Building a shelf into dump I

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Rick13, May 10, 2013.

  1. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Need some idea's on building a shelf into my dump trailer so I can load organic compost quicker.

    I've seen Adam's pictures of his set up....which is great....but I don't want to drill into the metal bed of the dump trailer.

    Here's a few pictures....and I think I've got a good idea on what I need to do....but would like to see if anyone has any good ideas!!!!

    Shelf needs to be removable.
    Also removing the shelf...needs to be completed by a solo person.

    Thanks for everyone's input!!!!

    Basic Drawing Shelf Ecolawn.jpg

    Ecolawn Shelf 1.jpg

    Ecolawn Shelf 2.jpg

    Ecolawn Shelf 3.jpg
  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    So My Theory on making This Shelf....

    At 30 degrees the orange cones would slide down the bed of the dump trailer.
    At 35 degrees I think I should have the shelf flat
    At 40 degrees the shelf will start to angle towards the Ecolawn (which I need to make sure I have the shelf doesn't hit or go below the hopper).
    At 45 degrees....this is the max angle my dump trailer will travel. Most of the organic compost should be out....and what's left should slide down easy....making sure I'm still above the hopper.

    So hopefully I will be able to start it tomorrow if its not raining here in Northern IL.

    No ideas????
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    What about a metal cross brace that attaches to the hooks on the top of the bed where a tailgate could be mounted. Then use a heavy duty panel (wood or steel) to ramp from the floor to the cross brace. This would leave no permanent modification to the trailer.
  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    That's a good idea knox gls!

    I might notch right in front of the hooks, and maybe make a "L" shape out of 2 x 4's (2 of them for strength). And when the weight of the compost pushes on the should hold in place...because the metal hook is there acting as a brace.

    Then just place some bolts and nuts to connect the rear brace to the ramp. And like you said....that way I can take it in and out.

    And then as the rear drops....I can always set the dump back down to take the pressure off of the ramp....and then I can add more wood in the rear brace area to lift the ramp stay above the hopper. This way the ramp is adjustable.

    So I should cut a notch in front of the hooks and use the hooks as a brace...right???
  5. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Ecolawn / Dump Trailer with Plywood Ramp off of Metal or 2x4's braces Picture. What do you think?

    I don't want to mess up the bed of the dump trailer....but I do spread tons of organic compost and would like to speed up my load times.

    Ecolawn Wood Ramp off Metal Hooks.JPG
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    I would be worried about the material sliding out.

    Personally I would just raise the bed once in a while with the doors closed to slide the material back. And just push it out with a pitchfork.
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  7. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2x2 sq. tube steel might be a better cross brace material esp. if you have to do any notching on wooden 2x4s for them to fit.
  8. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Looks like it would be close with the gate shut. Have your gate fabbed up hing open like a dump truck gate. Looks like the shelf would hurt how much material you can carry as well.
  9. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    TriCountyLawn the gates can spread like a dump truck. And yeah...I won't be able to carry as much compost....but if I can unload and spread it quicker...I think I would have a better set up. Plus driving back for more compost would give me a break....which is nice!!! LOL!

    But maybe I should just skip making this's a little more work shoveling out of the rear....but not terrible. And I do like my set up, just trying to think of a quicker way to move the compost.
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you see my suggestions?
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