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Unloading pickup truck with leaves

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Barrett Landscaping, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. mvp landscaping llc

    mvp landscaping llc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I used it one day when delivering and unloading topsoil. I dropped four seperate loads of 1+ yards at 4 different locations in less than 2 hours. The guys at the nursery that I was picking up from looked at me like I had twelve heads when they saw me pull in and unwind this tarp. By the end of the day they were all asking me where to get it and how much. As long as you have a plastic bedliner in the truck, not a rhino spray liner it works great. They sell an optional mat to make it even easier in the event you do have the rhino liner. When I bought it I was thinking that there was no way this thing was going to work, but for $150 it was worth a shot. Once you get it assembled it takes 5 minutes to hook up to your truck or any other truck as the mount is universal and has straps with it. I dont know exactly how much a yard of topsoil weighs but I would guess it has to be real close to a ton, my f350 handled like a nightmare with the load in it, so I know it was rather heavy. I think you would be quite surprised with the performance of the unit. In the big picture $150 bucks is nothing. Figure the low side of labor charges would be $40/hour, it takes less than 5 minutes to unload a full bed of material, opposed to 30 - 45 minutes to unload by hand and shovel, it pays for itself in 4 loads. I know I sound like a sales rep for these units but I was just beyond pleased with the performance and recommend it to everyone who asks about it. I understand your concern with wet leaves, but if there is enough weight on there you will not have a problem. In the event that you do have a problem, you could always lay a cinder block or two at the base of the cab in the bed on the tarp and that would give you the weight needed to keep the tarp in place while unloading... Anyhow, good luck with whatever option you come up with, keep us updated, who knows maybe I will be eating my words in a couple weeks while doing my leaf cleanups cursing this contraption and apologizing for recommending it to you, lol.

    MICHPLOWER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    Why not just use the the pallet ideal but hook up a winch so the winch can haul all the leafs out just in case there's no trees or loader to help. just what I am thinking of doing let me know what you guys think of the ideal. good or bad.

  3. Millers Lawn Care

    Millers Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I say AMEN to MVP on the Loadhandler. I have had one for the last 6 years & it is definitely money well spent. I use it every day for my grass clippings- just throw them in my 3/4 ton truck & at the end of the day, its a breeze to unload. Sometimes, if we get lots of grass & really have to stomp it down lots during the day to get it all to fit, the tarp will want to slide out underneath. Then I just have my brother stand on the load in the front for extra weight & that usually takes care of it. Granted, it doensn't get ALL the grass out cause of the wheel wells, but for sure the bulk of it anyway. They do make several different sizes & I think the heaviest one is rated for 3500 lbs. altho I'd be a little hesitant to put THAT much on one. I have never seen someone that has one of these & isn't thrilled with it! But there I sound like I have stocks in the company so I'll sign off.
  4. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    I don't know about your areas, but no one around here has anything to tie onto to drive away, also this keeps the leaves on top of your tarp, but on the ground.
    Just gotta put a tarp under and pull fork it until light enough to peel off.

    no matter what you spend on a dump, it will be worth it to the extent that you will kick yourself for not getting one sooner-I'll never buy another vehicle that doesn't dump! (MAYBE NOT EVEN FOR MY WIFE LOL!!)
  5. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    I tried the load handler years ago and got stuff behind the wheel wells (if you clean out the wheel wells, you may as well just unload the truck by hand), also, if I only put clippings from 1 lawn on it, the wind would billow and drag the tarp out from under the grass (sometimes the next job is 1 exit up the freeway etc...)
    and i'd have 8' of tarp blowing out the back. was no fun for me.
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    Use a backpack blower.
  7. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    I think people want to do it quickly
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    If you don't have a dump bed or skid save your back. He's only got the 250's bed.
  9. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  10. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,645

    "He's only got the 250's bed."

    what does that mean, like a ford F250? and what point are you making?

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