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Petersen Knuckleboom Trash Loaders
from Municipal Equipment Sales, Inc.


We look forward to earning YOUR business.

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Petersen Industries is an ANSI-Compliant company with 50 years of experience manufacturing knuckleboom loaders. The first Lightning Loader® for bulk citrus was introduced in 1957, and they have manufactured over 3,700 of them since. In the mid 1970's Petersen was asked to design a knuckleboom that could be used for loading bulky trash. The result was a trash loader concept that has been improved and refined over the last 30 years. Petersen is exclusively focused on trash and citrus loaders.

ANSI Compliance

With the exception of 3 or 4 engineered items, Petersen manufactures all other major components, including most hydraulic cylinders. Petersen has complete CNC machining and fabrication facilities, along with a factory installation that integrates the loader, trash body and truck chassis into an optimized system for oversized trash collection. That aspect separates them from their competition – and the customer ends up with a single point of responsibility for the performance of the entire system.

Take a look at the wide variety of knuckleboom equipment the company offers and remember that after the sale you can always count on our experienced support personnel to provide you with follow-up services, including replacement parts and product information.


Scroll down the page to see all of Petersen's extensive product line. Or, choose a link from the list below.


Looking for other sanitation-related equipment?

Click here to look at Loadmaster trash trucks, Pak-Rat trash collectors and trailers, Pak-Mor refuse packers and Perkins front and side-loaders.

Click here to see Otto trash containers, recycling containers and lifters.


 

Model TL-3 Lightning Loader®
Dual Control Grapple Truck

Model TL-3

Petersen has been building the model TL-3 since 1979, and it is their most popular and versatile unit. A single operator can load, haul and dump trash with this unit. Optional Top-Mounted Controls

  • 20 ft. boom reach includes 4 ft. telescoping extension
  • Lifts 3,200 lbs. when fully extended at 20 ft.
  • At 10 ft. maximum lift capacity is 7,100 lbs.
  • Optional top-mount controls
  • All-purpose anti-scalping trash bucket features low maintenance single cylinder design
  • 3-year structural warranty
  • Dump body sizes range between 20 and 30 cubic yards
  • ANSI Z245 compliant; in use by over 750 cities

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model TL-3 (opens in a new page).

Common Options Include the Following (contact us for details on any of these):

  • Dual walk-thru controls
  • QuadStick mechanical controls
  • Top-mounted controls
  • Top-mounted joystick controls
  • Get TL-3 Product PDF
  • Outrigger pads
  • All purpose trash grapple
  • Crab front load container attachment
  • Dual strobe on truck
  • Hose guards
  • Double wire braided hose
  • Heat shield for operator platform



 

Model RS-3 Lightning Loader®
Stay on Route with Continuous Loading!

Model RS-3

Petersen has been building the model RS-3 since 1997. It's the most advanced and efficient system for collecting trash on the market and a great system for high volume route collection.

Two features that set this unit apart are the ability to drive in reverse from the operator's station and not needing outriggers for most loading operations. The Rear Steer may be driven from behind and loads into separate haul trucks from a single lane.

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  • Twin mechanical joystick controls
  • Operator's cab has air-conditioning, heat, air-ride seat, and windshield wipers
  • Operator's cab also features all normal driving controls for driving backward; brakes, acceleration, horn, etc.
  • 20 ft. boom reach includes 4 ft. telescopic extension
  • Large counter-weight and suspension locks add stability for loading
  • Counterbalance valves on all boom cylinders for safety
Get RS-3 Product PDF

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model RS-3 (opens in a new page).



 

Model RL-3 Lightning Loader®
Walk-Through Controls Allow Driver to be the Operator!

Model RL-3

The rear-mounted RL-3 is designed for loading into attached trailers or into separate haul trucks.

  • 20 ft. boom reach includes 4 ft. telescopic extension
  • Standard control type is dual walk-thru
  • Also available with patented QuadStick® controls – 4 six-function mechanical joysticks
  • Trailer package option – includes float control, pintle hitch, diverter valve, and quick coupler
  • Boom stows in rear rack or in trailer
.

