About Petersen Industries

Atlas Lightning Loader - Grapple Loader
Used Grapple Truck CP3

We Build Legends®

Get the job done faster, safer and more efficiently!

Petersen Industries has over 60 years of experience manufacturing knuckleboom loaders. The first Lightning Loader® for bulk citrus was introduced in 1957, and we’ve manufactured thousands of them since. In the mid-1970’s, Petersen was asked to design a knuckle boom that could be used for loading bulky trash. The result was a trash loader concept that has been improved and refined over time. Since we do not manufacture any other product, we are exclusively focused on Trash Trucks and Grapple Loaders. Petersen Industries lengthy manufacturing experience allows us to focus on quality and safety while continuing to bring our customers the best and most diverse product line available.

Petersen’s Lightning Loader® systems are used in over 1,000 cities and counties nationwide.

Lightning Loader® grapple trucks are the safer and more efficient way to load bulky trash items like furniture, white goods, logs and branches. Lightning Loader® systems are also a great tool for illegal dump site cleanup, sidewalk removal and storm debris removal.

Whether you’re collecting 15 tons a day or 250 tons a day, we have a solution for you.

With the exception of 3 or 4 engineered items, Petersen manufactures all other major components, including most hydraulic cylinders. With complete CNC machining and fabrication facilities, Petersen is able to control every aspect of schedule and quality control. These capabilities, along with a factory installation that integrates the loader, trash body and truck chassis into an optimized system for oversized trash collection; is what separates us from our competition and provides the customer with a single point of responsibility for the performance of the system.

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