2750# Pallet delivery without piggy-back forklift but how?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by adam.neusbaum, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im the local bulk compost residential delivery service for a regional company & have recently received several bag pallet orders from garden clubs. I have an Isuzu dumptruck that can haul 3 if needed but im stumped on how to unload each 2750 pound pallet without breaking them down & stacking the (55) 50# bags by hand. Even my Case 1835b skidsteer can't help me cause its a lightweight. Can't really afford to hire it out. Thoughts please.
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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Get some fat friends to hang off the back. I've done it.
    Or just split the pallets in half or take a quarter off each one and restack etc. Not familiar with your machine but surely it can lift 1400?
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  3. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    Talk to your local towing companies about hiring them to make the deliveries with a flatbed car hauler. It will tilt down to the ground and the pallet will slide right off. These guys are used to that stuff and shouldn't charge more than a tow. Guys that install generators use them all the time. Back the trucks up to each other and slide the pallet from one to the other using the winch.
    And yeah, that 1835B is only good for 1200 lbs max.
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    All the companies that sell stuff on pallets carry a fork truck on the back of their trucks. We get compost delivered to us by the trailer load and they fork lift it in. They will deliver directly to big accounts for lawn companies.
  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    I checked into the "Donkey" brand all terrain forklifts but I can't justify a $4500 unit for just a few pallets. In my early business years I figured that just by possessing a tool or piece of equipment the jobs would certainly follow, it's not so. Now I keep sound advice in mind to only make a buy when I'm pressed into it. Nothing worse than something just sitting idle. Thanks just the same.
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  6. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Btw, I'm taking a helper to offload the 110 bags total by hand tomorrow. I do appreciate everyones input.
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  7. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dump em off the truck ? Hand unloading wont be that bad with help. Good luck.

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