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Why A Grapple Truck for Bulky Waste?

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Every community produces some form of bulky waste. Depending on the type of waste that’s accumulated, specialized equipment and handling is needed to recover every last bit. Like a thief in the night, the waste is collected from the streets without a trace. Grapple trucks are the most crucial component that bulky waste programs are utilizing across the country.

What Qualifies as Bulky Waste?Bulky Waste Collection

  • Furniture – Mattresses, Couches, Chairs, Bed frames
  • Appliances – Refrigerators, Washers and Dryers, Ovens
  • Electronics – Computers, Monitors, Televisions
  • Nature Debris – Tree branches, Trimmings, Stumps

Which Grapple Truck Is Right for You?

To safely and efficiently collect these difficult and dangerous items you’ll need top-of-the-line equipment. Our model TL-3 is the original grapple truck that changed the game and we are continuing that tradition with the Route Assistant side loading device. Adding the Route Assistant to your TL-3 will make it truly the fasting bulk loading option available. We like to explain is simply: Use the TL-3 for the big stuff and the Route Assistant for the little stuff.

For larger and /or more urban customers, the RS-3 is specifically designed for high-speed collection in densely populated areas. Utilized in many major metropolitan centers throughout the country, the RS-3 or Rear Steer (as we call it) is the only grapple truck that allows the operator to drive the truck and operate the loader from the same seat.

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A Petersen Grapple Truck doing a Bulky Waste Collection

Consider the possibilities if you incorporate one of our grapple trucks into your bulky waste program. Communities, neighborhoods, and homeowners will all benefit from the speedy, precise, and effective bulk collection from the streets. Petersen Industries has made it as easy as possible to clean up trash with durable, reliable equipment. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please give us a call at (863) 215 – 7188.

Which Lightning Loader® model is right for my trash collection?

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

When you’re looking to replenish your fleet of trash trucks, you need to make sure that you have the best Lightning Loader® model for trash collection. Nothing says quality, experience, and expertise like Petersen and our line of grapple trucks, but which grapple truck is the best for trash collection? We have the answers right here.

Lightning Loader collecting trash

Model TL-3 – It’s going to be hard to beat the TL-3 which is our standard trash grapple loader. With a 20-foot boom reach and the ability to lift up to3,200 pounds, it is a must have for any serious professional who needs to move fast and get the job done right with minimal labor.


RS-3 – This model is very popular for use in large urban areas. Designed for high speed pickup in high volume areas. This model is perfect to keep all operators inside truck cabs and out of streets.


Atlas Lightning Loader – Finally, since designed for the heaviest of application, the Atlas can handle the toughest of jobs. With 360 degrees of boom rotation and unparalleled speed of operation, this is the ideal truck for those who must do bulk or debris pickup. While a great unit for daily collections, we always see a surge in demand around storms, natural disasters, and cleanup seasons.


Atlas Lightning Loader

CP-3  Lightning Loader – A radical new way to transport and deliver front loader containers. If you have at least 2 front load garbage trucks in your fleet, you need a CP3 Lightning Loader for transportation of your containers. Traditional CD trucks only carry one front loader container at a time, but a CP3 will carry a minimum of three containers.

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Petersen Industries stands behind our stamp of quality and our high-end products. If you would like to learn more about our different trucks, be sure to give us a call at (863) 215-7188 today.


Petersen Industries announces Amick Equipment as their 2017 Dealer of the Year

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Petersen Industries honors Amick Equipment as their 2017 Dealer of the Year. 

Lake Wales, Florida, May 2, 2018– Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom manufacturer, recently honored Amick Equipment as their 2017 Dealer of the Year.  Petersen gives this prestigious award to the dealer who sells the most Lightning Loader® units for the prior year throughout their nationwide network. (more…)

Join us at our upcoming Tradeshows

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

We will be at the Florida APWA Expo in Jacksonville, Florida April 17th-19th. Come to see us on Wednesday, the 18th at the equipment Rodeo where you can test your skills on our Route Assistant® unit. We will have a TL-3 for you to view and ask us questions about in our booth on the 19th. Therefore, come to see us in Booth “E”.

