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Flatbed with removable dovetail

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ShadyTree, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. ShadyTree

    ShadyTree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    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=45J7R26GmlY&feature=youtube_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.
  2. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,392

    Looks neat - can you fit two ztrs on there with baggers? It would be tight!
  3. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,294

    How much is that setup?
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  4. tinkerlawn

    tinkerlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    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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  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    I'm sure if it didn't dump you could pop it off with the skid steer
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  6. ShadyTree

    ShadyTree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    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.
  7. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,203

    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.
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,027

    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.
  9. ShadyTree

    ShadyTree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    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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  10. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,286

    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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