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Pipe Unloaders

In 1956, an idea came to the mind of H.H. “Hank” Schmidgall as he struggled to find an economic and simple way to unload pipe produced from his small factory in Morning Sun, Iowa from the back of a truck.

The idea blossomed into the Pipemaster Pipe Unloader and 55 years and thousands of pipe unloaders later, the Pipemaster is still the industry standard method of unloading pipe from the back of a flatbed truck.

The Pipemaster Pipe Unloader is the fast and dependable way to unload concrete pipe. Its smooth hydraulic action virtually eliminates pipe breakage. Pipe can be unloaded almost as fast as they can be rolled off the truck. And it’s economical. The Pipemaster is completely self-contained and requires no external power source. Its rugged construction makes for years of trouble-free pipe unloading.



With Pipemaster concrete pipe unloaders, the truck driver can unload the pipe. There’s no need to wait for the contractor.The job site can be a very busy place. The contractor may have his equipment tied up installing pipe or in a location away from where pipe is being delivered. The Pipemaster solves those logistical problems by allowing the driver to unload the pipe. There’s no need to wait on the contractor’s equipment.


With Pipemaster concrete pipe unloaders your trucks can make more hauls per day, which means more pipe and more revenue.Since the Pipemaster allows the driver to unload the pipe, there’s no need to tightly schedule deliveries with the contractor. You can send trucks out early in the day to beat rush hour traffic and keep them on the road later in the day.Also, since job-site delays are eliminated, each haul takes less time. It all translates to more loads hauled per day.


By setting one simple control, pipe are just rolled to the unloader and automatically unloaded.One control sets the hydraulic system of the Pipemaster to unload any size of pipe within the capacity of the unloader. Just roll the pipe to the forks of the unloader. The Pipemaster automatically unloads the pipe and resets for the next pipe.There are no external power sources or hydraulic pumps to operate and maintain. The unloader utilizes hydraulic resistance to unload pipe with complete control.


The Pipemaster concrete pipe unloader requires no external power source, resulting in simple operation and maintenance.The Pipemaster utilizes hydraulic resistance to unload concrete pipe. This unique design requires no external hydraulic power. As a result, the Pipemaster can be easily used on any trailer equipped with a mounting rack.The Pipemaster’s hydraulic operating system simplifies maintenance and operation and withstands the rigors of concrete pipe transport and unloading.


The Pipemaster unloads nearly all the pipe sizes produced by the average plant. Models are available to unload pipe weighing as little as 100 lbs (45kg) up to pipe as large as 20,600 lbs (9344kg) and pipe up to 96” (2400mm) diameter. Special models are also available for drop deck trailers.


Robotically Unstack and Unload Pipe

RoboRoll mechanizes the entire concrete pipe unstacking and unloading process, including transporting the pipe to the rear-mounted concrete pipe unloader. A hydraulically powered carriage secures the pipe and transports it to the pipe unloader. There’s no need for the truck driver to bar, jack, or roll the pipe. Several available control packages allow the truck driver to unload pipe from the convenience and safety of the cab, or outdoors with remote radio controls. The RoboRoll is designed to mount to any flatbed trailer and is powered from a standard wet kit and 12V DC service.

System Benefits

Eliminates manual operations. The entire unloading process is mechanized. There’s no need to pry, jack, or roll pipe down the trailer to the unloader. The RoboRoll’s powered carrier quickly and safely transfers the pipe to the rear-mounted Pipemaster for unloading.
Unstacks vertical rows of pipe. Haul more pipe with each load. The RoboRoll can unstack and unload double or triple-stacked pipe. The RoboRoll’s variable speed carrier secures the pipe and creeps the lower pipe forward as the upper pipes gently unstack.
Efficiently unloads and places pipe. Available operating modes allow pipe to be closely stacked or strung out at the job site. Cab-mounted or radio-controls allow the truck driver to precisely and efficiently place pipe.

Two Operating Modes

Model JIC
The JIC operating mode allows pipe to be unloaded from the cab of the truck. All unstacking and unloading motions are controlled with cab-mounted controls. As pipe are unloaded, the driver can advance the truck and continue unloading without leaving the truck’s cab. Strategically placed cameras monitor the pipe rolling action and the area behind the trailer’s Pipemaster unloader.

Model RRC
To reduce equipment requirements, pipe can be robotically unloaded with remote radio controls instead of inside the cab. This provides the benefits of robotic pipe unloading at a lower investment cost. The driver operates the RoboRoll outside of the cab, with direct visibility of the unloading operation. With remote unloading, cameras are not required and unloaded pipe are manually chocked.