Ray Gaskin Service
If Bowles and Bemars were small independent builders, Ray Gaskin Service was perhaps the west coast "micro builder". Gaskin built and repaired refuse bodies for a half century at his Pasadena shop, going back to the days of when the open body dump truck was the norm. Starting in the mid 1950's, Gaskin-built mechanical loader bodies were being produced such as the rear bucket loader pictured above. This 1960 prototype features a rail guided bucket which was adaptable to hoist small containers as well. Though this non-compacting body may seem primitive even by the standard of the day, they nevertheless still found favor with may haulers and municipalities in the region.
This later model Gaskin full-pack for Pasadena now wears curved Dempster-type lift arms, and is being used on a hand-loaded collection route. Gaskin front loaders were built at least through the 1970's, and though the firm no longer manufactures packer bodies, they are believed to remain in the equipment business at a new location in nearby Baldwin Park.
1978 RGFL-1 50 cubic yard front loader
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1978c Gaskin-Built Industrial Waste Front Loader
12/10/05 (revised 4/22/12)
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