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dump trailer w/ walker

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rosolar, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. rosolar

    rosolar LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 172

    I was thinking of getting a 6x14 low profile dump trailer. Planning on designating the front of it for clippings so i could back walker in and dump clippings. any possible flause you can think of? thanks
  2. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Time consuming trips to the trailer. Most guys here use burlap tarps and dump on those, tie em, set them on top of collection box to get them to the truck. There is a company that makes a hydraulic dump unit for the Walker that raises the collection box up that I've seen in Turf magazine but personally I think the reusable burlap tarps would be the cheapest and easiest way.
  3. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    What kind of truck do you have (or are you getting)??? I have a 1 ton dump and 16ft tandem trailer. A buddy and I fabricated a ramp on the front of my trailer so I can drive right into the dump bed.Works pretty slick.
  4. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I don't know how those walkers do on steep slopes but i would be worried about the deck bottoming out on the ramps. i have a low profile 10 foot dump and you would have to have some long and very heavy ramps for me to make it up there with my 48"WB
  5. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    Walker makes a set of bins that sit in the hopper. They work great for dumping directly into a large container and then moving it to the truck.

    I could see the trailer and Walker riding in it with grass somewhat inconsistent. Grass never grows at the same rate and some times you might have WAY more clippings in the trailer and no room for the mower. You could also have an issue with clippings all over your great Walker when you cruise down the road.

  6. bigdaddyspags

    bigdaddyspags LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    Do you have a picture to share?
  7. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Messages: 554

    I use large bulk bags that I can dump in 3 times with the large hopper, and I can still tie up the top. Then just drag them into the trailer.
  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    No, and my wife left for Texas today and she's got our camera. I'll get some when she gets back.
  9. musselman

    musselman LawnSite Senior Member
    from utah
    Messages: 301

    Ive used a walker for years I have thought of a million diffrent ways to make getting the clipping to the truck easier. I like the ramp to truck from trailor idea put the problem I had was id have to take all the equipment off the trailor each stop and it take a while to do. Ive dumped on tarps and in sacks that sucks the tarp can get heavy and Im a one man operation. Ive always wanted to get a billygoat vac and just suck the clippings up not sure how well that would work. What I do now is quick and easy I bought two 50 gallon containers from wal-mart I set them side by side and dump into them this seperates the load for easier hanlding, dump them in the truck and Im done, its very quick. I have a 11 foot flat bed with a homemade roller on it that pulls the clippings real nice. I thought the new inserts would be awsome...$250 waste of money...they suck more grass left in the hoppers than in the inserts...if you want them Ill sell them cheap, whaitI do is much easier. I have a buddy that also built the ramp from the trailor to the truck it works real well and saves the back some, but is a bit more time consuming.
  10. Mowman29

    Mowman29 LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Messages: 106

    But the way to go is the lift for the catcher. I used them in the past and they work great. All the Companies arround here that have walkers use them it less time consuming then dumping it on a tarp then dragging it back to the truck plus it saves on your back. If your going to spend 10,000 to 14,000 on a mower then an extra 500 to 1000 bucks for the lift souldn't really matter. But if your pulling your trailer with a car or SUV then you really sould buy a truck 1st then get a cheaper mower.

    Because no serious Landscaper mows grass in a car or SUV

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