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Leaf loader lift

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jonny B., Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Jonny B.

    Jonny B. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am looking for a Manufacture of a lift that attaches to the side of dump truck and lifts a bin or tray up and into the bed of a dump bed.

    I do not like to use leaf loaders into a box. Presently use a Zturn to pick up and can use a clam shell or a collector then can dump clippings or leaves into a tray like bin , hit the button and it will lift and dump into truck bed automatically, so I can get back to work , not dump on ground then pick up again with leaf loader, allot of time wasted, time is money..

  2. Paragon Ridge

    Paragon Ridge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Here is a complete dump body that I've seen in magazines ( http://theenerbuilt.com/ ). One side folds to the ground to lift clippings and the other side dumps. Its a side dump so you don't have to unhook the trailer.

    Are you able to charge more for bagging the lawn clippings and using a mower for leaf removal?
  3. Jonny B.

    Jonny B. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Because I live in Mass. , I have discussed with all my residential accounts and agree that mulching seem to give better results. I do charge more for bagging if the lawn gets too thick , due to rain, fertilizer, etc.
    I use a new FERRIS is2000 , 54" deck with mulching gator blades, for all the great lines and pristine cutting.
    I save my 54" zturn husky with a cyclone rake to vac up all the leaves in spring and fall. It can take a beating. This is the best I can come up with for now.
    The link is great, and thanks, This is a large scale version of what I was thinking, I will design and build a smaller unit for my needs. Thanks again.
  4. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I think one could spend a lot of time sucking them up again with a leaf loader for what that thing probably costs. You'd have to do a lot of leaves to pay for it. I've never tried to load leaves with a loader, I guess it can be time-consuming.

    Just an idea. Does anyone make a leaf loader that could be somehow mounted or swung away so that it allows a trailer to be towed behind your truck as well?

    I believe I've also seen a setup where they had a ramp that replaced a tailgate and folded down from the truck to the trailer, then the trailer's own ramp, so that one could back a walker type mower right into the truck and dump in the bed. I know I've seen ramps that were sold showing pictures of that somewhere.

    Not that this specific model is necessarily the right thing, but you get the idea. A truck mounted ramp to go into a properly modified trailer so you can dump into the bed directly.

    http://www.discountramps.com/truck-bed-ramp.htm or

  5. Paragon Ridge

    Paragon Ridge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    That ramp idea is smart and cost effective. When I was on vacation in Deleware, I saw a guy with a stake body truck and a custom trailer that had a ramp in the front so it could fold down to the truck and he could back his walker mowers in the truck bed. If you know a welder, you should buy the same type of ramp used for the back of the trailer and weld it to the front. That set up sames more time and space on your truck.

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