Do You Want To Dig A Hole With A Shovel Or A Trackhoe?

I was talking to someone on Facebook who insisted that he could build a trailer like QuickLoadz for half the price. Then we got into some details. He would put on a smaller engine, lighter axles, a winch instead of dual chain drives, no LiftWedges, no sliding axles, no smartphone controlled hydraulics, no rearview camera, no hydraulic locks.

“You don’t need all of that stuff to move empty containers. You over built it.”

It is true that you don’t need all of that stuff to move containers. You don’t need a pickup truck to move drywall, you can tie it to the top of your car.

But if you want to move loaded containers, you at least need a way to get the container all the way onto the trailer bed, and therefore a way to push the container off of the trailer bed. Winches don’t push.

If you want to use winches, chains, and straps, get out and pull start some small engine, get in and out of the cab 10 times while backing up, get in and out of the cab six times while loading (it is hard to steer a truck in the cab while holding down a hydraulic control lever on the trailer; you have to have especially long arms), throw straps over the container… you don’t need all of the stuff that QuickLoadz has. We didn’t invent moving containers. You just need to be a skilled driver, with a good back, good luck, and 30 minutes to spare.

Or, you could use QuickLoadz and take a skilled, 30 minute, difficult, dangerous job and turn it into three minutes of pushing buttons on a smartphone.

A shovel is not the same as a trackhoe.

A trackhoe is not “overbuilt.” If you dig a lot of holes—and big ones—and you do it all the time, you buy a trackhoe. If you dig a couple of fence posts or a garden, you buy a shovel.

One is professional, one is a hobby. Which are you?

- Sean