(February 23, 2014)

Added album for restored Leach Refuse Getter owned by E-Z Waste Systems in the CRT Living Classics section. There is still some work left to do, but this a remarkable restoration considering the original state in which this body was found. Many thanks to Rob Beck for keeping CRT up to date on this classic.

E-Z Waste Systems Leach Refuse Getter

(February 19, 2014)

Both Zachary Geroux and Dana Gregory quickly dispatched Unsolved #17 to the "solved" file, identifying it as a Heil front loader.

(February 16, 2014)

New truck added to the CRT Unsolved Mysteries Page. The gallery listings page has been reorganized with unsolved trucks at top of page, and solved trucks at the bottom.

Unsolved #17: Niagra Sanitation front loader

(January 18, 2014)

Load-Master and Pak-Mor sections have been added to the CRT Downloads Page. There are a total of six new brochures available for download on PDF:

Load-Master Downloads Page at CRT

Pak-Mor Downloads Page at CRT

(January 12, 2014)

At long last, the story behind California builder C & O Manufacturing can be read at West Coast Steel Photography. Author Zachary Geroux thoroughly researched this amazing article, even interviewing company founder Chester Ott. Packed with tons of rare old photos too! A must read at the link below:

The C & O Story

(This article has been cross-referenced and linked throughout the CRT website)

(January 1, 2014)

Four new images of the Royal Dumpmaster (courtesy of Zachary Geroux) have been added to the DEMPSTER album, and linked below. The complete brochure has been added to CRT Downloads, or you may download it here by clicking the lower link:

Dempster Album, Chapter 11: The Krug Years

Download the Complete Brochure on PDF
(December 15, 2013)

Due to the unusually long time it is taking me to update the Gar Wood and Heil albums, I have posted temporary identification guides for each brand:

Gar Wood ID Guide

Heil ID Guide
(November 29, 2013)

NEW LINKS-Three new links of interest recently added to CRT:

All types of refuse trucks, specializing in the independent builders of the western United States. Brought to you by Zachary Geroux, and featuring his own photography plus vintage pictures from the S. Vincen Bowles archive.

This British photo archive has a section devoted to refuse equipment with several hundred vintage images.
Thanks to Kevin Sowter for submitting this link

A comprehensive documentation of British trucking history since 1905 from the pages of Commercial Motor. Easy to use search engine, a must for those interested in British refuse vehicles and motor trucks in general
Thanks to Bob Hakewill for submitting this link
(November 17, 2013)


   Added entry for MG Welding. Also, Chris Samborsky reports that Ontario-based refuse truck builder Fanotech is out of business. At this time I am unable to corroborate, but the firm hasbeen in some financial trouble since 2011. Fanotech builds front and rear loaders similar to the E-Z Pack Goliath and Hercules series.

   Unsolved Mystery #9, and most likely #10, have been solved: Zach Geroux found more pictures of #9 among the S. Vincen Bowles photo archives. It is in fact a Bowles full-pack of about 50 yards capacity, with the notation "Chester Otting", for whom it was presumably built.

   From the Waste Pro Refuse Truck Museum in Sanford, Florida, Scott Collier is asking for help locating a restorable "Slam Door" Gar Wood Load-Packer to add to their growing collection. These were made from 1937-1952 and can be identified by the manually-operated ram door through which refuse is loaded into the hopper. Contact Scott at 407-937-2668 or E-mail if you can help.

   Back in the Winter 2013 issue, CRT featured a beautiful 1978 Gar Wood LP-720-9 that had been on CraigsList in Yakima, Washington. By the time it was reported in these pages, the listing had expired leaving no way to find the owner or whereabouts of the truck. Scott also reports that Waste Pro now owns this truck, which will thankfully be preserved at their facility. Many thanks to Zach Geroux who found it re-listed again this summer and passed it along.


   A fairly old AMREP side loader on the venerable Ford C-Series tilt-cab chassis. Aaron Budiman found this truck and believes it to be operational, and hopes to get some video of it in the future.

   Back in 2009, CRT reported a new replica of the Geesink GPM3 rear loader was being offered by Tekno. Ismael Ahure has provided some more details about this model, and I have updated page CC16 with his information.

   This appears to be a nicely detailed replica, along the lines of the Conrad model refuse trucks, and well worth a look for collectors.

   We often use the term "west coast" to describe the unique refuse trucks that are designed and built and used primarily in the western United States. I recently received an email from 'Mike' whose family moved in 1966 from California to points west, Australia in particular.

   For nearly twenty years, his family built refuse trucks in that country, many of which show the heavy influence of the California style of equipment. Not knowing how to categorize them, I've simply bundled Mike's pictures into a photo album titled Old Trash Trucks Built in Australia, and it is located in the CRT Articles page. Everyone should enjoy seeing these vintage images, especially "west coast" enthusiasts.

   Among the many treasures that Zach Geroux has discovered with the S. Vincen Bowles photo archive are images of the Jumping Bean, an unusual automated loader that received a fair amount of industry press in the early 1970s. At a time when automated cart loaders were still in their experimental stage, other methods of automated collection were still being considered.

   The Jumping Bean was an automated bag loader attachment, designed to collect bagged refuse directly off the pavement! It was designed and built by Van Drie Engineering of El Segundo, California, and is known to have been in at least limited use by the City of Covina. In 1973, the first prototype conveyor was attached to a Shu-Pak side loader with the packer mechanism set for continuous cycling. At the front of the conveyor, twin automobile wheels with rubber bands between them functioned to grab and feed the bags onto the conveyor flights.

   In 1974, the Jumping Bean was attached to 40-cubic yard Bowles full-pack front loader. the Shu-Pak had been filling up too fast, thus the need for increased capacity. It is unknown if Bowles was involved in any of the mounting or modification process. They may have merely supplied the packer body.

   Despite favorable reviews from Covina, and their plans to go citywide with the system, the Jumping Bean bag loader seems to have been unable to generate much more industry interest. Probably, this owed to the difficulty finding space for long rows of refuse, without obstruction of the trucks. Scattering of trash by animals may have also been a consideration in some areas, as well as objections to large piles of refuse on city streets.

   Whatever the reasons, the Jumping Bean soon vanished into history, and cart tippers eventually became the standard method of automated collection in the United States.

   Many have been hoping to see the return of Gar Wood and Heil to the CRT album pages. What started out as re-write of the Heil album crossed over into Gar Wood's history, and resulted in a complete overhaul of that album as well. Gar Wood is now 90-percent complete, and is one of the biggest albums I've ever created for this site. Unfortunately, time constraints stopped my progress in early October, and will have to further delay the album for at least a few more weeks or longer. Heil has been started, but just barely, and will have to be considered a 2014 project at this point.

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