Permagreen Carry Rack

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by coolluv, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. coolluv

    coolluv Banned
    from Atlanta
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    Looking at purchasing a carry rack from B&B for my Permagreen Triumph. Questions for those who have used one.

    What did you like about it and what did you not like about it?

    Is there anything better out there for transporting the Permagreen.

    I currently use my landscape trailer but I would like to get away from pulling a trailer.

    Any help is always appreciated.

  2. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a BB rack for our HPS, it's good only thing with it is the ramps were too short had to add extensions. Our hitch on Isuzu was too high. I have a custom rack we had made for our triumph and it's on our 2500hd. The BB rack is worth the money.
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  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sold now, but I used a custom-made ride-on rack that fit into two hitch tubes. I had a one-ton pickup. Very strong. I could remove it, and store it in four pieces(weighing about 50 pounds, each) by using a socket wrench...took ten minutes. It had taillights. Rust was a problem due to the fertilizer and its effect on steel. I suggest rust-free galvanized steel, aluminum or wood wherever the strength of steel is not needed. Be sure you cannot drive to too far on and have it fall off the left end. Be sure to have anti-hopout bars; plus extra-strong, yet easy-to-use don't want it to be stolen or hop out at a bumpy rail track.
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  4. coolluv

    coolluv Banned
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    I talked to Bill at B&B today and the way he made it sound once you load the Permagreen on the carry rack you don't have to tie it down because of the way the rack folds over the rear tires and the front tires are locked in also.

    Can you explain that to me? Do you need to use any other tie down methods?

    Thanks Dave...
  5. coolluv

    coolluv Banned
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    Those are good points. The only thing that concerns me is the weight. He said it was around 240lbs. He said he uses a pallet jack to take it off and on the truck. I guess I will have to get a pallet jack also. I use my truck to pull my landscape trailer so I will have to remove it after I finish using the rack.

    I need a separate fert truck but not in the budget right now.

  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you didn't want the pallet Jack...and do not want 6 bolts like I had on mine...have him assemble it with 4 big pins--like the ones used to mount a snowplow. Pull the pins, remove the ramps and you have 4 pieces that you can handle by yourself. I put caster wheels on the ends of mine so I could move the pieces around easily. Unplug the lights wiring, of course.
    Look it over and satisfy yourself that both the back wheels and front wheels cannot bounce off. Avoid expanded metal traction strips as they are rust-prone and almost impossible to paint. Reflective strips improve visibility at night. Take a look at your local laws to be sure you are legal in length. Keep in mind your license plate will probably not be visible. have a flat surface instead of two tracks...then...potentially you could carry other aerator, mower, slit seeder, two spreaders, road kill, your needs may vary.
  7. LCharter

    LCharter LawnSite Member
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    The B&B carriers are worth the money. And yes they are heavy, we always use 2 guys or the forklift to install/remove.
    The ramps do fold up over the tires and with the proper anti-hop plates (make sure you indicate which machine you have) the machine is locked in good. I do throw a small ratchet strap over the sulky and into the holes provided on the rack if I am going a long distance when its on a truck that I can't see it in my mirrors. If I am using a pickup or doing close stops I don't add the strap but if my route leaves any doubt, I take the extra minute to strap it and not worry about losing a $5k machine.
    We added an expanded metal insert on the ramps in the middle so we could load an aerator or other narrow power equipment, our Lesco Slit seeder fits without the inserts and by lowering the anti-hop plates, it locks in place also.
    As for the expanded mesh, yes it does make for troublesome painting, but we use a rust converter from Gempler's or Dultmeier, to convert the rust and apply 1 coat of paint and it holds up pretty well thru the season.

    If I can convince the Boss, we will order a second one so I can keep one on our service truck and one for the route truck that needs to use the triumph.

    I have been looking online but can't seem to find B&B online anymore, did they change their address or go out of business?

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't have a BB rack I made my own it can be removed by 1 person in a couple min. No pallet jack needed

    The only down fall i have had is when you load your truck the back goes down and the rack will drag on things like drive ways and roads that have steep up grades

    But i fixed this problem last year buy moving the receivers at a slight upward angle about a 1/4 inch higher in the back

    But i really like a my carrier rack

    No trailer here

    Charles Cue
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  9. Mykel Sumner

    Mykel Sumner LawnSite Member
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    I liked it until one of my guys went over a RR track with it and it fell off.
    Also we had a young girl texting a driving and rear ended one as well ruining the machine. Living in Michigan we have converted most of our trucks (11 of 17) over to this carrier. It works great for us being in the snow plow industry that we can take them out in the fall and put the salt spreaders in. lets me not utilize one truck for just fertilizing like a Box truck.
    This is the system! We are very happy with them. Not only do they keep your equipment up and out of the way from people running into it or backing into things they are interchangeable from truck to truck. Try doing the with a box truck. Had a truck break down and we just undid the 4 turn buckles and put it into another truck. Another thing I love about it is it has enough storage on both sides as well as the liquid tank up front for an entire day + some. Believe I can carry 32 bags of fertilizer plus what ever the machines can hold.

  10. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
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    I use a $ 246.00 lift table from HF to remove mine by myself.

    I also have a better lift to pick up $ 500.00 for it but it is a nice jack.

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