We will be at the Florida APWA Expo in Jacksonville, Florida April 17th-19th. Come 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... Read more →
April 3, 2018
We will be at the Florida APWA Expo in Jacksonville, Florida April 17th-19th. Come 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-676-1493 ext. 227; they are first come, first served. We will see you there!
March 6, 2018
Click on the link below to read our most recent article featured in Waste Advantage written by Sam Petersen. Read more
February 9, 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.”
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. 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
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.
January 2, 2018
November 2, 2017
October 19, 2017
Storm Debris Removal
At Petersen Industries, we recognize that clean up after a significant storm can place a strain on both the public and on City resources. We want to help you prepare for any natural disaster, by adding our grapple trucks to your fleet before storm season.
Hurricane Irma left many cities and counties in Florida scrambling to find grapple trucks to collect debris throughout their city. Some cities had private contractors lined up prior to storm season for any possible debris collection needs, only to find that when Irma left the contractors had already taken jobs in Texas cleaning up after Hurricane Harvey. Several cities and private contractors tried to find grapple trucks after the storms passed, only to find the supply did not meet the demand. Our Lightning Loaders can be used year round for your debris and bulky waste collection needs, don’t wait until after the storm passes to realize you should have a grapple truck in your inventory.
With Lightning Loaders in your fleet, you’re ready to start recovery immediately after the storm strikes- whether it is an ice storm, hurricane, or tornado. Petersen understands that a quick response is imperative so that utility trucks can reach downed power lines and utility poles. Many customers find that using our model RS-3 Rear Steer® works great in assisting first responders. Our Rear Steer® unit can fit into smaller spaces and clear roadways fast, allowing emergency personnel and utility trucks to pass through the streets.
Our TL-3, DL-3, and Atlas Lightning Loader units are perfect for picking up debris and hauling it to the dump as a one-man operation. Let our Lightning Loader® units help you with your storm debris collection efforts more efficient by saving you time and manual labor. We also offer several of our TL-3 Lightning Loaders as rental units, please contact us about availability.
To schedule a demonstration or to obtain a quote, please call 863-215-7188 or email us at email@example.com
August 8, 2017
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August 1, 2017
How is a Loader Different than a Boom Crane?
There are countless different cranes on the market. In fact, most cranes can be considered boom crane since the boom is part of the design of a crane. The pedestal is fastened to the platform; which is connected to the head that turns the loader. The main boom is the first section connected to the head, the more mobile, smaller part of the boom is called the tip boom which has a tip extension that connects to gimbal that connects to the bucket cylinder.
We sell loaders which are often called ‘knuckle-boom’ loaders because it has multiple joints and resembles the motions of a finger and it knuckles. The knuckle-boom loader is classified as a ‘fixed’ loader meaning that it is fixed to a point, in this case, the pedestal is fixed to our trucks.
How do we design our Loaders?
While each of our loaders are designed differently and modified for specific purposes, we are going to focus on the design elements behind our most popular truck, the TL-3 Lightning Loader®.
The TL-3 Loader has been in operation for over 60 years. While there have been small changes to the design. We still keep three features close to the design philosophy: Strength, durability, and reliability.
Strength – The TL-3 Lightning Loader® offers an impressive 7,100 load capacity along with various body sizes to meet our customer’s needs.
Durability – We manufacture and install 95% of all components in-house. Our loaders are built by highly trained American workers with quality American parts. We use nylatron bushings in the bearing housing and a sealed planetary gearbox to reduce maintenance time.
Reliability – 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Lightning Loader®. Our loader has been on the market twice as long as most of our major competitors have been in business. The Lightning Loader® is the most envied, most desired, and most imitated grapple truck in the industry.
We are the face of experience, dedication, and amazing boom crane service. Give us a call at (863) 215-7188 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your demonstration or quote.
June 9, 2017
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. Read more
May 5, 2017
April 6, 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, we will be exhibiting in Booth 2818 and celebrating our 60th year of the Lightning Loader®. Read more
February 3, 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!
November 23, 2016
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. Read more
October 28, 2016
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.
September 2, 2016
Petersen Industries, Inc. introduces two new models, the Route Assistant™ and the Atlas Lightning Loader.
Lake Wales, Florida, August 9, 2016– Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom 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. Read more
August 8, 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.
June 23, 2016
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. Read more
June 4, 2016
Waste Expo is back in the exciting town of Las Vegas this year. 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!
March 30, 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. Read more
February 23, 2016
Come 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 a truck in this 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.
February 17, 2016
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
January 29, 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.
October 15, 2015
September 22, 2015
Lake Wales, Florida, September 14, 2015– Petersen Industries, Inc., the waste and recycling industry’s leading knuckleboom manufacturer, recently honored River City Hydraulics as their 2014 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.
Company owners, Casey Hardee and Sam Petersen, presented River City Hydraulics’, owner, Harry Long, and Regional Sales Manager, Jamie McCoy, with a personalized trophy at a recent dealer event at Petersen Industries’ headquarters in Florida. “I am very proud of these guys. I have been working with them personally since I entered into the sales side of the business. I have seen firsthand how hard they work on our behalf’” – Sam Petersen, Petersen Industries, Inc.