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Switch n Go Truck Bed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rupslawn, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. Rupslawn

    Rupslawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    Is anyone using or thinking of using the Switch n Go Truck Bed by Bucks Fab? I see it heavily advertised in all the trade mags, so would like some feedback on its advantages/usefulness. I was thinking of a retrofit, but the shipping to Honolulu just kills!


    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,426

    You can do more by using a roll off body similar to what the garbage trucks are using. They will lift more and are easier to service. Plus, they are a more standardized system that has been doing duty for over 50 years, not a new concept hoping to take off. The cost of a 15' roll off body and 4 containers is $20,000 installed on a Mack truck. Other trucks would probably be a little more, because the Macks come with all the PTO and auxillary hydraulic and air lines fit from the factory.
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,279

    It will take you forever to make your money back on those small systems. If you are going spend serious cash build a hooklift on at least a 26000 # gvw international,ford or isuzu. SMALL TRUCKS DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY!
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    There are two types of roll off systems which is conventional straight rails which are the cheapest to manufacture. Then there is Hooklift systems built by a few companies all use the same principle of a hydraulic powered arm with a hook on the end that pulls the can over a set of rear rollers.

    I work with trucks with conventional rails (tandem axle truck 40 yard bins) they work fine they do take some practice pulling the bin on.

    I never tried a hooklift there is only one disposal company that has a hooklift its on a 1.5 ton Ford the other disposal companies use conventional rail systems on tandem axle trucks. A hooklift system for a tandem axle costs alot more than conventional rails so its one of the reasons why you don't see many big hooklifts being used.

    I really don't know what the advantages are using hooklift over conventional rails the only benefit I see is you don't have to leave the cab with a hooklift equiped truck.

    I thought about building a 1.5 ton rolloff truck but there isn't enough work to justify it. A 1.5 ton with a dump bed is cheaper to build and makes the same amount of money.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,426

    The hooklifts have made some strides in recent years, but the biggest problem I have had with them is that the geometry in which they are designed will not allow them to lift what a reeving hoist roll off will. Sure there is the arguement of the truck being overloaded and all, but, with a reeving hoist, you open the back gate, spill off a bit, and go. Much easier than trying to dig out an overloaded hook lift box.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    Hey I didn't know that thanks for the info I have been looking for a used hooklift or build my own conventional rails with a telescoping post hoist and a winch. I can see where a hook lift would have problems dumping a load the way the tilt cylinder is positioned.

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