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removing pick up tailgate

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by murphy4trees, Feb 1, 2014.

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  1. murphy4trees

    murphy4trees Member
    Messages: 62

    It just dawned on me that there is no reason to keep the pick up truck tailgate on the truck when the tailgate spreader is on. The pick up's tailgate is just gonna get beat up.. Funny thing though I've never seen anyone run without one in the suburban philly area... I use a sno-x 1075... Any thoughts? Thanks
     
  2. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    We always take ours off. We use a swing away and it gives us a few extra inches when standing in the back of the truck loading salt plus the tailgate is brand new.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    Ummm, my dad started taking his off when he started using pickups, back in the early 70's.

    Back in the day when we used Dodges, we used to take the front bumpers off so they wouldn't get bent in by the plows.

    So welcome to 40+ years ago. :laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    My dad took them off also back in the 70's. Makes it a lot easier to see when backing up was the main reason.
     
  5. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I found that things like shovels etc left in the back were more prone to blowing away without a tailgate... but my spreader was set up to lean on the bed floor, so I took a spare tailgate (with the bottom rotted anyways) and took a chop saw to it, filled it with mono foam and skinned the openings in fibreglass... then had a tailgate that fit around the spreader mount.
     
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I would think the shovels and snow blowers would not stay in the pickup all that well.

    funny thing though I've never seen anyone damage there tailgate with a tailgate spreader in my neck of the woods. most use boss or western.
     
  7. mark268

    mark268 Member
    Messages: 81

    Ours always come off. Never had a problem with shovels or blowers.
     
  8. breadfan

    breadfan Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Replace tailgate with a 2x6 in the last bed slot. Keeps your stuff in and you can still see behind you.
     
  9. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    Leave the gate alone and use your mirrors like you should.
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I can take it a step further and use both my mirrors and turning my head to look behind me. I don't need to remove the tailgate to know where the rear end of my truck is.
     
  11. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Hmmmm, I took our tailgates off in the seventies. :) You guys are aging me. BTW, we use a few bungee cords to keep shovels in. I always notice rear quarter panels damaged on trucks that keep their tailgates on.
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2014
  12. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    uh-oh.... the hardcore plow truck drivers are gonna chime in about how you should only use your mirrors!!! some of these guys are so tough, they actually paint the rear window of their truck black so that there is no possibility of using the rear window for what is was designed to do - see out of!!! God forbid someone should do something to increase visibility while spending half of their time in reverse during some of the most challenging weather!
     
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    Man are you old.

    Or........................were you driving underage? ;)

    (Who says I can't respect my elders?)
     
  14. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I saw it coming too. Hey, don't look out the rear window, you might hit something. Better just use your mirrors. After all, you don't want to get a kink in your neck from turning around and looking. Besides that, it looks cool with the rear window blacked out. :dizzy:
     
  15. Kwise

    Kwise Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    I agree. Only using side mirrors at 24/7 gas stations with constant foot traffic and people who pay no attention to you. Way too many blind spots. Sure, in a empty lot with nobody around I would only use mirrors.
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    He's from Mass, what do you expect? :laughing:
     
  17. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    haha you guys can take your tailgates off if you want to. not something I'm gonna recommend or ever do. I can use my side mirrors, rear mirrors and rear window just fine to see what I want and need to see when in reverse.
     
  18. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    on one of my trucks, I made a mesh tailgate that is similar to the 5th wheel tailgates so you can see through it and still use it to unload stuff as it is half the height of the stock tailgate. in my opinion, that is the best tailgate made. The guys got tires of the cheap potmetal handles breaking in the cold on the original tailgate, so now you just pull a pin and open if you need.
    but I am used to using the mirrors only as the majority of the trucks are dump bodies with spreaders.
     
  19. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Best post of 2014 so far! :nod:Thumbs Up:laughing:
     
  20. fozzy

    fozzy Member
    Messages: 90

    What am I supposed to do when I can't see out of one of my mirrors? It is laying on the ground because I hit something while looking in the other mirror. And my back window is painted black.;)
     
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