DownEaster launches 2016 drop side dump body


DownEaster MFG (Topsham, Maine) released the nine-foot-three-inch x 96-inch wide, drop side dump body for 60-inch cab-to-axle chassis trucks. This model body will be offered in painted steel w/ stainless drop sides and full 304 Stainless Steel construction. It will also have the same material construction as the entire body line with the addition of light weight sides; yet still yield higher tensile strength using 12 GA, double wall, 304 SS side plates. Stainless steel hinge construction and dual lever lock latches for longevity, safety and simplicity. Both models will feature fully interlaced cross members and formed 3/16 inch long sills. A quarter, bolt on cab shield, with integrated tarp mounting provisions, is standard.

In addition, other design features also include a 2.5 inch lower bed floor to chassis height, making easier loading and unloading, with a lower center of gravity. Self aligning rear latch release for the top tailgate pins minimizes opening and closing effort, without comprising body and hand ergonomics or any awkward reaching positions, to improve worker safety with one hand operation. Rear corner posts and apron now constructed of 3/16 inch thick steel, a 30 percent increase in thickness over previous models and a full 11 inch deep with integrated tarp hooks and sloped surfaces, for dirt shedding.

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