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Leaf Unloader Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Captain, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    We've had several ideas/methods proposed on how to get the leaves out of the trailer/truck. We're not fortunate enough to have a dump unit. The method I want to try is the old "Pallet In the Front of the Box Trick". I've got the box (4' tall), built on a 16' trailer. It holds about 11 cu.yds. when packed full. To move this amount weight, what strength rope /cable or type would you suggest using as the pulling mechanism? Also in your opinion, would it move easier with a couple of 2 x 4 's on the floor acting as rails, minimizing the drag on the trailer floor. Any help/ideas would be appreciated. I'm wasting too much time unloading by hand.

  2. MOOSE

    MOOSE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    You want to use a heavy chain. I was using a lightweight chain and it broke. The heavy chain will last. I have a stake truck and I hook up to a tree and drive away. Works good.
  3. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Thanks for the advice, Moose
    I was thinking of that, as well as those web type tow-straps you see at H.D., Lowes and truck supply stores. (Less cost involved at $1.00/ft.) They have a 4000# rating and will take three (total 60') for my project. Still thinking....Thanks again


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