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Taking it with you

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by Orchard Ex, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Orchard Ex

    Orchard Ex Super Moderator

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    I need some of the collective wisdom here. I'm looking for some creative ways to take multiple attachments and small equipment with me to job-sites. I saw an add for Peaqua trailers that showed pallet fork tubes under the frame on the sides. I thought that would be a pretty slick way to bring the forks with me so I'll be welding up a set of tubes under the trailer soon. I'd like to find a good way to bring the plate compactor, extra backhoe buckets, brush grapple and maybe even the Harley rake when needed. Shovel and rake racks would be nice too so that they don't just get tossed over the side of the body. I'm trying to avoid multiple trips and avoid leaving equipment on site as much as practical.

    anyone have some cool transporting systems that I can borrow ideas from?

    What I came up with so far (besides the fork tubes):
    1. A longer equipment trailer (I really wanted to spend money other places this year)
    2. Getting a dump body with the barn door option tailgate to make it easier to load with equipment.
    (Confession - the last idea is a sad attempt to help justify getting a new dump truck. Dang they are nice!)
    Hmmm... Maybe a double rig - first trailer with the backhoe and second with all the other stuff.... :wink2
    Anybody have pictures of your setups?

    Thanks,
    Korey
     
  2. CascadeScaper

    CascadeScaper Senior Member

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    We bought a new tiltbed trailer last year for this very reason. We can put our skid steer and every attachment we own on it. It's kind of a pain to haul everything on it though, but we can. Very rarely do we ever take all 4 attachments to one site. We have a 21' with dovetail drop deck tilt bed trailer with 16' feet of tilt and 5' of stationary deck. In the 5' section up front, I'll drive up going forward with the Harley and drop it on the stationary deck, it fits pretty well up there. Next, with the tilt bed in the loading position, I'll side load the bucket and forks as far forward to the breaking point of the trailer as I can. They key here is to put blocks between the stationary deck and the tilted part while it's up in the air so when you once you put the attachments on it doesn't tilt back down. Once those are on, I put the trencher on the machine and back up the bed (don't forget to pull the blocks!), bind the attachments and machine and we're off. Takes 2 people about 10-15 minutes to load and bind.

    If we had 2 trucks setup to haul attachments, etc., we'd have a tow rig hauling the machine and a couple attachments and an F350 with a 12' flatbed hauling maybe 1 or 2 attachments, plate compactor, transfer tank for fuel, etc. My dad is WAY too stubborn to ever get a truck with a flatbed so we do everything the hard way, but it would be nice to be able to have a "service" truck for the equipment.

    What kind of truck would you be putting the dump body on? If you were putting it on a pickup chassis a Stahl dump box would be the ticket. You can get the fold down sides so you can still load things from the sides. With a 10' box you could get at least 1 or 2 attachments in there, size of truck and attachments permitting.
     
  3. tylermckee

    tylermckee Senior Member

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    What do you have right now as far as truck, trailer, equipment, and attachments?
     
  4. Orchard Ex

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    Cascade - glad to hear that the tilt trailer is working out for you. I was looking at one of those a couple months ago. Looked like a good idea. I can't decide if I might like one of them next time or just go with a traditional deckover. I like the fold-down side idea too, but it does add a bit of weight to the body.
    IF I get a new dump truck I'm 95% sure that it's going to be a single axle Peterbilt 335 and a 10' Ox body with the barn door option. Big bucks but the truck and backhoe are where I spend a lot of my time.

    I'd love to get a service body truck to haul all the "stuff" that would be great to have on site - like fuel, air compressor, tools etc. maybe even an "attachment trailer" behind it to bring everything. But that would mean finding somebody that I could: #1 - Trust to drive it and not wreck it, and #2 - afford to pay. Oh yeah, and finding a decent used service body truck that's affordable...

