Fuel for Thought Time For A Change

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  1. chillout
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    chillout Administrator Staff Member On Time Media Staff

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    Back in 2014 I made the switch from household moving to expediting. After more than 25 years of moving furniture, it was time for a change. With a Great deal of research, I decided to buy a new truck and lease to Landstar Express America.

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    jhead64 Seasoned Expediter Owner/Operator

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    Can you give details of where you got your liftgate, type, weight, cost, etc?
     
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    Greg Expert Expediter Owner/Operator

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    I got it in Forest Park, GA @ Forest Park Tractor Trailer Service. It's a galvanized Waltco HLF 30 with an aluminum platform. Weight is TBD. I just had it installed last week and have yet to fill tanks , put my equipment back on board and weigh the truck to compare.
    I will post weight here once I get it.
     
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    That would be great. Did you buy a new or used one?
     
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    Greg Expert Expediter Owner/Operator

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    Used. It's a 2013 model. Well under half the cost of a new one.
     
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    jhead64jhead64 . The Waltco HLF 30 liftgate + a pallet jack = 1460 lbs.
    I believe the pallet jack is about 140 lbs. of that weight.
     
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    Have you gotten any loads with it yet? I get mixed reports from bco's. Some say they get nonstop liftgate loads and others say they rarely get any.
     
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    I've had a couple liftgate loads so far. But haven't used it yet. 1st one required it, but didn't need it, 2nd cancelled and got TONU. Without it, I wouldn't have been considered for those 2 loads though.
     
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    Update on used liftgate.
    It was definitely worth it. Have been getting good use of it.
    When I first got it [​IMG] this was after I cleaned one section of the underside
    [​IMG] completed underside. The blue tint is blue sky reflection, the bottom portion shows the shine.
    [​IMG] starting the topside
    [​IMG] completed topside.
    A good used gate can be a great asset. And they can be brought back to life, appearance wise. This was cleaned and polished by hand in a few short hours with just elbow grease, never dull and some towels.
     
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