PL3 - Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader


Muscle When You Need It

The PL3 is a skid-mounted loader and body combination, ready to be added to your new or existing roll-off truck. Easy install and removal keeps your fleet versatile. It’s the legendary Lightning Loader®, available when you need it.

The PL3 is a loader and body that we plumb to fit your existing roll-off. Adds capabilities to your fleet without having to dedicate a truck full-time.

The Petersen PL3 Lightning Loader and 18 foot, 24 cubic yard body are mounted on a steel skid. Heavy-duty steel rollers on the rear of the body allow for easy installation and removal of the unit. Loader is hydraulically locked to the chassis. The Pl-3 is intended for cable style roll-offs. For hooklift style roll-offs, please inquire about the Petersen model HL3 HookLift Truck Mount.

Petersen Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader Advantages

Add Versatility to Your Fleet

With no dedicated chassis required, it gives new functionality to your roll-off trucks.

Mount on New or Existing Roll-Off Trucks

Purchase it with a new truck, or add it after the fact.


Perfect for Seasonal Use

Easy set-up when you need it, let it sit when you don’t.

Efficient, dependable one-man operations for secure solid waste removal.


PL3 Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader hydraulics

Hydraulic System

Experience the most precise and efficient execution in the industry. Our variable speed pump gives you control where you want it, when you want it, without slowing down.

PL3 Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader gears

Slewing System/Gearbox

Steady as she goes.
Our stabilizing swing circuit ensures smooth starts and stops, reducing the overall stress on the boom and slewing system. After three seconds of inactivity, the integral break locks down the boom which eliminates the need for a mechanical swing lock.

PL3 Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader H Outriggers

H-Style Outriggers

Horizontal and vertical outriggers act independently of each other, allowing the operator to have incredible accuracy in maneuvering around obstructions and traffic patterns. Not only does this provide a wider base than an A-frame system, the vertical outrigger leg is the ideal position for our heavy duty strobe light.

PL3 Roll-off Mount Grapple Loader Specs

Reach (from centerline rotation): 20 feet
Main Boom and Tip Boom: 16 feet
Tip Extension: 4 feet
Unit Weight (empty): 11,500 lbs
Outrigger Span: 11’8″
Storage Height (above vehicle): 8’4″

Lifting Capacity
10 Foot Radius: 7,100 lbs
16 Foot Radius: 4,400 lbs
20 Foot Radius: 3,200 lbs

Weight of bucket and/or attachments must be subtracted from lift capacities shown. Standard bucket weighs appx. 1000 Ibs. Capacities shown do not exceed 85% of vehicle tipping moment with outriggers fully extended on firm, level ground.
Bucket Features

All purpose clamshell design, 4 feet wide with an opened width of 5 feet. Replaceable bolt-on bucket blades made of high impact tempered steel. Anti-scalping bucket sides are pivot mounted to provide a horizontal closing action rather than a vertical digging motion. Sides are mechanically linked to single hydraulic cylinder to ensure both sides close and open together. Continuous rotation. No hoses below bucket rotator.

Chassis & Hoist Requirements
The Petersen PL-3 loader system requ ires a heavy-duty chassis & roll-off hoist. The complexity of the system and diversity of chassis/hoist combinations available necessitates that Petersen check each one individually prior to sale. The following are minimum requirements:

18 ft. 24 cy 20 ft 26cy
GVW 60,000 (tandem) 60,000 (tandem)
Cab to Trunion 174 194
Hoist Capacity 50,000 lbs 50,000 lbs
Rail Length 22ft 6in 24ft 6in

These are not complete chassis specifications. Call your Petersen representative about other possible chassis arrangements and for complete chassis specs.

Trash Body
18 feet, 24 cubic yard capacity is standard size (larger size available for 24.5 ft rails).
3/ 16~ solid plate floor on cross members with 12″ centers.

Operator Controls
Dual manual controls (greaseless) for outriggers and loader on both sides of truck for easy access and visibility. A “Grip Strut” serrated steel walk platform and steel handrail is included. Frame lock control lever is located at valve bank. Also available with QuadStick controls (mechanical six-function joysticks).

A-frame pedestal design allows flexing under repeated load shocks. Replaceable Cast Nylon Bushings used in head assembly. Head assembly is stress relieved. Reinforced connection points with hardened pins and replaceable bushings. Counterbalance valves used on all boom cylinders and pilot operated check valves used on vertical outrigger cylinders.