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Truck needs a new bed who runs flat beds??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by nboeger4, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. nboeger4

    nboeger4 Member
    Messages: 54

    So my plow/landscape truck needs a new bed. I was thinking about going with a flatbed with a couple under body boxes. It also gets used as a lawn care/landscape truck in the summer so I figured I could make some wooden removable walls. Who else runs a set up like this? Pros/cons? Pictures?

    I have only ever ran factory beds. Any flatbed brands to stay away from? I'm in Kansas City and I Have a lot of options.
  2. Ty27

    Ty27 Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    We run one. We love it. I would go to knapheide off of 435 and look at theirs.
  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    We have one truck like this with just one board for the side, its real handy for just reaching over the side to grab things.
  4. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    I've had flat bed on and off for about 30yrs and they're great.
    Check out C&M or Bradford Built.
  5. nboeger4

    nboeger4 Member
    Messages: 54

    I figured knapheide may be a little pricy but I will call them tomorrow. I kinda forgot about them.

    I looked at a CM today and I am definitely considering them. Bradford Built was nice but I don't like the flip down rail and my dealer said it could be 4 weeks before he could get one in stock and that won't work for me. The "mustang" model they have that doesn't have a rail looks a little "cheap" they don't put in a full headache rack and skimp on some of the lighting.

    The other thing I'm looking at is the under body boxes. Some of the beds just have a square box where others have a fitted front box so you can get the most out of your space. Also wondered if I could use someone elses box on a bed. I would imagine all of the angles are pretty dang close to the same.

    Anyone know anything about norstar?
  6. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Cons: Can't think of any. I guess it doesn't look like a pickup anymore.

    Pros: Much more useful than factory bed.

    We have been running one on our '08 since new with fold-down sides and dump hoist.


    Liked that one so much, we put one on our old GMC the next year (had bed damage). This one replaced a short bed, does not have fold-down sides, does have dump hoist. We change sides based on use. Have a short set of aluminum sides for general purpose. Taller wooden sides for material hauling (brush, mulch), and plywood extensions we install for leaf vacuuming. Also run with no sides on occasion

  7. nboeger4

    nboeger4 Member
    Messages: 54

    Thanks for the pictures Ryan. I think once I go to a flatbed I will never want a factory bed again!
  8. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,679

    Love my CM bed. I even ripped the side of a Honda with minimal damage to the bed. Looking for boxes right now and the Westin ones with drawer on top and cargo area below are what I plan on going with.

    Like this but black.

  9. nboeger4

    nboeger4 Member
    Messages: 54

    Ya I would like one like that and I would need another that's open for bigger bulkier items.
  10. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    I got 4x2015 and 2x 2007 Chevy beds for sale.
  11. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I've had a few pickups (all single wheel trucks) with normal beds, both short and long beds. Treated me fine, looked good, did the job but definitely weren't always the most convenient. I knew for work my next truck would be a flatbed and it just so happened I got word that an acquaintance was selling his 550 that I'd had my eye on since the day he got it. After having it for over a year it would be pretty hard for me to go back to a pickup box on anything besides a truck primarily used as transportation or for trips. There is so many more options and possibilities with a flatbed over a normal truck bed.

    My bed is a Hillsboro 2000 series, 8.5' wide, 9' long. Chamfered corners and the extruded aluminum floor.

    Things you can't do with a pickup bed.

    As it sits now with the underbody boxes.
    18" tall, 18" deep, 36" long for the boxes ahead of the axle.
    15" tall, 18" deep, 22" long for the boxes behind the axle. The exhaust on the passengers side kept us from making them 18" deep plus they'd stick down past the tailboard a lot then as well.
  12. nboeger4

    nboeger4 Member
    Messages: 54

    That's awesome but I cant say I'll be hauling an excavator bucket anytime soon!! Always wanted to play in one though!
  13. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,679

    Did they set the bucket down on your tool box?
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    It's the only pic with a dented box and the plate not blurred out.

    Maybe it's a sister truck?

  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    It was a last minute thing, state of IL is a big fan of divisible loads so the bucket had to come off before the excavator could go on the low bed to be moved. I went across the scale at the yard with it, it was 4500 or 4600lb, don't remember which of the two it was.

    You'd be correct. A wheel loader was used to set the excavator bucket on my truck (excavator was already on the lowbed ready to go). The plan I had to do it worked perfect, plenty of clearance around everything, the only problem that I had with my way of doing it was the idiot behind the wheel in the loader who didn't tell me had minimal experience until after he hit my toolbox. He did what I asked him to between getting the bucket chained up to the front of the wheel loader bucket, got it over by my pickup fine, yet ran out of luck when I was directing him to set it on the bed. I was on the other side of the truck (passengers rear corner) and was directing him, he knew he was going to hit my toolbox but instead of stopping and letting me know he just kept lowering his bucket because I was telling him to even though he knew I couldn't see that corner of his bucket and he could from the seat. The company bought me a new one after a couple months of running around and him not admitting to the damage even after he told me to my face he did it. They had to go ask him in person if he hit my truck and from my understanding he could faintly recall maybe bumping it a couple months back. :angry::realmad:

  16. Ironwood-Mn

    Ironwood-Mn Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Nice truck - too bad about the damage. I had a guy loading a skidsteer hammer on to a regular bed pick-up. He didn't lock the quick tach and it fell on the tailgate. He calmly picked it back up, placed it in the bed the rest of the way, and then went on his way. He was an employee, so I went to confront him, his reply was that I have insurance so it was no big deal. Upshot, wouldn't have happened with a flat bed.
  17. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I like the looks of all the trucks especially the dodge with the drop sides, makes the perfect truck.
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,253

    My personal truck will probably always be a pickup.

    My crews' trucks will be flatbeds or dumps from here on oot. Really can't beat them.
  19. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    We run a CM flat bed on one of ours as well. Going forward we'll run them on all trucks. Way more options.
  20. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Or a Chevy ;-)