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Grapple Trucks – Petersen Grapples

At E.R. Truck & Equipment we offer Petersen Grapples as one of our manufacturers for Grapple Trucks. Grapple Trucks are used for collecting over sized items such as debris removal, large appliances, furniture, hurricane disasters or bulky waste in general and are often called different terms like Clam Trucks, Loader Trucks, Logging Trucks or Forestry Trucks.

At E.R. Truck & Equipment we manufacture Grapple Trucks on 2011 or newer chassis with the right specs.

To purchase one of our Grapple Trucks or to place an order call us at 305-563-8418 or email us at sales@ertruck.com

To view our current inventory, click here Grapple Trucks For Sale

Model TL-3 – Trash Truck Loader & Body

The TL-3 is Petersen’s most popular and versatile unit. A single operator can load, haul and dump trash with this unit.

  • 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.
  • All-purpose anti-scalping trash bucket features low maintenance single cylinder design
  • Dump body sizes range between 20 and 30 cubic yards
  • ANSI Z245 compliant

General Specifications

  • Reach (from center line rotation): 20 feet 7 inches
  • Main Boom and Tip Boom: 16 feet 7 inches
  • Tip Extension: 4 feet
  • Tare Weight (empty): 23,000 lbs
  • Front Axle Weight: 8,510
  • Rear Axle Weight: 14,490 lbs
  • Outrigger Span: 11 feet 8 inches
  • Storage Height: 11 feet 3 inches
  • Dump Body Hoist Capacity: 23 tons

Lifting Capacity

  • 10 Foot Radius: 7,100 lbs
  • 16 Foot Radius: 4,400 lbs
  • 20 Foot Radius: 3,200 lbs

Weight of bucket and/or attachments must be subtracted from lift capacities shown. Standard bucket weights approximately 1,000 pounds. Capacities shown do not exceed 85% of vehicle tipping moment with outriggers fully extended on firm, level ground.

Standard Bucket Features

All purpose clamshell design, 4 feet wide with an opened width of 5 feet. High impact tempered steel used on bucket cutting edges for extended life. Reverse curve shape helps prevent scalping of lawns. Continuous rotation. No hoses below bucket rotator.

Recommended Chassis Specification (Minimum)

Body StyleConventional Cab
Cab-to-Axle Dimension168″, 186″, 192″
Front Axle Rating12,000 lbs
Rear Axle Rating21,000 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating33,000 lbs
Frame1,500,000 RBM
Engine230 HP Diesel
ElectricalRemote engine & transmission connectors
CNG Capable*

Standard Trash Dump Body

18 feet, 24 cubic yard capacity is standard (larger sizes available). 3/16″ solid plate floor on cross members with 12″ centers.

Operator Controls

Dual manual controls (grease less) for outriggers and loader on both sides of the truck for easy access and visibility. QUADSTICK® mechanically linked dual joystick controls and stationary top-mount controls are available.


A-frame pedestal design allows flexing under repeated load shocks. Replaceable Cast Nylon bushings used in head assembly. Head assembly is stress relieved. Reinforced connection points with hardened pins and replaceable bushings. Counterbalance valves used on boom cylinders and pilot operated check valves used on vertical outrigger cylinders.