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Heavy-Duty Liners For Dump Trucks
Quality bed liners in dump trucks and trailers pay for themselves in record time, says Ross McShane, owner of Prairie Plastics in West Fargo, N. Dak.
  “Preventing sticking is the biggest thing –and not ruining the bed. The entire load comes out, so you eliminate a lot of backhaul,” he says.
  The liners are crucial to dump loads of sugar beets grown in sticky clay in his region, while liners protect the beds of gravel and coal hauling dump trucks and trailers.
  With 20 years of experience in the industry and connections with manufacturers, McShane started his business a couple of years ago. He sells and installs liners in his area and custom cuts liners to ship anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.
  “It comes in 1/8 to 1/2-in. thicknesses and is a high molecular weight plastic,” he explains. He fastens it with bolts, pop rivets or aluminum flashing, and liners typically last 6 or 7 years.
  Prices range from $250 for a light liner used for snow hauling to about $2,500 for a heavy-duty dump truck. There’s even a high end polyethylene rated up to 400 F degrees to handle hot asphalt.
  Most of the customers that bring their equipment to McShane’s shop are farmers who haul corn and beans, silage and turkey litter. Others haul hides or trash.
  “It’s very niche. There are 5 or 6 businesses in the U.S. that do it well,” he says. “Some offer lower quality plastic that cracks or wrecks in a year or two.”
  McShane focuses on providing quality product and professional installation with a quick turnaround for his customers in about a 100-mile radius. He also has a good supply of plastic to take orders for shipping.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Prairie Plastics, 1413 5th Ave. N.E., West Fargo, N. Dak. 58078 (ph 701 541-0793; www.prairieplasticsllc.com; rmcshane@prairieplasticsllc.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #1