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Hauling equipment with a flat bed tow truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Hummer, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Hummer

    Hummer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Does anyone do this? At first thought it seems like it might be a good idea for hauling a skidsteer around on to job sites.

    I've been researching trucks and GN trailers for hauling an ASV RC-100 (or Bobcat T300) with a Fecon Bull Hog, and I thought it might be better to just use a flat bed tow truck.
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    If you have one already, I' say go for it! should work great, but I couldn't see buying a flat bed just for that purpose.
  3. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    that would be ok, If you don't feel you need a 'dump' to haul material. I'm trying to find a tandem 'drop-box' or 'hook truck' with interchangeable beds that is capable of 35,000# cargo, as I want to haul both CTL and mini-ex + attachments.

    I currently use a trailer, and many sites I go to are tough to get into (and out of) with a trailer. Do you use multiple attachments? It is handy to have ~20+ feet of deck space for multiple attachments. I often take stumpgrinder, grapple, 4:1 bucket + mower, sometimes chipper too.

  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Why not get a Roll-off instaed of a hooklift they are kinda limited. Get a nice single axle w/ lift axle
  5. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i know a guy around here that had a tandem axel rollback that he used to move a case backhoe, a 550 john deer loader, and a small dozer. it worked really well for him. easy to get in and out with and no trailer hassel
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    one of the rental places around here delivers machines on a 24' flatdeck, they can fit quite a few skids on the truck at once. Look at the switch n go system for interchangeable bodies, etwman has an awesome setup with 5 or 6 bodies now on 2 (goin on 3) international 4700's
  7. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    What are some of the 'hook lift' limitations? (x-tra Weight, less angle of lift; come to mind) I have my eye on an 'ideal' older unit, (roll-off) but it has been sitting for several years (hyd's (about 8-10 cyliinders) don't like that!) It does have 3 drop boxes, including one with removable sides, ramps, and D rings (was used for a backhoe)

    Unfortunately I don't have a ton of time or $$ to fix it, tho It could likely be had for under $4000. The DOT requirements on a 30 yr old truck could set me back, + it needs 10 new / replacement tires ~ $2000. I need to get into something that I can use.

    I need the traction of a twin screw, and likely will get a '4th' lift axle to do some contract hauling, tho there is not much profit in that... The unfortunate issue I find is most Roll-Offs seem to be automatics, not great when trailering in mountains, and using 'off-road' during wheat harvest.

    I would really like a truck with HF hyd, so I could mount my SkidSteer Chipper on the truck and use its Hyd to operate it, that way I could use the grapple on skid to feed the chipper
  8. The Yard Barber Inc.

    The Yard Barber Inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    I have thought about that before but, I think everyone an there brother would be bothering you for a free tow. I have used one before and they work great for bobcats and stuff because the winch is great whne you get the machine stuck. If you can find one for a good deal, go for it.
  9. firelwn

    firelwn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    theres aashphalt trucks around here and thats what they use for there rollers and such. I think that it would work pretty good
  10. firelwn

    firelwn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    oh crap asphalt:drinkup:

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