Buying a factory-assembled unit or buying a kit?...Mmmm...
Thinking about assembling a Dump-Pro to save money or just for fun?
(Terri built one up. Can you?)
Terri started working as an administrator when Dump-Pros were being made. When
Terri learned that we had sold our demo unit and we were getting in
a new one for demo purposes for our Florida office, she said " I'd
like us to get that unit in as a kit, so I can build one up! That
way, I can relate to folks who call in and have questions."
Terri has usually relied on others in her life to fix things, so
tools were not so near and dear to her heart as to other people.
We thought her request was a valid one. We thought that it
would be good for her and for you.
unit arrived from our factory. In her spare time over a few days
(between her usual tasks and answering calls from customers) she
built up the unit with few issues. Below are some pictures of
her assembling Dump-Pro®
with the Quick Change-Out™
option and the Hi-Sides™
option. Being a "little person" with lots of energy, she only
needed help in a few places to move the bulkier or heavier stuff (like
the dump body, etc& ).
Terri had never seen a torque wrench before and before she
started building didn't exactly know what a "vice grip", "box
wrench", "#2 Phillips screwdriver", etc. was. However, after she
finished she now knows.
Terri writes in her own words about her experiences below:
|Building up the basic dump
just starting out:
Fitting the tracks together:
"After reading through the unpacking
instructions, assembly instructions and learning the proper
description of various nuts, bolts, wiring connectors, etc., the
unit began to take shape. As I bolted the base metal work together,
I discovered and developed a real appreciation of the engineering
design. The hardware components complement the metal work, and the
rust-proof dump body, bulky to say the least, results in a quality
product all together."
Mounting and bolting down the winch:
with winch completed:
"Being a 110 pound female, I wasn't sure I
could do it, especially only 6 weeks after some major surgery (my
strength wasn't totally back). Step-by-step, as detailed in the
assembly instructions, I performed each task at hand."
Attaching steel support tubes for dump body:
protective rubber DirtSkirt™
"The assembly manual is very precise and
self explanatory. I may have read some things twice (or more) but
it's all in there. After installing the DirtSkirt I was ready to
attach the body to the track system. Then, the amazement when I
(and a helper) lifted the dump body up (with no power) into its
"maintenance" position & it turned out I didn't need a helper for that
step or for the majority of the assembly. There was plenty of
access to get to everything."
bolts for heavy duty steel lift saddle:
all bolts through dump body:
"Next came the fun part, wiring the up and
down limit switches (routed through a body support tube). There are
precise instructions in the manual; don't forge ahead without
following the installation order. The wiring went quickly, and I was
very thorough, as I did not want to have to back track. Now it was
the time for the winch wire rope. I had some hesitation, but again,
got through the instructions. The wiring was correct so once the
wire rope was set into the winch drum, all I had to do was push a
button to reel it up."
Attaching winch wire rope to frame: Winch wire rope routed and finished:
"After quite a bit of hesitation about
using a plumbers torch (to solder the heavy duty winch wires to the
power connector), I learned it's not that scary. Having used the
torque wrench on the various bolts that required it, I later found
myself explaining the wrench to my 23 year old son."
Cleaning winch power connector pins:
Finished building basic unit with Quick Change-Out™
"I attached all the labels and then moved
on to the Hi-Sides installation."
|Adding the Hi-SidesTM option
Mounting 1 of the plywood panel clips:
Tightening a panel clip on the outside:
"The panels were bulky and
required help to hold into position, but the installation went
quickly and looks great. "
panel on; checking side panel:
Tightening panel clip inside:
Attaching top brace to plywood sides:
"This experience has made me much more
familiar with our Dump Pro unit and its components. I'll be able to
help our customers more efficiently with the knowledge I gained from
this. Thanks, boss, for giving me this opportunity!"
(Well.......would you like to do it, too?)
List of Tools Needed For Assembly of Kit