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Why to Choose a Hooklift Truck Body System

Hooklift truck bodies are a crucial tool for use in a variety of industries. These detachable body systems mount on your truck chassis and feature a hydraulically operated hooklift arm that actually hooks and lifts the body on the chassis, which is where they get their name from.

These hooklift truck body systems are popular in a variety of industries ranging from waste removal and landscaping to mining because of the system’s versatility. The hooklift hoist can haul numerous types of truck bodies or containers. This allows one truck to perform the duties that were once reserved for a whole fleet of vehicles all supported by the heavy-duty hydraulic hoist.

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Hooklift Stats

These medium-duty to heavy-truck bodies offer both versatility and access to a powerful hydraulic hoist system. These are the key facts and numbers to consider when deciding whether to budget for one of these pieces of equipment:

  • Hooklift bodies have a lifting capacity of up to 68,000 lbs.
  • Hooklift systems are compatible with a range of utility bodies including, dump bodies, platform bodies, chipper or leaf collection bodies, dumpsters, service bodies, and others.
  • Hooklifts are mostly driven by a hydraulic system rather than an electric motor to allow for maximum lifting capacity.
  • Hooklift bodies can be built heavier than other removable truck body systems due to their higher weight capacities and could require a heavier GVWR rated truck chassis to compensate.
  • Hooklift systems are built by multiple manufacturers but most hooklift bodies are interchangeable between manufacturers as long as the hook heights match. This allows for even more versatility for the fleet owner.
  • While hooklift systems are most often used on larger higher capacity truck chassis due to their heavy construction and hydraulic operation, there are manufacturers that do have options available for lighter mid-size commercial truck chassis.
  • These hooklift units bring their durability and ease of use to the medium duty commercial truck industries of today.

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Most Popular Industries for a Hooklift

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Since hooklift truck systems maximize hoisting capacity, they are generally favored in industries that will make use of the ability to tackle heavier work. They also boast versatility similar to other increasingly popular detachable truck body systems used in the medium duty commercial industries.

As a result of their range of capacity, the most popular industries for hooklift systems are:

  • Mining
  • Heavy construction
  • Waste removal
  • Logging
  • Demolition
  • Recycling
  • Landscaping
  • Construction

However, due to the versatility that allows hooklift systems to utilize many truck bodies, they are also popular for municipalities that want to stretch their budget by getting a full fleet of use out of a single heavy-truck. In addition, by making use of one truck for ALL of your needs, regardless of how light or heavy, your organization can trim maintenance and registration costs.

Generally, landscaping contractors prefer to use lighter-duty hooklifts as they don’t often take advantage of the heaviest hydraulic hoists. However, these systems are still popular in the landscaping industry, as are numerous interchangeable hooklift bodies that can make work easier and maximize the value of a single truck. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Platform bodies for carrying equipment like skid loaders, mini excavators or mowers
  • Dumpster bodies for general debris and junk removal
  • Mason bodies for hauling material to job sites
  • Chipper/leaf bodies to assist with tree trimming or leaf collection

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Get Your Hooklift Truck Quote Today

Whether you want more information on the advantages of a hooklift truck system or you want to get a quote, you’re in the right place. TP Trailers and Truck Equipment has years of experience matching buyers with the proper hooklift systems to match their needs and their budgets.

Contact us or visit our central location to discuss inventory, or to learn more about how professionals in your industries make use of the hooklift truck system.

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