Hand-Made Sanicruiser 20-yard
by Pete DeRose
Pete DeRose patterned this model after a truck owned by Propst Refuse Service of White Hall, Maryland. Propst has been in in business since 1967, and Pete spotted one of their earlier trucks, now derelict, in their yard. He created a near-perfect replica of the Leach Sanicruiser (1970-1984 version), mounted on a correct 1:25 scale Ford L-Series model chassis.
Despite the complexity of the mechanism, this model has fully moveable packer and ejector blades, and the tailgate raises and lowers. As can be seen from the photo directly below, it is absolutely true to the original truck and real triumph for Pete.
Photos of Pete's model during its construction:
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