You must come join us in exciting Las Vegas for this year’s Waste Expo, April 24-26th. We will have our largest booth to-date, exhibiting our TL-3, Rear Steer®, and Atlas Lightning Loader®. We will be in Booth # 1627. Therefore, be sure to join us on Tuesday from 2:30-4:30PM in our booth for a reception honoring our 2017 Dealer of the Year along with our customers and other dealers. In addition, this is the 50th Anniversary of Waste Expo so you do not want to miss this one. We will have an extra special surprise in our booth this year, but you have to stop by to find out what it is. Therefore, if you still need some free show floor passes, please contact Sarah Bryant, sbryant@petersenind.com or 863-676-1493 ext. 227; they are first come, first served. We will see you there!

Using Grapple Trucks as part of your Collection Fleet

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Click on the link below to read our most recent article featured in Waste Advantage written by Sam Petersen. (more…)

Using Grapple Trucks as Part of Your Collection System

Friday, February 9th, 2018


“Grapple trucks compliment refuse fleets by making your organization a one-stop-shop for all refuse collection. It makes a multi-person job, a one-person task. With that comes safety and efficiency—something all operations seek.”

-Sam Petersen

You were probably looking at this line in the table of contents thinking “how do I know if we need a grapple truck?”. The simple answer is you need a Grapple Truck Servicegrapple truck. But first, you need a bulky waste program. Every community generates bulky waste, including tree limbs, branches, logs, discarded household appliances, furniture, etc. This type of solid waste requires special handling and management, and due to its shape, bulk or weight, it cannot be placed in a container or bundled. Not having a bulky collection program is the equivalent of sticking your head in the sand. The response we hear often is, “well, our city is different.” No, it’s not. Your city is not a special snowflake. Chances are if you are not collecting bulky waste, you have an illegal dumping problem; in which case, you need a grapple truck to clean up the illegal dump sites.

At this point, I’d have to say that grapple trucks have hit the big time. Many of you probably even knew what this article was about without having to google grapple trucks. But, just for kicks, let’s do a little exercise. Pull out your phones and google “bulky waste”. Not grapple trucks, as we are attacking the larger problem here. Chances are that you have a Wikipedia entry at the top of the page. Click it. Drum roll…. what’s that? That my friend is a grapple truck in all its glory. I know; I was surprised, too.

Grapple trucks are an absolutely necessary piece of equipment for a bulky waste collection program. If there is a need to pick up larger, hard to handle items, in an efficient, yet safe manner, then a grapple truck is the ultimate tool. Bulky waste is not easily quantified. It is by definition different shapes, sizes, weights and comprised of different materials. Operators generally have no idea what will be waiting for them at the next stop. Because of this, you must be prepared to pick up anything and everything. Grapple trucks do this safely and efficiently by eliminating the need to handle the waste. These trucks also keep the operator out of the street, which is where many of the truly tragic injuries occur.

The Right Fit

There are a couple of applications that are best suited for grapple trucks. The first is municipal refuse collection. Most, if not all, municipalities have some need to collect and discard items that will not fit into an automated garbage cart or that cannot be lifted easily into the back of a rear loader. The majority of municipalities have included grapple trucks into their weekly routes to handle these kinds of items because they make what used to be a complicated task very simple and easy. Additionally, grapple trucks are very well suited for multiple other tasks. They are extremely capable of removing sidewalk, cleaning out ditches and waterways, as well as removing roadkill. They are perfect multi-purpose tools for any municipality.

Another great fit for grapple trucks is in forestry and logging applications. Grapple trucks come in a variety of sizes and some are very well suited for lifting long, heavy logs quickly. They allow individuals the ability to remove multiple loads per day while minimizing the amount of risk to the workers.

Finally, grapple trucks are also well suited for disaster relief. Natural disasters leave tons of destruction in their wake. Most of the items that need to be moved are heavy, cumbersome items that require heavy equipment. Not only can grapple trucks be first response vehicles, getting in quickly and moving

Grapple Truck Service For Collection System

road impediments out of the way for emergency vehicles to get where they need to go, they can also aid in clean-up effort. Now don’t check out on me. Don’t say you don’t need a grapple truck because you don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes. First, the range is much broader than that. Regular wind, rain and ice storms can cause major damage. Also – news flash, no one gets storms every day. You don’t need storms to need grapple trucks. You need bulky waste; which you have. That being said, preparedness is the name of the game when it comes to storms and with a grapple truck you will always be prepared.

