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leaf box

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by lmlawn, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. lmlawn

    lmlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    hey i know we are towards the end of fall cleanups but i just purchased a leaf vacuum and needed some advice on setting up a box for an 8 ft bed pick up truck.

    maybe some pics or advice on materials etc..etc

    any help is appreciated
     
  2. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    I'd use half inch plywood and 2x4s. Build a frame with the 2x4s about 4 feet above the top of the bed of the truck, attach plywood with 2 1/2 inch decking screws to the frame on the front, and sides, then take the tailgate off, and use another piece of plywood with 2 16x4 vents covered in mesh and a hole for the discharge to shoot into the box, and attach that to the frame with hinges so you can either swing it out of the way when you are ready to unload, or take it off completely. If you are not planning on getting on the highway and/or interstate you could take the box up another 2 to 4 feet. To give yourself quite a bit more room. That is about the simplest box you could ask for
     
  3. lmlawn

    lmlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    what about the top of the box? do you use a tarp or plywood?
     
  4. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    I used a tarp on mine, that way you dont run the risk of having the top blow off.
     
  5. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    Except for if you did a full back panel. If you closed off the back completely then you would want to plywood the top to keep the air from building up in the box and ripping the rear panel off.
     
  6. lmlawn

    lmlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    you wouldnt happen to have any pics or can take any pics for me??
     
  7. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 441

    Check out this thread!
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=364339&page=3

    Where in RI are you?? I'm in West Warwick, click on the link in my signature and join the RI Networking thread!
     
  8. lmlawn

    lmlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    we are out of east providence, but service all of RI..

    your box is exactly like i need to build it...i dont have a dump insert though.

    i currently have side boards but will probably remove them for the box.
     
  9. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    I built my leafbox frame with 6 chainlink fence posts and toprail. I have a 94 ford f250 which has 6 holes in the top of the bedsides. I welded and bolted the frame together and then built the outer shell with 1/2" plywood. Painted then lettered I had a total of $400 in it. I did 3 cutouts that are about 1'x 2' with chickenwire and the top is also plywood. I tried to post pics but had trouble??
     

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