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Truckloader Mounting

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowdini, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. mowdini

    mowdini LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    I am looking at a new truckloader for Fall cleanups and was wondering how most of you guys & gals mount the truckloader to your vehicle. Do you use a skid mount and mount it to the front of your truck, skid mount to the bed of a trailer, swing-away mount or any other ways you may use. Thanks!!!
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I keep mine at the head of my trailer
  3. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    I think it really depends on your particular set up as to where the best place is to mount it.
    If you mount it on the neck of the trailer, it might be too heavy with the equipment in the trailer for the receiver hitch rating.
    I think the best way is a swing-away type setup.
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    Can you mount truck loaders on the back of tailgates? I remember seeing some loader a while back where you had to physically hook it to the gate. While that would be a pain in the butt for gates which swing down, it would not be a pain for one which swings to the side. Can it be done? What is the largest truck body you would want to put a loader like that on? What do those types of loaders max out at on HP?
  5. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    I have the Giant Vac tailgate mount, but it was never mounted on the tailgate. I could not picture this machine mounted on a regular pickup tailgate....it just seems way too heavy. Of course if you have a steel gate that is a different story. This year I am going to buy a Lesco swing away mount and weld this to the underbody of my dump. Cant wait to set it up.......I better hurry, leaves will be falling before you know it.
  6. mowdini

    mowdini LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    fblandscape--I've had an 11hp Billy Goat which I hung on the back of my truck. You're right a real pain in the butt if you want to drop the tailgate. It doesn't work that's why I'm looking at replacing it. I am looking at a new Little Wonder truckloader with a swing away mount that plugs into the receiver hitch on my truck. Real slick unit.
  7. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    I have a Billygoat loader mounted on the front tongue of my trailer. In the fall I just try to move more equipment to the back of the trailer to lessen the tongue wieght.
  8. A1 Lawn@Landscapes

    A1 Lawn@Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    Which one do you buy if you want to both use your tailgate to unload the leaves and use your hitch to pull your trailer with equipment?
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i recall seeing one company....dont quote me, but i think giant vac makes a swingaway hitch that goes into your receiver, and there is another receiver mounted on the vac to tow the trailer? or it was a similar type setup...... heres a thread of kslands truck.....a real nice setup maybe you could do something simliar?

  10. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 420

    We only have the trac-vac 2100 11 horsepower, but we had a swing-away hitch fabricated for the hitch for our chevy one ton. when truck is full, we swing the leafloader to one side and lock into position. Then dump and swing back in position and relock it.Works great.

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