It was in 1901, in a small rented building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that Julius P. Heil started the Heil Rail Joint Welding Co. Inspired by a new process called “welding,” Heil applied the technology to street car rails at first, then to tanks and truck bodies, making riveted construction obsolete.
As uses for electric welding grew, so did The Heil Co. Our first refuse collection bodies were built for the city of Milwaukee in the early 1900s. By the 1930s, Heil garbage trucks were collecting solid waste in hundreds of American cities, large and small. By putting the customer first, from service and support to design breakthroughs, Heil has emerged as the world’s leading producer of refuse collection vehicles.
Heil products are represented by a network of more than 50 knowledgeable dealers in North America, providing local service and parts inventories. Internationally, Heil’s network reaches into 150 different countries. We produce the widest variety of refuse collection bodies available, including: Front Loaders, Rear Loaders, Side Loaders, and Multi-Compartment Vehicles as well as a premier line of hook lift and cable hoist units for roll-off containers.
Automated Front Loaders: Half/Pack® Odyssey
Heil’s engineering innovations continue to raise the bar for automated front loaders. Our patented Odyssey technology delivers industry leading productivity with low total cost of ownership, helping our customers make more money.
Rear Loaders: DuraPack® 5000 Rear Loader
With over 20,000 built and nearly 30 years of reliability, Heil’s DuraPack 5000 high-compaction refuse vehicle has become the mainstay of garbage collection fleets, from small independent haulers to the world’s largest municipal fleet.
Engineered to last. The DuraPack 5000 features Heil’s DP body, the only fully welded, interlaced subframe in a refuse collection truck. With formed channels for extra strength, high tensile strength steel to maximize performance at a minimum weight, and full welding for superior resistance to corrosion and cracking, the DuraPack 5000 is a sturdy rear loader with the stamina to absorb years of tough hauling.
Outstanding weight distribution. But our engineers still weren’t satisfied. Their search for perfection led them to discover a way to create outstanding weight distribution and reduce wear on rearward chassis components. They incorporated a high cylinder mount into a compact design with a short overhang to maximize forward loading of both the body and the payload.
Easy to operate. The DuraPack 5000 rear loader is as functional as it is durable. Operators around the world appreciate the convenient one-handed manual packing controls that enable them to stop, start, or reverse either the upper panel or the blade at any point in the packing cycle. With a simple two-step cycle that reloads in just 6 to 8 seconds, and a complete cycle time of 16 to 18 seconds, it gets them through their routes quickly.
Other Rear Loaders: DuraPack® 4060, DuraPack® 5000, PT1000™, PowerTrack® Commercial, PowerTrack® Commercial PLUS
Side Loaders: Liberty™ Side Loader
What do you get when you combine one of the most productive refuse collection bodies in the industry with the most advanced automated arm? A true performer — Heil’s Liberty!
By integrating our time-tested Continuous Pack body with the patented technology of the Python arm, Heil has created a refuse collection body with proven reliability and unsurpassed speed.
The Continuous Pack body has been a customer favorite for more than 35 years, far and away the most popular ever produced. This remarkable side loader will accommodate trash collection routes of almost any size, with seven models ranging from 16 to 32 cubic yards. Our patented paddle packer design continuously sweeps the hopper, so there’s no need to stop and pack the load. And, because there’s no packer panel to slide into the body, the need for shoes, guide tracks, guide rails, and internal body parts is eliminated — as is the need to clean out behind the packer.
The patented Python arm is the fastest, smoothest, most maintenance-friendly automated arm in the world. It features an 8-second lift cycle, which can save you up to 4 seconds per stop and up to 1 hour per day – delivering more than $15,000 in savings per garbage truck per year. The Python’s 9-foot reach can negotiate between cars and other obstacles, making even the most difficult trash pick-ups possible.
We back all Heil units with a worldwide network of knowledgeable dealers and service centers, as well as the industry’s first dedicated manufacturer-based training facility and mobile training centers, to help you keep your Liberty side loader operating at its peak. Add to that Heil’s century-old heritage of commitment to customer satisfaction, and you can feel certain that when you choose a Liberty, you are getting the most productive and durable, refuse collection vehicle available.
Other Side Loaders: MultiPack® Side Loader, Rapid Rail® Side Loader, Retriever ™ Satellite Side Loader, STARR System Side Loader
Other Heil Products:
- Front Loaders
- Multi-Compartment Vehicles
- Roll-Off Hoists
- Heil CNG