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Leaf Season

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wallzwallz, Aug 8, 2001.

  1. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I know it's august,grass is fried but i'm thinking ahead to leaf cleanups,I've had a tailgate loader for 2 seasons, love it just a pain in the a@# to get on + off dump truck. I'm looking for ideas + proven methods of making a swing tailgate for dump. I would buy it but can only find the mount for pickup bumpers. I don't want to mount it on the trailer because i like to backup to gates of backyards.If you have pictures that would be great. I did a search but only found what type of leaf loaders,any + all help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance Mike Wall

  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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  3. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    a friend of mine has a leaf sucker for his dump truck. its a swing away deal. he just had to add a 2" hitch to the back of the truck, and then buy the loader. now he is set. i am not sure how well that works with the trailer there though.
  4. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    thanks eric, those are the threads i looked at,a couple of different ways to mount but what i want is a gate on outside of existing tailgate that loader stays on for leaf season when dumping you pop the pin swing over to side of dump put in pin and dump. I have a general idea of what i want , i just figured somebody here had built one already + worked the bugs out.I have the metal stock + welder ready to go,if i don't start soon it'll be a winter project. What do you do for leaves?

    Mike Wall:cool:
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It seems there would be SOME way to build one like a spare tire rack. Use a couple of pieces of round stock, about 3" i.d., and perhaps 3/8" thickness, each one maybe about 6 or 8 in. long, and weld them right to your steel dump body on the drivers side, spaced over top of one another. Use square tubing or round stock for your frame, and have a right angle on the drivers side that will allow the frame to reach around to your side tubes, sort of "conforming" to the rear corner of the box. This (the frame)could just drop down into the tubes and stay held with pins. On the passenger side of the back, devise a latch, that you could pull a pin and the unit would "break away" from the tail gate, and swing around to the drivers side. Now, it won't go flush, it'll have to stick out the side a bit when opened, but this can be held with a strap while dumping. Good luck with it!
  6. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Now THAT is cool! That mount looks like it was just the ticket for what you needed at that time. (Isn't it great when things come together like that.) Where did you get the curved discharge chute for that, and does that provide pretty decent vacuum power with that size of impeller unit?
  8. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    John that's exactly what i wanted , to get a look at mounts , i don't have any old plow frames but i'll make something work thanks

    Runner what is that a little Babba Oreilly for your signature?:cool:

    Anybody know where to get those mesh tarps?

    thanks Mike Wall
  9. John thats nice

    I didn't have time so I bough a Giant Vac 6001 trailer model
    But mine will never clog

  10. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    Runner, I had a local welding shop make the curved discharge chute. That one's only a 5hp with a 6" hose, loads the truck in about 15 minutes wet or dry. Suction is not a problem. The only time we get it plugged is when some of the hired hands try to suck up sticks.

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