Truck Stake pocket mesh cage..HELP!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by XOFMOT, Sep 1, 2001.


    XOFMOT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I've searched, I've looked, and I even tried to chase down a few area trucks that have them, but no luck..can't find.

    What am I talking about you may ask? I'm looking for a "INCERT" that goes into a pick-up truck's stake pockets that raises the bedside height to the height of the cab, if not even a little higher. the ones I seen in my local area are made of a diamind pattern mesh material and it makes a "MESH BOX" out of you pick-ups bed. Any one have or seen them? Thanks!
  2. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 363

    Dont know if who if anyone makes them.
    Thay prolly built it themselves with some scrap metal and some expanded steel, and welded it together.
    I've seen wood ones but never expended steel, Sound like a good idea, but I would think to many clippings, dibres would escape leaving a nice trail down the road. Wood may be a better choice. and easier to build yourself.

    XOFMOT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    Well, from the minimal amout of responce on this subject, I guess I'll either have to dust off that ol' skill saw or fire up the MIG welder.
  4. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Hey Tom,
    I saw the same thing up here in NH on another contractors truck. Very clean looking, painted it to match the truck. I looked around as well but couldn't find it either so I assumed he fabricated it himself. Sorry I can't be of any help. If you do find one commercially made, let me know.

  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    I've never seen anyone sell one for a pick-up truck. I made wood ones that looked pretty nice and its a good place for a nice advertisement. Good lookin sign with the fox on it, ya know?

    Either way if you do it or go to a welder, thats the only way it will get done.

    Upload some pics when you get done!

    XOFMOT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I'll Show you all some pics when I do what ever it is that I am going to do! I think I'll end up doing the mesh. Thanks again for the input!
  7. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I know a couple that have them.
    One was built by a metal fabricator (around $350 I think).
    The other is built by a landscaper that does welding and painting(auto) in the winter. He built the dump box for his 350 and all his underbody storage boxes. They look great.

    Try a local fab. guy and see. It may be cheaper than you think. What is wrong with the 1x4's on stakes made of wood ? Much cheaper and lighter.


    XOFMOT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161


    Thanks for the insight on aprox. pricing, I'll check into a few local shops on Tuesday. Thought of doing the wooden sides, but after seeing the expanded metal versions out there, I'm hooked!
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Don't forget there are advantages to wood.

    1. pieces are easily replaceable from anywhere.
    2. can nail or mount anything anywhere on them without a welder
    3. they are lighter
    4. much cheaper

    But I see why you would want to go for it....they are pretty slick looking.

  10. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    I'd like to see that!

    Could you walk us through the actual designing and construction processes? You could take a break from time to time, take a few pix, post em and let us know how you do it.

    Just a thought.

    You could put a tarp down if you were worried about loosing debris.

    My 2

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