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    I have a fair amount of brush I plan to clear off my property this year. Initially, I'll probably just pile it in an appropriate corner of the lot and let the critters use it as habitat. But if, as I expect, the pile gets too big I have the good fortune of a mulch producer not too far away that'll take all this type waste you can give them. I have a grapple on order so loading mass quantities of this into the bed of the pickup for hauling is the easy part. Once I get to the dump site getting the debris out of the bed of the truck is where the problem arises.

    I have some ideas ranging from going at it with a mulch fork by hand to putting a tarp down in the bed of the truck and rigging it so I can pull on the end behind the cab and pull the brush out with it. Sounds good in theory but I have a feeling in practice it won't be quite that simple. Anyone have any suggestions for an easy way to get a load of brush (honeysuckle, wild roses, raspberries, etc) out of the bed of a pickup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanW View Post
    I have a fair amount of brush I plan to clear off my property this year. Initially, I'll probably just pile it in an appropriate corner of the lot and let the critters use it as habitat. But if, as I expect, the pile gets too big I have the good fortune of a mulch producer not too far away that'll take all this type waste you can give them. I have a grapple on order so loading mass quantities of this into the bed of the pickup for hauling is the easy part. Once I get to the dump site getting the debris out of the bed of the truck is where the problem arises.

    I have some ideas ranging from going at it with a mulch fork by hand to putting a tarp down in the bed of the truck and rigging it so I can pull on the end behind the cab and pull the brush out with it. Sounds good in theory but I have a feeling in practice it won't be quite that simple. Anyone have any suggestions for an easy way to get a load of brush (honeysuckle, wild roses, raspberries, etc) out of the bed of a pickup?

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    Problem is... there is no easy way. You'll probably find the pile too heavy to pull out with a tarp. Forking it out is likely the only way. My brother used to have a little gizmo that he would put in the back of his pickup. It was like a big nylon tarp attached to a roller with a crank handle. He could load in light material and then when he was ready to unload he would drop the tailgate, crank the handle and all the debris would just roll out the back. It was very inexpensive and worked quite well if you didn't overload it.

    I have a similar situation when I take brush to the mulch producer with my small landscape trailer. When I get there I have to unload it the same way I loaded it... by hand. I tried the tarp trick once and it didn't work.

    Once while I was there a guy pulled in beside me with a dump trailer. He was in and out in less than 10 mins. I yelled over to him "Show off!!" He just laughed. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Problem is... there is no easy way. You'll probably find the pile too heavy to pull out with a tarp. Forking it out is likely the only way. My brother used to have a little gizmo that he would put in the back of his pickup. It was like a big nylon tarp attached to a roller with a crank handle. He could load in light material and then when he was ready to unload he would drop the tailgate, crank the handle and all the debris would just roll out the back. It was very inexpensive and worked quite well if you didn't overload it.

    I have a similar situation when I take brush to the mulch producer with my small landscape trailer. When I get there I have to unload it the same way I loaded it... by hand. I tried the tarp trick once and it didn't work.

    Once while I was there a guy pulled in beside me with a dump trailer. He was in and out in less than 10 mins. I yelled over to him "Show off!!" He just laughed. :-)
    For $32 after coupon it would certainly be worth a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    For $32 after coupon it would certainly be worth a try!

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    Yeap... that looks similar to the one my brother has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    For $32 after coupon it would certainly be worth a try!

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    My only concern with this is the same I suspect will happen with my earlier tarp idea. The tailgate opening is smaller than the bed and as branches get caught on that lip the material will stop flowing.

    Just to clarify on my original tarp idea. Picture a tarp long enough (or 2 attached together) that will go from the tailgate to the front of the bed, then up and over the brush and back to the tailgate. I can then anchor the top tarp to the bed rails to keep debris from blowing out on the way to the mulch producer. Then when I get there, just grab the top section at the tailgate and walk away from the truck, basically rolling the brush out. Even if I can pull the weight, again my concern is between the narrower tailgate opening and the lip around the top of the bed I'll get about 1/4 of the way out before it's trapped and it's back to unloading by hand.

    Still hoping to hear from someone that's been here and came up with something clever that worked. Then again, the solution may just be make more/smaller trips so the brush doesn't get wedged in the bed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanW View Post
    I have some ideas ranging from going at it with a mulch fork by hand to putting a tarp down in the bed of the truck and rigging it so I can pull on the end behind the cab and pull the brush out with it. Sounds good in theory but I have a feeling in practice it won't be quite that simple. Anyone have any suggestions for an easy way to get a load of brush (honeysuckle, wild roses, raspberries, etc) out of the bed of a pickup?
    "In theory, theory is a lot like practice. But in practice it isn't."

    I see you specified easy, but nowhere did I see cheap. So, here ya go.... DumperDogg® Polymer Dump Insert | Buyers Products
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    What has worked for me in the past. Whether trailer or truck box, I lay a couple good sized branches or small tree's that go from front to back as a base that give you something to pull on at the bottom of the pile. It's very important, as you stack your load that the bottoms all face towards the back. This allows the branch's to flow out and not snag everything as you pull. It's still pain to pull it out but it does work. How you stack your load in, has a lot to do with how well it comes out.
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    I have the HF version of the crank cargo unloader & it worked surprisingly well for decomposed granite, mulch & dirt. Added a sheet of 2x8 plywood on edge to each side of the bed to keep material from getting into the cavities created by the wheel wells. That mini-barrier may work for you too.

    Don't use the unloader for brush here. Am careful to load it much like goat says, but hand unload it mostly 'cause I toss it on top of an existing "habitat".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger47 View Post
    "In theory, theory is a lot like practice. But in practice it isn't."

    I see you specified easy, but nowhere did I see cheap. So, here ya go.... DumperDogg® Polymer Dump Insert | Buyers Products
    Wow, that's tempting, but darn. I have the 6' bed this is only for an 8' bed.
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    I don't suppose you could just burn it? They still let us do that here in MN, a blue state no less. They do frown upon a placing a couple of old tires beneath the pile, however. They sure get the pile nice and hot so even green and wet stuff burns downs thoroughly. Dumping all your used drain oil on top of the pile works almost as well.
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