Leaf Box

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FerrisDiesel, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Where we dump, they have a giant concrete block with a metal beam attached to it. I have a pallet with a reinforced 2 foot backstop on it attached to a tow strap. I always keep the tow strap towards the doors on my leaf box so that all we have to do is unhook the trailer, open doors, attach rope to the concrete beam and drive off. The pallet pulls out almost all of the compressed leaves the loader shoots in and all I usually have to do is use the steel tooth rake to clean up around the wheel wells. A dump truck is not in the budget for us, and this method has not failed and we will be doing the same on another truck this year.
     
  2. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Ferris, Check out my pics of my leaf box that i made last year. its in my thread. What size leaf loader did you get?

    It was easyer for me(where i dump) to not use the loader to unload the truck, instead make the box so that you can stand up in it. im 6'3" and i could stand in mine, this will help a lot when unloading. Then get yourself one of those good mulch pitchforks, the ones that are almost like a scoop but are a pitchfork. And honestly the leaves would flake out of the truck with out a problem. For the top i did a full mesh tarp, I got it from Harbor Frieght it was like 30 or 40 dollars its not the best but works, and that was just fine for me last year. Good luck
     
  3. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey Ben,
    I picked up a Billy goat 16 hp briggs and stratton.........needs some welding and a hose, $300.00!!
     
  4. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    wow that isnt bad at all! i just picked up a 16 billy goat, non running(clogged jet in carb) new impellar, some holes in housing that im gna fix next year for 700!! thought i got a good deal but yours is a lot better hahaha. good luck!
     
  5. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ben, how tall was that leaf box on the old red truck? 8 ft??
     
  6. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i want to say from the inside of the truck bed floor to top was about 6.5-7feet. not positive i can check for you though
     
  7. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
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    it was just a sheet of plywood on its side?
     
  8. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yup it was a piece on its side and about 2 feet on top of that not sure though i will measure it for you. and go to harbor frieght for the tarp! and be prepared for a lot of dust all over the truck hahaha
     
  9. i cut with ferris

    i cut with ferris LawnSite Member
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    what every you do just make sure you close the windows! if not have fun clean the inside lol
     
  10. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol thanks guys,
    I have built leaf boxes before for my old boss, but just never on a pickup truck. Like I said, I was just concerned about the height, and top-heaviness, and also how much of a pain it is to empty it without a dump insert. Sounds like I have a pretty good idea on what to do, I will post pics when I get it done.
     

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