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Factory Dump Bed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pllini, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. pllini

    pllini LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2

    I know that this is a bit off topic...

    I am considering buying one of those hydraulic scissor lift kits that install under the factory 8 ft bed.

    I do some light landscaping (dirt/crushed stones) and some demolition work for remodeling room/apts.

    Do you have any experience with these? Recommendations? Are they just junk? Will the factory bed take the abuse?

    I appreciate any help.
  2. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    around me Long island, we can get a dump installed for 2500, everyone i talk to loves them. i am planning on putting one on my 1500(8ft bed).
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I think it kinda depends on make and year of the truck. I looked into them but my local hydraulics shop said that over time they could push thru the bottom of the bed. My truck was an '88 Ford F-250. I DO, however know another lawn guy in town that has the same year/make truck as mine and he has a hoist under his bed with 12" to 16" high extentions on his bed. He takes two FULL loads of grass to dump EVERYDAY on average. As far as I know he has had no real problems with his lift OR the bed on his truck.

    I know you will get the recomendation on here from many members to look into a dump insert. I wish I would have before I put a flatbed dump on my truck. Would have cost me half as much and if i wanted to get a different truck, no problem, slide it out of one and into another. definately worth the look.
  4. pllini

    pllini LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the advise so far.

    Btw, I have a 01 GMC 2500HD.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    the new truck beds suck they will not take 2 much abuse before they rip or break in half get a dump insert it saves the bed and increases resale of the truck because the bed is not beat
  6. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Exactly, truck beds are not built like they use to. Just look at a truck go over a bump and see how mush it twists and flexes. Its beacause its made out of sheet metal and plastic. I would not use your factory bed as a dump truck, go with the insert if you are set to have your truck dump. Personally i would either get a dump trailer, or a real dump truck thats built to dump.
  7. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    What kind of truck are you talking about? I had one of these type dumps on my '73 F-250 for 15 yrs. I was the only driver of it so even though at times I had quite a bit of weight in it, I'd always make sure that the truck was either level or perpindicular to a hill when I was dumping. Didn't want it to twist while going up with a load on it. You have to remember it's not a dump truck and treat it as such, but it sure make unloading loose material easy.

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