Box Truck Strength

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by CountryCare, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. CountryCare

    CountryCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Anyone know how strong the box trucks are? I was thinking of coverting one to a chipper truck, since they are so cheap to pickup just add a dump hoist and change rear door
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,632

    youll be better of taking the box off and having a dump bed built to fit the walls wouldn't stand up to the force of chips pushing out and also from the force of the chips being thrown at them
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    I have seen some makeshift tree equip around here since sandy but a really cool one was a flatbed dump with a shipping container strapped down and a torch cut hole in the door for the chipper. find a way to close the hole up after and you keep your flat bed dump, and separate container. combine for awesome occasional chip truck.
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I saw alot of debris trucks like that after hurricane isaac. Grapple trucks pulling flatbed trailers with shipping container on it with the top cut out.
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  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Yup theres about 5 of those parked at a hotel down the road from my house doing Sandy cleanup. I saw a few of them that used containers for the truck beds as well.
  6. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    theres a vast difference in the strengths of the box depending on its construction .Some boxes are just crap ,others are really solid heavy duty units .It also might be fairly easy to toughen up a crappy box .
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,647

    Only thing strong on a box truck is the floor............Bad Idea
  8. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    I would advise against it. Since all the accidents i have been at they break very easy because all they are is plywood and sheet metal.And when they wreck the cleanup is a mess cause cargo goes everywhere which means $$. Think about putting a piece of plywood in front of a chipper discharge or trying to support thousands of pounds with a piece of plywood. Now if you strengthen it then it should work but like others have mentioned the shipping container should work well with minor work. Or another option is making one out of 2by lumber buy that cost may be close to a used container.
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  9. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    have you guys never seen a frp box ? 3/4" plywood sandwiched between two thick layers of fibreglass matt makes for a very tough box .Yes there are all kinds of junky boxes out there ,but there is also many awesome ones as well .I guess it is possible you cant get them in the states .
  10. bearmtnmartin

    bearmtnmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Just add some extra ribs and maybe another layer of 3/4 inch fir plywood.

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