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By Larry Walton
Not all hauling and dumping operations call for a purpose-built dump truck.
A lighter truck for tighter spaces and smaller loads can make a lot of sense, especially for landscapers who find their crews spending too much time off- loading debris and bedding materials.
Converting a pickup to a light duty dump truck can be a great solution.
Available in carbon steel, stainless steel and poly, each Dumper Dogg unit comes fully assembled with the hoist and hydraulic pump already in place.
“Stainless steel is the ideal solution for landscapers who also do snow and ice control because the snow and ice melting agents are very corrosive”, says Dan Doerr, Director of New Product Development for Buyers.
But the poly unit is also resistant to corrosion, with the exception of the tailgate, which it shares with the carbon steel model.
Installation of a Dumper Dogg insert is very straight forward and involves simple steps such as removing the tailgate, sliding the unit into the bed, anchoring it down, routing the wires from the pickup bed to the engine bay and connecting the wires to the battery.
I was out in Ohio recently to track the installation and operation of an eight foot Dumper Dogg polymer dump insert unit.
Installation was quick and easy. When the guys finished the install, we headed straight to a landscape material supply yard, took on two yards of mulch, tarped it with the optional tarp kit and made a delivery to a residential project.
The dump operated flawlessly right out of the box.
Here’s how the guys at Buyers Products got it installed: