dumpbed kit on pickup bed

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by smoothbore2004, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. smoothbore2004

    smoothbore2004 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 71

    i am thinking of buying one of those kits that converts your bed into a dump. I am not sure about the structural stability of the bed though. Has anyone ever put one of these on or know of someone that has one and how does it work for you. thanks for any advice
  2. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Hi, yes they are Great, buts its hard to find guys to put it on for you, everybody is worried you'll over load it. I had a welder guy insist on putting a sheet of 1/4 inch steel on my floor in case I got screwy and over loaded it. The structual integrity of most pick-up beds is not designed for all tha weight lifting motion.........it really beats a pitch fork or snow shovel for unloading......Good Luck:waving:
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Oddly enough I have been considering one as well. The only things I would use it for would be leaves/clippings and bark so I don't think I would have a problem with it. As long as you are aware of it's limits I think I would be a great idea.

    A freind has one on his SB Dodge and has hauled all kinds of crap with it, including busted up concrete, the the bed has held up great.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    You can get an elcrto hydraulic scissors lift from Rugby and easily make a smaller type frame that would bolt to the pick up body using the frame mounting holes. All you need is some square or rectangular tubing or heavy angle iron and a welder.

    I think the Rugby lift is around $1,800.00 for the small capacity one. I almost think you might be best off making a pick up width flat bed and keeping the manufacturers bed on the side of your shop for when you sell the truck. Even if you load lightly, that bed is not made to dump and it is going twist.
  5. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    That is a good point. It certainly would not take much to make a lighter duty flatbed and as you mentioned it would still be much stronger than the pickup box itself.
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Dump inserts are great especially for mulch and topsoil.
  7. Mowman29

    Mowman29 LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Messages: 106

    Don't convert your reg bed get a dump insert your are only going to spend about 2,800 -3,200 for a truck Craft bed insert. just got one about 6 weeks ago which I had it this past spring. It been great this year with leaves. I know one thing I had my box loaded many times with wet heavy leaves and I had about 1500-2000 lbs in it and it works great. Get an insert it can handle up to 4,000 lbs
  8. smoothbore2004

    smoothbore2004 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 71

    yeah i checked out the dump inserts and they are nice. however they also weigh about 750 lbs. So on a 3/4 ton truck your dump insert is already taking up half of the weight that you are capable of carrying. That means i can only load up about 700 to 800 lbs. Thats why i am considering a dump kit on the bed itself. Only plan on carrying grass leaves and maybe some mulch. SO it doesnt half to be super heavy duty.
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    a 3/4 ton can carry much more than 1500 lbs....
    more like double that
  10. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    My 2005 Chevy 2500hd with a Maxidump insert, a full tank of gas and me in the driver's seat weighs 6480 lbs. The GWVR is 9200 so that gives me a payload of over 2700 lbs without exceeding the truck's rating. I know from experience that it will handle a little more than that.... :)

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