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buying a truck with a contractor box on it

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sirsweatsalot, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    im looking at buying a truck with a contractor box on it and hoist... i was wondering if i could take to contractor box off and put a flat bed on and still have a hoist? would this be posible and/or would this be a lot of money and a waste of time.
    thanks!
     
  2. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    Does the hoist mount to the bed or is it a custom unit sitting on the tool boxes?Either way a little fab work and there shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    it mounts to the bed. there or no tool boxes on it its more like a landscape bed i guess with the tail gate and two sides that fold down.
     
  4. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    When you take it off,pay attention to the way it is supported underneath,on top mount it is plated and braced inside the toolbox,i would assume this is braced off the frame and you wouldn't notice losing any bed space in a contractor body because it's already narrow but if you braced off the frame on a flat bed you would tie up some room,maybe not?
     
  5. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    here's a pic of it

    plow truck.jpg
     
  6. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    I see,I see,I had pictured a different box,anyways properly braced you should have no problem.
     
  7. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    Well if i was you and i was going to change over bodies i would sell the the dump body with hoist as a package deal then just get a new one with a flatbed .Then you start out fresh with new hoist for your new bed.The flatbeds are chaep compared to the one that you have on it now.
     
  8. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    Up here we call that body a mason dump

    Contractor bodies are usually utility bodies with lots of compartmenst for tools
     
  9. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Yup, we call it a mason dump here too (in fact, someone asked what a mason dump was in another thread).

    Why would you want to change it to a flat bed? In a way, it already is a flat bed, only better. By thatI mean the sides fold down, and are removable. The tailgate folds down, and is removable. The cab protector is worth more than you can imagine, compare to a flatbed. Remove the tailgate and sides, and you have a sturdy flat bed.

    Remember, in the event of an accident, whatever you have on the bed better be secured well, or it will go flying into the back of the cab, and could be fatal. I would rather have the cab protector on the mason dump body than nothing, or something not as strong.

    ~Chuck
     
  10. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    And here I am wanting something like that to replace my flatbed:( .
     
  11. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    Mick maybe you guys should swap. I would keep the dump myself.
     
  12. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    Up here in Maine we just call um 1 ton dumps.

    Geoff
     
  13. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Geoff, what if the dump is on a 450/550?? LOL
    is it now a 2 ton dump
    Dino
     
  14. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    well thanks for the advice im thinking i might just keep that bed on there. BUt i might just get the whole thing blasted primed painted... i guess it is a pretty sweet deal. my dad pointed out being that i woud be useing if for chemicals for lawns in the summer it would be better for getting the last bit of liquid out of it and a snap for cleaning it... as well as 101 other uses that might come up in the future. Mason dump huh, i like 1 ton dump.
    thanks
     
  15. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    i would keep the mason dump.you can do alot more with it.like install a tailgate sander.i've made some nice leaf boxes for those dumps,but yes a flat bed is easier to make.more places to mount strobes to.plus the cab protector is the way to go.
     
  16. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    yeah mike i was wondering about a leaf box for it i suppose you don't have a pics off one you have seen or made?
     
  17. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    Do a search here on that topic,Pelican built a kickaxx leaf picker/box for his truck with a bunch of pictures.