Integrating the Right Grapple Truck Style  

Every customer has varying degrees of need and the industry has progressed enough to meet many of them. Forty years ago, if you bought a grapple truck, it was a 16’ boom with an 18’ dump body— that was it. Now, you can get different boom and body sizes, control locations, lift capacities, etc. There are solutions out there not just for large fleet users, but even very small communities.

A “self-loader” grapple truck incorporates a grapple loader and a dump body to load the items in and are great “all-a-rounders”. This is the most common style of grapple truck. These are used by operations that have a need for an all-purpose grapple. The bodies are capable of handling most any bulk item you can fit in it and has the convenience of being a one-person operation. They can be used in route situations or special pickups, especially when there is a lot of drive time involved. Due to this, the combination trucks only need one operator, which means there is only one person riding around instead of a whole crew.

For the high-volume customers with defined routes, having a dedicated loader with haul trucks is a great way to keep the loader on the route and let the haul trucks do the driving back and forth to the landfill. There are a few different styles of this type of truck, but they all have a loader mounted on a shorter wheelbase chassis and use the grapple to grab and lift items to load into the back of the haul truck. The most popular style of this type of truck can be driven and operated from the operator cab. This capability has helped some of the nation’s largest cities become extremely efficient at loading bulky items.

For the very small communities, skid mounted units are a great solution. They can use existing roll-off or hook lift trucks and can be set aside when not needed. This adds a use to an existing piece of equipment and eliminates the need for purchasing the most expensive part of a grapple truck, the chassis.

Welcome to Petersen Industries!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Petersen Industries Truck - Happy New Year

Check out our new job opportunities

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

We are continuing to grow & new job opportunities are available. We are hiring for the following positions:
• CNC Machine Operator
• Fitter/Welder
• Plasma Table Operator
• Truck Equipment Installer
• Truck Equipment Electrical Technician Team Leader
• Painter Helper
• Production MIG Welder
• Industrial Painter
• Finisher
Interested in any of the above positions, please come to our office to complete an application, 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. We close from 12-1 for lunch. All candidates will be required to take and pass a drug test.

Vote for our Public Works Expo Video

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Please Vote for our Public Works Expo Video entry titled “Lightning Loaders Good, Hand loading Bad” at the link below. You can only vote once per hour.  To vote, simply click the heart icon in the upper right-hand corner of the video tile in the link below, voting closes on August 18th @ 5pm Eastern time. The winner will be announced August 22, 2017. Feel free to share this video link:



Petersen Industries, Inc. awards River City Hydraulics as Dealer of the Year for 2016

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Petersen industries employees Petersen Inc Awards River City Hydraulics as Dealer of the Year for 2016

Lake Wales, Florida, June 2, 2017– Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom manufacturer, recently honored River City Hydraulics as their 2016 Dealer of the Year.  Petersen gives this prestigious award to the dealer who sells the most Lightning Loader® units for the prior year throughout their nationwide network. (more…)

Join us next week!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Be sure to come and join us at Waste Expo in New Orleans next week (May 9-11th). You will find us in Booth # 2818 with two of our amazing Lightning Loaders®. We will have one of our CP-3 units in the Hino booth # 1609.
We will also be at the Florida APWA Expo (May 10-11th) in Tallahassee. Come see us at the Equipment Rodeo and in Booth “G” at the expo!
We hope to see you there!

Join us at Waste Expo 2017 in New Orleans in May

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Let the Good Times Roll!  Waste Expo 2017 will be in the culture rich city of New Orleans.  Come see the Petersen Industries crew and our legendary units along with exhibits from others in the waste industry.  This year it will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center May 9th – 11th.  Amazing food along with the best jazz music to keep you moving are all awaiting you in this historical city.  Come join us at Waste Expo 2017 in New Orleans, we will be exhibiting in Booth 2818 and celebrating our 60th year of the Lightning Loader®. (more…)

Celebrating one of our own…

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Our devoted Procurement Manager, Jimmy Tillman, is celebrating 40 years at Petersen Industries today. We truly appreciate all your hard work and dedication over the past 40 years, Jimmy. We are blessed to have such loyalty within our company! Congratulations and Happy Work Anniversary!

