problem at all. How much clearance do you have when the bed is in the up position though???
I had planned on measuring that before I started construction.
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Old 10-31-2004, 05:35 PM
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Thought I post a little update to this. I have the frame mounted, but need to take it off to do some more welding on the backside of the hinges. I have the sheet metal ordered and should be here sometime in the next couple days. As you can see, there is not much clearance when the bed is in the up position. I will have to see how well the debris comes out under it's own weight before I make any other modifications. I built the frame out of 2" square tubing...18 guage I believe. It's a stout door and don't think I should have to worry about it bowing like I did with the angle iron door I had used before. I will get one more pic here in the next couple weeks when it's completed.
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