Two features that set this unit apart are the ability to drive in reverse from the operator's station and not needing outriggers for most loading operations. The Rear Steer may be driven from behind and loads into separate haul trucks from a single lane. The unit is designed to be used with Petersen's TT2 trailer.

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  • Twin mechanical joystick controls
  • Operator's cab has air-conditioning, heat, air-ride seat, and windshield wipers
  • Operator's cab also features all normal driving controls for driving backward; brakes, acceleration, horn, etc.
  • 20 ft. boom reach includes 4 ft. telescopic extension
  • Large counter-weight and suspension locks add stability for loading
  • Counterbalance valves on all boom cylinders for safety
Get RL-3 Product PDF

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model RL-3 (opens in a new page).



 

Model BL-3 Lightning Loader®
Load Into Rolloffs

Model BL-3

The model BL-3 is a 20 ft. knuckleboom loader that is permanently mounted in front of a rolloff.

You can use your existing rolloff boxes with this system. A favorite with large waste companies, Petersen has been manufacturing the BL-3 model since 1998.

BL3 Loading
  • Loads into multiple containers without ever leaving the route
  • Available with walk-thru or top mounted controls
  • Accommodates most containers
Get BL-3 Product PDF

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model BL-3 (opens in a new page).



 

Model PL-3 Lightning Loader®
Use With Your Existing Rolloff Truck!

Model PL-3

The PL-3 is a loader and body that we plumb to fit your existing rolloff. Adds capabilities to your fleet without having to dedicate a truck full time.

Easy Storage
  • 20 ft. reach includes 4 ft. tip extension
  • 24 cubic yard body standard
  • Can be installed on your existing rolloff
  • Dual walk-thru controls
  • Only takes a minute to disconnect

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model PL-3 (opens in a new page).

Common Options Include the Following (contact us for details on any of these):

  • Dual walk-thru controls
  • QuadStick mechanical controls
  • All purpose trash grapple
  • Get TL-3 Product PDF
  • Double-wire braided hose
  • 1/4 inch floor
  • Continuous welds
  • Re-inforcement plates
  • PI self-winding load cover
  • In-body tool box
  • Reflective tape



 

Model HL-3 Lightning Loader®
Make Your Truck More Versatile

Model HL-3

The model HL-3 is a loader and body that can be used on a hooklift truck. Adds new capabilities to your truck without having to dedicate it full time. Minimum rail length of 19 ft.

Petersen has 10 years of experience with manufacturing loaders for use with hooklift systems, so you can count on them to get it right.

  • Will not interfere with regular hooklift operations
  • Body has separate dump hoist
  • 3 year structural, 1-year hydraulic warranty
  • Change operations in just minutes
  • Fast, clean drop procedures

Common Options Include the Following (contact us for details on any of these):

  • Dual walk-thru controls
  • QuadStick mechanical controls
  • All purpose trash grapple
  • Get HL-3 Product PDF
  • Dual strobe on truck
  • Double wire braided hose
  • 1/4 inch floor
  • Continuous welds
  • Re-inforcement plates
  • PI self-winding load cover
  • In-body tool box
  • Reflective tape

Click here to view the Standard Features of the Model HL-3 (opens in a new page).



 

Model TT2 Trash Dump Trailer

Model TT2 Trailer

Petersen's standard trailer is heavy duty! Trailer includes 3in. pintle eye, jack stand, quick couplers, and 15,000 lb capacity draw bar. Designed for use with Petersen models RL-3 and RL-2.

  • Available with single or dual axle
  • Electric brakes are standard
  • body lights are inset or flush-mounted
  • single sheet 3/26" floor
  • 10 gauge sides, headboard, and doors
  • Side stakes 3in. x 4in. formed channel
  • 4in. cross sills on 12in. centers
Common Options Include the Following (contact us for details on any of these): Get TT2 Product PDF
  • Trailer package on truck
  • Dual 6" hoist
  • Tandem axles
  • Hydraulic Jack Stand
  • Reflective tape
Trailer Info





After the Sale: You can always count on our experienced support personnel to provide you with follow-up services, including replacement parts and product information.

How can we serve your needs?

For more information about any of our municipal equipment products, give us a call or send us an email.


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Address: 208 Bell Place
Woodstock, GA 30188


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