Chip Truck Build Help Please

stheis004

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Location
WI
We're looking to get a new chip truck to better compliment our two man, tree-mek crew. While our current chip truck has a removable top (southco I believe), we hardly use it as it takes quite a bit of time, effort and space to remove and then remount. We want to be able to load wood quickly and easily so I think it's as simple as tall sides and a top that goes on/off easily (or at least opens 3/4 of the way) for loading from above. I think this could be as simple as a tarp or fold-able hinged panels for a roof. We've called around a few places and salesmen just don't seems to understand or grasp what we need and send us a quote for a dump truck. Does anyone have advise on where to possibly go...also am I missing something here as far as why this wouldn't work good or why I don't really see anyone else doing this?

Also, I just came across Schodorf Truck Body & Equipment and will be reaching out to them soon, has anyone dealt with them? Looks like they may have what I'm looking for. Thanks for any input!
 

Merle Nelson

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Location
SF Bay Area, CA
I'm little help on most of you specific questions. On smaller boxes I use, up to 15 yards, I do well with trampoline material sewn up as a tarp. I roll it up on (1.5?) inch pvc when driving though.
 

27RMT0N

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Location
WA
Out here a lot of the excavation/forestry guys just use a regular dump truck and tip the bed up for chipping, then hauling logs away in the same truck. More 'over-spray' potential but can be easily avoided if the guys are paying attention to how the truck is filling.

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Jehinten

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Location
Evansville
Seems like a modified roll tarp system like on a grain truck would work well. Replace the lightweight grain tarp with a material that can handle woodchips being blown into it. When your ready to load logs it rolls to the side from the ground in just a few seconds.

There would be a few braces to hold the tarp up that you'd have to work around while loading logs.

If thats a deal breaker I think I'd choose the folding hard roof. It shouldn't be too hard to design a roof to do that, where it folds in 4 or so foot increments and stays stacked on the front 4 feet of the bed while loading logs.

How long of a chip box are you looking for?
 

stheis004

Active Member
Location
WI
Thanks for input guys, working in tight residential spots, we definitely need a top to contain the chips. I think anything going across will get in the way too much when loading wood but yeah I think a roof that folds to the front will be the ticket. I'm just a bit hesitant there's something I'm missing only because I haven't seen anyone else who's done this.
 

Reach

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Location
Atglen, PA
Are the aluminum sections light enough to move by hand with two guys?
Yes. One guy can handle them, but they’re a little awkward, being 8’ wide. They’re on a 12’ bed, so for a 16’ bed you probably want 4 sections, as these weigh probably about 60 pounds each. I’ll try to get pictures up shortly for you.
 

Reach

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Location
Atglen, PA
Two pictures of the roof described above: We converted a landscape body into a chip truck, so it still has the high back doors that have to be opened to chip into. A bit of a nuisance, but not terrible. The roof was built by a local shop about 6-8 years ago, and still works great. It just has a few dents from careless employees. If we were doing it again, I would have built it with a ladder rack on top, although it is nice to be able to stack the pieces so neatly the way it is now.
 

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