moving a leafloader solo

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by vaacutabove, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,011

    I bought my first leafloader this year I do have a swing away hitch for the dump. But my problem is I cant pull a trailer with it hooked up. Tall side trailers is all I have. This is the second time I have had to move it adound my self its a 16hpgreat BG. Love it just to dam heavy. How do yall move this stuff with out a loader or fork lift of some kind. It sits on a Dolly in the shop but drive way is gravel so even thats out.
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  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,137

    I have a trac vac loader 16hp VG hitch mount. I have it on a dolly and I can get it in the hitch by myself with it on the dolly. I can't get it out of the hitch by myself. Wish I had the swing away hitch so I could just mount it once and then take off and put back on the trailer. I have to remove mine everytime I dump.:cry: Hope someone on here has a good idea how to do it.
  3. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 440

    I use a forklift. But u could use like a winch or chain and pulley from the ceiling or a pallet jack . Something along those lines
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    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    I have a 16 hp mounted to my trailer so I can still tow my trailer...I use a dolley or have someone give me a hand
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  5. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    i've seen them mounted to the tongue of the trailer for the spring and fall and then removed during only the mowing seasons. Might work good for you and would only take a little welding
  6. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    I've seen solo operations without forklifts take them on and off via engine hoists. However, being on gravel complicates maters as the hoist wheels are designed for asphalt. If you can modify the wheels to roll on gavel it should work.
  7. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    i think i would use a 4 wheeled dolly and build it up with lumber to make a platform that would put the loader about where it needs to be and back the truck to the edge of the garage and you should be able to jockey it around a few inches to get it lined up :weightlifter:
  9. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,759

    I know a guy who has the exact same thing... it's decent, but you might as well throw the winch away, it's crap, more specifically the soft metal handle that gives out.

    He put a 3k# superwinch on it and re-enforced the bottom of his truck using a 5" piece of channel across the width of the bed to keep it from sagging when it gets weight on it. Pretty sweet setup now. He can load a 48" walk behind with it.
  10. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    All of these ideas have disaster written all over it. I would find a way to mount it on the trailer so the only time you need to move it is before and after the season. Ours is mounted on a frame that slides into our plow hitches, we still need at least two guys to get it on and off.

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