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Mulch Unloader

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by kemmer, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    I saw a piece of equipment attached to the back of a dump truck a couple days ago and i should of stopped to look. It looked like it was a tailgate spreader but it had a conveyor where they were unloading mulch. Has anyone seen or heard of such a thing. Im going to go back to the property and ask who they're landscaper is and call them.
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,494

    It sounds like it may have been that new salt spreader that does dual purpose. I can't remember who makes it, though. It is a bulk spreader, or it holds bags and has a hydraulic "wall" that moves from the front to back pushing the bags into large spikes and the salt dumps down into the tailgate assembly. All you do is just pull out the empty bags. Then,...it acts as a mulch hauler and empties like this with an optional attachment.
     
  3. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    No its not the buzz box. It was on a full size dump truck, an international with a stainless dump body with high sides and it had the attachment on it similar to a tailgate spreader but it had a conveyor coming from the side. all they did was tilt up the body and turn on the conveyor and the mulch came out into wheel barrels
     
  4. HFS

    HFS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Sounds like a throwing rig. I worked summer for water proofing and foundation repair company. They had a full size dump truck like your describing but it was used to throw rock along the foundation over laid drain-tile. It could probably be used to throw anything that would fit on the belt system. LATER...
     
  5. Marvin enns

    Marvin enns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I think you probably saw a "smartgate" mulch unloader
     
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,491

    I don't want to argue with you but how does this compare with a mulch blower? I'm seeing a $60k machine pulled by a $60k truck and 5 guys to run this operation. A mulch blower truck can be run by 1 guy
     
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,385

    Well it's more versatile than a blower. you can use it for soil, sand, salt and smallish stone. And in markets like mine mulch blowers are a rarity except for highway jobs- i'd assume this may be due to the dustiness of pine bark.
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,491

    Maybe, there are 3 companies here with them, the biggest has a 40 yard and 20 yard blower.
     

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