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Theres a Better Way

A Sliding Dump Bed Makes Unloading Gravel Fast and Easy

comments (6) September 29th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 2:38
Produced by: John Ross

Move gravel without a dump truck, and without breaking your back

Al Dorsa, from Christiansted, US Virgin Islands writes:

The mother of this invention is my hatred of shoveling aggregate out of my pickup truck. I built a shallow wooden box that keeps the stone in one place when I drive, and dumps it exactly where I want it when I get to the site.

The dump-bed box fits between the truck's wheel wells, where it rests on two or three lengths of 3/4-in. pipe. When the dump-bed is empty, I block it up with a couple of 2x4s to keep it from rolling around while I'm driving. Before loading I pull out the blocks and make sure that the pipes are oriented as shown in the drawing. This dump-bed holds about a half-yard, and the loader operators I've worked with so far have been able to fill it without spilling a granule.

To unload, I drop the tailgate all the way down, back the truck up to the dump point and hit the brakes. The dump-bed rolls back, coming to rest with one end on the ground and the other on the back of the truck. I just pull out the end piece, and the rest of the aggregate can be pushed out of the dumper.


We took some extra steps and added a few features to Al's sliding bed before we tested it for ourselves. First, we put a couple of eye bolts and a rope on the forward end of the box. The rope gets tied to the hooks inside the bed with just enough slack to let the box slide out and dump, but not enough that it would fall out of the truck. We also tacked some pipe insulation to the front and back of the sliding box to lock it in tight when the tailgate is closed.

When it came time to dump the gravel, we decided to remove the trucks tailgate to keep the sliding box from damaging it.

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Comments (6)

Nachobulldog3 Nachobulldog3 writes: I was curious how you mounted the pipes to keep from moving while still allowing them to rotate?
Posted: 9:18 pm on April 8th

Bcramer Bcramer writes: why not remove the box end piece before backing up and dumping?
Posted: 10:23 am on November 1st

TheKidd TheKidd writes: Just make sure no pieces of gravel fall beside the box or worse under it. Then it won't roll. Good idea for a pickup truck. I just use a trailer.
Posted: 5:54 pm on October 4th

Wood_Sculptor Wood_Sculptor writes: Another solution would be to get a "Loadhandler". I've been using one for over 10 years. One of the best investments I've ever made.
Posted: 11:02 am on September 30th

DanMorrison DanMorrison writes: I think you could extend the sides of the box with scrap 3/4 in. plywood and get that driveway filled in a lot quicker Chuck.

BTW, that's an awfully nice truck you've got there.
Posted: 10:46 pm on September 29th

cussnu2 cussnu2 writes: You might be a redneck if .............

Good Idea though
Posted: 5:31 pm on September 29th

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