Loadhandler Pickup Truck Unloader - Heavy-Duty Full-Size Professional Model, 3000-Lb. Capacity, Model# LH3000
More than worth the money
There's been a lot of times I wanted to haul something home but the time and effort to unload the truck outweighed, so to speak, the value of the "stuff" I wanted to get, and buying a dump bed for the truck is out of the question, money-wise speaking. So when I came across this little device I figured, "OK - so how far wrong can I go with this - if it works *once* it'll probably save me enough money to pay for itself". We have a 1/4 acre garden and our goats don't produce enough manure to compost down to let us improve it as fast as I'd like - and lemme tell you, our soil needs some *serious* improvement! So when I found a stable nearby that was having trouble getting rid of manure I strapped this thing to the tailgate and went over to get a load or ten. Got home with it, backed the truck up to the manure pile, hooked up the straps, and started crankin'. Lemme tell you, that ol' manure came off the truck slicker 'n...uh...manure! I find it's handy to have a scoop-type shovel to clean up what doesn't land on the unloader sheet, but that's just a minute or two of easy work instead of half an hour or more of lift-twist-toss-and-oh-my-achin'-back! Definitely worth the price. Handles two or three loader scoops of material just fine (probably a yard to a yard-and-a-half). One yard of topsoil from the nursery down the road came out with absolutely no problem. Gotta go - headin' over to the stable for another load!
May 6, 2013
Ask anyone who's put their back into shoveling a truck full of rocks or topsoil how much they wish they had a dump bed. There were times I considered buying or building a dump cylinder for my truck because I found myself needing to unload a heavy load with shovels that would have taken me an hour. Then I saw one of these on a television commercial and found that NT sold them. I installed it on my truck and immediately loaded the truck up with river rock. The easy to turn crank makes it simple to unload at the speed you want. If you have a fleetside bed (with the wheel wells stick in), you'll have to shovel around them as the retracting sheet only going in the middle part of the bed. That said, it's still going to do 90% of the work for you. Very good!
April 25, 2013
Saves me lots of shoveling
Works great to unload full pickup loads of horse manure in under 2 minutes. Not sure how to prevent it, but the rubber pads have marred the tailgate a bit.
August 20, 2012
Order was shipped and recieved in a timely manner. Installed on my F-250 in just a few minutes. I have used it 3 times so far. 2 Loads of Gravel at 2,000 lbs per load & 1 load of topsoil (about 1800 lbs). Could not be happier, has reduced my labor time immensely for small jobs.
August 14, 2012
I bought the first Unloader 4 or 5 years ago because a friend recommended it so highly. I was not disappointed. The mat is nearly indestructible!
Since then, I bought one as a birthday gift for my son-in-law, and I recently bought another for my future son-in-law.
A great product that performs as advertised. What more can I say?
August 13, 2012
Well worth the money
I purchased my load handler about 12 years ago. It is now on my second truck, F250 SD. Works excellent. I have hauled top soil, gravel, mulch, leaves, you name it. I have a hard plastic bed liner that is quiet slippery which helps the load handler slide better. I had 3800 pounds of gravel as the heaviest load. I had to shovel a litle bit onto the tailgait to weigh it down so that I could continue with the crank but normally I just put the crank on and away I go.
May 31, 2012
This saved my back, and saved me money! It works perfectly!
I bought this 3 weeks ago and have since hauled 6 truck loads (1 cubic yard, about a ton, each trip) of top soil. Considering what it would have cost to have the top soil delivered, the Cargo Unloader has paid for itself already!
I don't understand some of the reviews that say it is hard to unload with a heavy load. Well, it does not operate at the touch of your finger, you do have to put your back into it! But an average person, in average shape, shoud be able to crank off any load in about 30 seconds.
My only negative observation is the length of the handle used to crank the unloader. I realize that the longer the handle is, the less effort required to turn, but when the truck bed is filled with a heavy load it is lowered considerably, and the handle can be too long to clear the ground - especially on unever ground. I think they should shorten the handle just a little.
May 15, 2012
I was hesitant due to some bad reviews that are completely wrong. This is well built all heavy steel. Spend the extra money and get the HD commercial version. You will be happy you did and this will quickly become your handiest tool.
Follow the instructions. You must have a hard plastic bed liner, or buy the slick mat to go with it. I have a long wheel base with a plastic bed liner and have used it to unload full beds of mulch and compost. I plan to use it to fill in the gravel on my driveway.
I will note that I have a flipover gooseneck hitch and did have to cut some cardboard to fill the cutout in the bedliner and tape it in place to provide a smooth surface for the Unloader slide over. This prevented having the sheet from hanging up on the jagged edge of the hole in the bedliner. I plan on cutting a wood or plastic piece to use for the future.
April 11, 2012
I HAVE USED THE LOAD HANDLER CARGO UNLOADER SEVERAL TIMES NOW. I FOUND THE INSTALLATION TO BE VERY EASY AND QUICK. I HAVE FILLED MY ONE TON BED WITH MATERIAL FOR THE DUMP, AND MATERIAL I HAVE REMOVED FROM REFENCING 8 ACRES. EACH TIME THE LOAD HANDLER HAS MAD THE JOB EASIER TO UNLOAD AND SAVED MY ACHING BODY FROM HAVING TO UNLOAD THE TRUCK THE MANUAL WAY. MY NEXT PROJECT WILL BE TO REGRADE MY DRIVEWAY AND FILL IN WITH GRAVEL. I'M GLAD ILL BE USING IT TO UNLOAD THE MATERIAL THEN. GREAT ITEM AND WELL WORTH THE MONEY....
January 9, 2012
Not worth it
I tried to use it with a load of mulch in a standard pick-up with a six foot bed. It wouldn't budge. I doubt the mulch weighed 3000 lbs. Had to unload more than half the mulch by hand before I could use the load handler at all.
October 9, 2011