Roll-off hoists make stationary recycling
containers mobile by pulling them onto trucks and trailers.
From there, it’s easy to move recyclable materials to sorting
centers, balers and other stops on the way to becoming useful
products. But first, roll-off hoists have to battle tough conditions
and heavy loads. With that in mind, while hoists come in several
different designs intended for trailers and trucks and containers
of varying lengths as well as those with inside and outside
rails, the main differentiating feature is how much they can
At American Roll-Off in Trenton, New Jersey, the company’s
product line consists of a wide array of single-, tandem-,
and tri-axle roll-off hoists with capacities of 20,000 lbs.
to 75,000 lbs. for 10 ft. through 26 ft. long containers. Sales
manager Fred Fisher says the use of heavy-duty hydraulic pumps
and other components makes their products even sturdier than
their ratings indicate. “Our hoists are popular with people
who are hauling heavy or hauling lots of loads,” he says. “We’re
popular with people hauling scrap, demolition debris, concrete,
dirt - anything in a tough environment.”
Fisher says their XT series is one of their most widely-used
hoists. The product appeals to buyers interested in a longer
product life cycle. “The reason is it’s easier for the customer
to maintain,” Fisher says. “You can disassemble the whole roll-off
with wrenches so it’s easier to change pins and everything
Rather than the usual welded-on pins that require a welder
to remove when one wears out, American Roll-Off’s XT models
feature bolted-on pins. “To remove or replace a roller or cylinder
pin, you take off one bolt, remove and replace the pin,” Fisher
says. Extra-durable chrome cylinder rods, long-lasting LED
lights and prewired factory-sealed harnesses also help extend
the XT series’ useful life.
G & H Manufacturing, Inc. located in Arlington, Texas,
offers truck-mounted and trailer-mounted roll-off hoists with
capacities from 30,000 lbs. to 80,000 lbs. Ray Campbell, general
manager, says each product is created with its specific use
in mind. “Our hoists are designed from the chassis up,” he
says. “It’s not a standard product. We try to fit it to the
Depending on the container to be hoisted, G&H makes hoists
in 26 ft., 24 ft., inside-rail, outside-rail and other configurations.
“We do extendible tails and we do dead lift style,” Campbell
adds. “It’s all based around the basic hoist, either by capacity
or some slight style variations. For instance, you can take
the tail and instead of having it fixed, extend it out with
a separate hydraulic system.”
Rising fuel cost is the biggest factor affecting G&H’s
customers and product designs. One result of higher fuel costs
is increasing demand for roll-off hoist trailers that allow
buyers to increase efficiency by hauling two containers at
a time, including one truck-mounted and one trailer-mounted.
“People are trying to maximize loads these days, more so than
ever, largely because of fuel,” Campbell says.
The bulk of G & H’s customers are North American. “We are
doing a little bit in European markets,” Campbell says. “But
the thing with European markets is they have a different truck
configuration than the United States. Our stuff is big and
brutish and theirs is more compact. But we do well in Mexico,
Canada and Puerto Rico.”
Stellar Industries in Garner, Iowa, manufactures its K-Pac
Iron Man series of truck-mounted roll-off hoists in outside
rail, inside rail, extendable tail, and dead-lift styles, with
capacities from 50,000 lbs. to 75,000 lbs. Glenn Rasmus, demountables
sales and product manager, says their most popular model is
the KP60-174OR. This model features a hoist prop accessible
from both sides, heavy duty rear bumper with recessed lights,
outside control system and automatic container lock.
Rasmus sums up the product’s appeal, “Stellar Industries cable
hoists are standard with a 1/4” x 2” x 4” safety prop instead
of a SCh 40 pipe at fenders and sub frame which is integral
to the main frame of the cable hoist. Stellar’s sub frame is
1/4” x 2” x 4” instead of competitive models using 3/16” x
2” x 3”. There is no need to bungee cord to the chassis frame.
Rear hinge lugs are 1.5” instead of 1.25”. There is a 3” rear
hinge pin instead of 1 15/16”. The drop shaft is standard,
not an option with an up-charge.”
Stellar’s main customers for roll-off hoists are refuse companies,
municipalities, construction companies and recyclers, Rasmus
says. The future “looks very good at this time,” he adds.
Greg Brown, owner of Benlee, Inc. in Romulus, Michigan, says
his company’s prospects have been radically improved by the
reception of a roll-off hoist mounted on a smaller trailer.
“Four years ago, we sold 48 trailers in a year,” Brown says.
“This week alone we sold eight.” The Super Mini Trailer, measuring
just under 26 ft., can carry up to 40,000 lbs. in 24 ft. boxes
pulled by a tractor-trailer, and is more efficient and cost
effective than two or three-axle roll-off trucks, Brown says.
Super Minis are going to municipalities, general recycling
and scrap recyclers who appreciate the unit’s relatively low
costs, improved maneuverability and the ability to use it with