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Tri-Axle Tailgate Removal

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Verto, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Verto

    Verto Junior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 8

    Looking for some creative ways to lift off a Tri-Axle steel tailgate. Do not have access to a forklift, loader, or anything like that. Need to remove it so a spreader can sit in the bed.

    My current method is basically an engine crane bolted to a 10ft steel pole. Have to pull a pickup behind it to act as a counter weight... takes about 10 minutes but may be a pain to do when snow is falling so trying to find a better way to do it.
     
  2. RJ lindblom

    RJ lindblom Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Gantry crane with a chain hoist is another option.
     
  3. Rat_Power_78

    Rat_Power_78 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Off is the easy part. Gravity will help with that. Getting it back on is the tricky part...
     
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    How are you putting the spreader in?
     
  5. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Why not just go to your friendly gravel bank.Have all your possible rigging ready and let them do it with their loader.
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Ya, what are you going to do to get a spreader in there.

    Personally I would look for an under-tailgate spreader and save the headache of trying to remove the tailgate.





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  7. Verto

    Verto Junior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 8

  8. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    You're spreading diesel?
     
  9. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    It's faster working than salt,especially when you light it up with a gasoline chaser.
     
  10. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    LMAO Thumbs Up

    That is a sweet looking spreader.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The gasoline chaser is essential in temps below 10 degrees. Like straight salt, straight diesel does not work as well in the colder temps
     
  12. Verto

    Verto Junior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 8

    it's a henderson hydraulic spreader. has a small diesel engine to power the hydraulic unit...
     
  13. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    I assumed that's what you meant but when I read through the link I didn't see anything about the engine.

    Very cool concept, even if I do dislike the idea of another engine. Sure wouldn't discount the possibilities.

    Any more info regarding the engine?
     
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Do you have a tree with a branch strong enough and high enough to support the tailgate?
     
  15. Verto

    Verto Junior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 8

    nope no tree at the house. as i said current rig is 4x4 steel post with an engine crane bolted to the top, pretty redneck...

    the engine is an isuzu diesel. has about 26hp. makes it completely independent of the truck, so no need for PTO pumps and lines. spreader is a beast. 14ft stainless. bigger than most pickup trucks... has a built in liquid system which is neat, and the leg system is great because it's easy to store and you can actually use the truck.
     
  16. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Very cool.

    I'd love to see one up close and personal. I highly doubt I want to see the price.

    The leg system is nothing new, Monroe came out with it a good 10 years ago.
     
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Isuzu diesel. Is that still top shelf?
     
  18. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    No silly, Cummings are top shelf. Thumbs Up
     
  19. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Had an Isuzu 4 banger diesel in my 1981 Chevette---55 mpg.Last I heard it was at 300K miles and still running fine.I'd call that top shelf.
     
  20. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Let me guess, no PS or PB, right?