    Tyler - Right now I have:
    International 4700 S/A 10' dump
    18' 6 ton equipment trailer
    Komatsu D-20A Dozer
    Kubota L39 Backhoe
    2 backhoe buckets, GP loader bucket, pallet forks, rock bucket/brush grapple, T-6 Harleyrake, landscape rake, seeder/spreader, plate compactor and all the assorted crap that you need to do hardscaping and light dirt work like: laser level, paver wet saw, box full of hammers/string lines/stakes/etc. chain saws, shovels/rakes/fuel... (No wonder it takes me so long to load up for a job!) Of course not everything goes to every job - It just seems that way when you are loading up and unloading.
     
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  5. atgreene

    atgreene Senior Member

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    I built this rack on my lowbed to haul a ripper tooth, skeleton bucket, hyd. grading tilt clean-up bucket, 50 gallon fuel tank, tool box, transit, chain saws (with vise bolted to trailer), hand tools, chains, tools, compactor and pump. Works good, but DOT grabbed me and because I couldn't prove it is rated for under 10k, I can't haul it behind my Topkick until I get a class a license. So now I'm selling this one and looking for a 10k trailer to do the same to, as this one was really too big for my needs anyway.

    If I had to do it over, the buckets would go on top and the fuel and tool box would go under. My welder thought they would be too heavy for them up top, but afterwards, we realized they would have been fine.

    Hope this gives you some ideas.
     

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  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp Senior Member

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    We use a Knaack jobbox, I think it's 6'x2'x2' roughly. We have all the shovels, bucket of hardscaping tools, stihl saw, brick extreme saw, laser and a bunch of other stuff. The nice thing is it is water proof and locked up. If we have to leave it at a job site we just set the skid bucket on top. we have a contractor body on our super duty so it gets set in the back and straped to the tailgate and we still have room for attachments or pallets. If we had a split deck for our tilt it could go there. The state highway department has some sort of foldable rack on there trailer that can hold acouple attachments but have never looked close at it.
     
  7. Orchard Ex

    Orchard Ex Super Moderator

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    Fork tubes

    Finally bought the tubes and got out the welder. I'm not a great welder but they seem to be holding on so far. I'm thinking of leaving the burnt paint on the trailer - makes it look like a dual exhaust setup... :thumbsup


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  8. farmerted44

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    very nice idea!!!! :thumbsup
     
  9. CascadeScaper

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    I just realized I contributed to this thread months ago. Since then I've bought an F450 flatbed with a 12' deck and a Tommy Lift gate. With this truck, I can get all the attachments in one trip with one person. Bucket and forks on the truck, Harley rake on the stationary and trencher on the skid steer. I also haul our 24" bucket for the 312 on my truck, it's a little difficult trying to haul 3 buckets on a 24' 20 ton tilt. I'm sure it can be done, but I don't hassle with it, I just grab the cleanup backwards and upside down with the thumb and walk the machine on.

    The fork pockets idea I've been wanting to do for some time but just haven't gotten myself to pull the welder out and get it done. Definately a space saver!
     
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  10. cdnphotog

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    Trailer for Kubota L39

    What did you end up with as the "perfect" trailer design?
    Anyone know the total length (with hoe and loader) of a L39? Is it possible to stuff a L39 into a dump trailer? (under 10,000# cap.)
     
  11. Countryboy

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    Welcome to HEF cdnphotog! :drinkup
     
  12. CM1995

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    :falldownlaugh :falldownlaugh With the burn marks it looks like it's running the new 6.4 Powerstroke.:D
     
  13. Orchard Ex

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    LOL, If you mean me, I'm still looking for the "perfect" design. I ended up getting the Pete with a barn door gate, so it's easy to put an extra bucket in the body. The fork tubes work great too. I had a local shop to fab up a small chain box and I welded it to the front "A" frame. Having a place to keep the chains/binders/chocks is a real plus.
    The L39 weighs just about 7,000 lbs and is about 20' long with the loader bucket down. Not sure of the length/capacity of your dump trailer.