Jimmy Tillman Celebrating 40 Years at Our Company

Petersen Industries, Inc. announces Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Inc. as a new Dealer

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Kinoch Equipment & Supply, Inc.     Lake Wales, Florida, November 21, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, is proud to announce that Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Inc. is now the sole and exclusive dealer for the entire state of Texas. (more…)

Petersen Industries, Inc. announces Sanitary Equipment Company, Inc. as a new Dealer

Friday, October 28th, 2016

sanitary equipment co logo      Lake Wales, Florida, October 18, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, is proud to announce that Sanitary Equipment Company, Inc. is now the sole and exclusive dealer for all of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


Petersen Industries, Inc. introduces two new models, the Route Assistant™ and the Atlas Lightning Loader.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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Lake Wales, Florida, August 9, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom truck manufacturer, is proud to announce two new models which they debuted at Waste Expo in June this year, the Route Assistant™ and the Atlas Lightning Loader.  The Route Assistant™ is an option for the TL-3 unit. It incorporates a side-loading trough to the front of the dump body and can be a full-trough system or half-trough and cart tipper. The Route Assistant™ option truly makes the   TL-3 the Jack-of-all-trades loader. The trough can be used to quickly pick up small piles of sticks or leaves by hand and the cart tipper can be used for missed cans on the route. It is available on a standard or stand-up-right-hand-drive chassis. (more…)

Petersen Industries announces Environmental Products of Georgia as a new dealer

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Petersen Industries, Inc. announces Environmental Products of Georgia as a new Dealer

Lake Wales, Florida, August 8, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, is proud to announce that Environmental Products of Georgia is now the sole and exclusive dealer for the entire state of Georgia.


Petersen Industries, Inc. awards Heil of Texas as Dealer of the Year for 2015

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Lake Wales, Florida, June 7, 2016– Heil of Texas was recognized as Dealer of the Year for 2015 by Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom manufacturer.  The dealer who sells the most Lightning Loader® units for the prior year throughout the Petersen nationwide network is bestowed with this honor. (more…)

Join us at Waste Expo 2016 in exciting Las Vegas

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Waste Expo 2016 is in the exciting town of Las Vegas. We will be there in booth # 2507. Be sure to come see us the Petersen Industries crew as we will be revealing our two newest units.  You do not want to miss seeing our new units. We are very pleased that we are able to showcase them at Waste Expo. This year it will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 7th-9th.  Join us there!

Petersen Industries announces Eagle Truck Equipment as a new Dealer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Lake Wales, Florida, March 30, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, is expanding their dealer network with the recent addition of Eagle Truck Equipment in Pennsylvania. Their territory will include all counties east and to the south of Williamsport down to Penn State, a total of 32 counties in the eastern half of the State of Pennsylvania. (more…)

Come see one of our Lightning Loaders® at the NTEA Work Truck Show March 1-4, 2016

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Come to see one of our trucks in Rush Truck Centers’ booth # 241 at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN next week (March 1-4, 2016). This is the first time for Petersen Industries to have Lightning Loader® at this Indianapolis truck show. We are extremely excited about this opportunity. Please be sure to come visit the Rush booth, and keep your eyes open for members of the Petersen Team.

Hard work has its rewards!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

A hunting trip to celebrate River City Hydraulics‘ win as our 2014 Dealer of the Year.
Left to right: Jamie McCoy, Mike Long, Sam Petersen, Roger Williams, Pat Sullins

Petersen Industries announces Virginia Public Works Equipment (VPWE) as a new dealer

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Lake Wales, Florida, January 27, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, is proud to announce the addition of Virginia Public Works Equipment (VPWE) to their expanding dealer network. They are now the exclusive Petersen Industries’ dealer for all of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Petersen is excited about the prospect of growth in this territory with VPWE’s determined management and sales team.


Giving Back

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

bike build donation

NW&RA – Future Industry Leaders Association’s bike build donation for the local Boys & Girls Club of America of Greater Scottsdale during the team building challenged. Pictured: Co-owner of PI – Sam Petersen

FILA Team Building Exercise - bike build donation

FILA Team Building Exercise – Pictured: Lane Batley, PI Regional Sales Manager