Adding a StakeBed Dump

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by kutnkru, Jun 23, 2001.

  1. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    We just purchased a 1986 Chevy 3500 12ft StakeBed with a 350/5speed. I was wondering what you guys would say is the best type of ram system (hydraulic or electric) to have mounted on this vehicle.

    The truck was bought from a farmer who used it strictly for private use on his farm. The truck is in exceptional condition for the year.

    Thanks for your assistance.
    Kris
     
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
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    When I built my 1 ton dump a few years back, I used a 7 ton electric hoist. I never had any problems with it. If you go electric, make sure you seal up all the solonoids good before the winter. If not they go quick! I can't remember exactly but I think I paid between $1200 - $1500 for a nice diamond tread flat bed, the hoist, and a good tow plate with a pintle hook, all installed.
     
  3. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go with hydraulic. We had 2 identical stake trucks except one had hydraulic lift and the other electric. The electric was slow to lift and occasionally it didn't have the guts to lift a load of wet soil to dump. The hydraulic was fast to lift and it would move a mountain. BTW I am notorious for overloading trucks which may have some bearing on this
     
  4. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a hydro on my 72.....yes 1972 chevy c-30. It was used for roofing for the first 18 or so years of its life. It sat for 8 or so years and I have been using it even since.

    No problems to date with the dump (It has been in the family since it was new so I know).

    Guido---I think you got an exceptional price on your bed, dump and hitch. My hitch alone was $250.

    jeffyr
     
  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
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    I made out pretty well on that deal, I went to a little hole in the wall in SOuthington, CT, and they hooked me up!

    And I want to apologize, I was in a rush earlier and didn't red Kris' post very well. If I had a manual tranny I would go with PTO. I had no choice but electric, and I was just telling my experiences with electric. If you have the choice, go off your PTO though.
     
  6. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am not familiar with adding on a PTO.....is it possible to do and is it cheap enough ? What are the requirements ? I just thought that a truck would have to be ordered with a PTO, just like 4 wheel drive. Doesn't it work like a transfer case and spin the gears when the lever is engaged.

    jeffyr
     
  7. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
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    On my Ford I have central hydraulics with an auto trans. Works the plow and the dump box. Best setup I've seen but they are a bit pricey to have installed. My truck came this way and its been the best part of the deal.
     
  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    Tomorrow I will check into the Hydraulic and the PTO systems. I will get back with you on what some of the local Trucking Repair Shops had to say.

    Kris
     
  9. Foz

    Foz LawnSite Member
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    Kris
    Check with Binghamton truck body, that is where i got my dump box & hoist (Rugby) nice unit, PTO driven
     
  10. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    Foz

    Thanks for the tip. I stopped by Frank George and Cook Bros. the other day. I completely forgot about the boys on Alice St.:eek:

    Thanks again, I will call them tomorrow.
    Kris
     

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