Load Handler??? Is it worth the money??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SpruceLandscape, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 502

    Thinking about just getting a couple of the load handler 3000's for putting into the back of my trucks that just cut grass. One of them is a Six foot bed, other is a eight. Has anyone used these? do they work pretty decent for handling grass clippings? I have a line on a dump insert for the eight footer, but they are hard to come by used for a six footer. Didn't know if they will mess with the paint on the tailgate or bed area where it attaches when the tailgate is in the up position. for approx $150 a piece, thought I would at least give one a try for the six footer and see how it goes
     
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,331

    I have a load handler for my Ranger, really makes things a LOT easier. It does booger up the paint a little on the tail gate if you leave it on there all the time like I was, but that isn't that big of deal in my opinion. I am going to get a fullsize one for my Chevy this spring too. They work really good, but you have to be sure and use a pitchfork to clear out anything infront of the wheelwells, as it will "lock" the load in and your loadhandler will just pull out from underneath the load.

    Price seems kinda high though, around here they are like $80 at Orschelin.
     
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 2000's are around $80 or less and the 3000's are around $150 so the price seems pretty good to me.

    For years I thought they were junk but then I finally bought one because I got such a great deal on it, $30 for a 2000, and now I feel stupid for not buying one sooner. They are worth every penny IMO
     
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think for what you get with your money, they are a great investment.
     
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    I used one for years but I had it for my ranger now I have F250 so it's not as wide so I have to clean out the sides a little bit.
     
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ok, I didnt know that there was the commercial (3000) version. Looking at the site, that would probably be the one to get then, even though it is a little more $$.
     
  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    I got a 2000 for my anniversary in 1999. We dump 2-4 loads a week of grass and a few loads a year of rocks or mulch, still going strong, with the labor it has saved, it has paid for itself hundreds of times over.
     
  8. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    I think for $150 they do alot of work for you. I had one.

    I'll tell you right now that once I droped the 3 grand for a dump insert I will never use my Load Handler again. Now that I look back at it they suck. Dont take me wrong they save alot of time forking stuff out.
    My opinion is if your going to be using it alot then you can get it for now and TRASH your tailgate but save some money and buy the dump insert.
    Your going to bust your butt trying to get leaves out if you have a leaf box on the truck.
     
  9. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,508

    Guys...

    Whats the website for this Loadhandler?
     
  10. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
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