Half/Pack Automated Front loader

The most popular front load garbage truck for more than 50 years.

The Heil® Half/Pack® front load garbage truck body has consistently delivered proven performance in some of the most demanding collection environments imaginable, earning a loyal following of users who rely on its unmatched dependability and appreciate its lowest total cost of ownership.

Half/Pack Automated Front Loader with Curotto-Can

The Curotto-Can® Automated Carry Can has the fastest load time of any automated system on the market and delivers a proven 25% to 30% productivity advantage over automated side loaders. By using the robust reliability and additional capacity of a front loader, this carry can delivers game-changing performance that will enable you to service more customers, more quickly, in more applications.

Discover the benefits of an automated front loader

  • Fastest load time available — four to five seconds from wheel stop to wheel start.
  • 20% greater fuel efficiency due to less packing and idling.
  • Shorter wheelbases allow navigation through cul-de-sacs up to 25% faster
  • Eliminate cart loss and associated costs.
  • Eyes-forward operation enhances operator and public safety as well as reduces the risk of repetitive stress injuries.
  • Reduce contamination rates to less than 5%.
  • Having a uniformed front load fleet, requires fewer spare trucks and helps standardize your inventory.
  • Low 108″ cart dump height for safer operation — well below typical wires, trees and other overhead obstructions.
  • Load bulk material with easier access to container waste and eliminate the need for a chase truck.
  • Convert any commercial front loader to a residential collection unit in minutes.
Heil Half Pack frontload residential garbage truck with curotto can

Half/Pack Automated Front Loader Standard Features

Fully-enclosed up to 19″ from the bottom of the hopper floor, to the bottom of the arc-sensor opening. This reduces the chance of waste water escaping from the body onto the chassis components.

The interlaced subframe provides exceptional strength and durability, which means your Half/Pack front loader will enjoy a long lifespan and excellent resale value.

High tensile strength steel withstands the exceptional forces of the compaction cycle and ensures maximum payloads. Our exclusive double-wall hopper reduces corrosion, which increases long-term durability.

The scrapers help to minimize ingestion of material, such as paint, melted plastic, and leachate into the hydraulic system. This reduces the chance of objects entering the cylinder seal and causing damage.

Use of zinc-plated hydraulic tubes reduces hydraulic leak-causing corrosion, lessening the frequency with which components need to be replaced over the life of the body. This reduces maintenance and downtime costs.

Durable covers protect tubes and hoses from damage, resulting in less maintenance.

Elevated packer and eject tracks keeps them from operating in abrasive debris or corrosive leachate. Heavy-duty wear strips are a standard feature.

Standard backup assist lights mounted on the body help to illuminate your surroundings while in reverse.

Easy to read and understand touch button body, packer, pump and lighting controls with indicator lights come standard.

The Heil in-cab operated tailgate locking system not only keeps payloads secure but also enables the operator to unlock and open the tailgate and discharge the payload from the safety of the cab. In-cab, on display notifications confirm when the tailgate is sealed.

Standard 7″ In-Sight display provides real-time feedback, as well as optimal operator control. The operator can look to one place for all needed body information. Also, the In-Sight display offers maintenance personnel the ability to quickly and easily diagnose problems away from outside hazards and weather. 3rd Eye® Camera feeds are also integrated into the display, thus eliminating the need for a separate camera monitor, freeing up line of sight and cab space.

The Half/Pack features our Service Smart design, which simplifies routine maintenance and helps keep your asset out of the shop and on route – servicing your customers.

Our exclusive “clean front head” relocates the hydraulic body valve from the front head to under the side of the body. This design reduces the influence of engine heat on the hydraulic components, as well as improving access to the valve bodies. This also means improved safety and reliability, all while reducing downtime.

The use of tamper-proof in-cylinder and arc sensors seamlessly gauge component locations for effortless control. This eliminates proximity switches that previously required frequent adjustment and maintenance, resulting in less downtime and maintenance costs.

THE POWER OF Connected collections

Fleets face continued frustration around their ability to connect with their customers. Fleet owners need better tools to communicate with their drivers – to ensure customer needs are met – while also ensuring they are operating efficiently… and safely. Introducing Connected Collections from Environmental Solutions Group companies, Soft-Pak®, Heil, and 3rd Eye. Together, we’ve developed Connected Collections to help fleet owners make better decisions faster.

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Freightliner Econic Cabover front load garbage truck with Half Pack body

Available with articulating arms for EconicSD chassis

The newly integrated Heil Half/Pack body with Freightliner EconicSD chassis is now available in a commercial front load package. This exclusive offering provides the proven Half/Pack with Odyssey® Controls as a standard feature, and delivers a level of performance and smooth operation that no one can duplicate. The new articulating arm design maintains the industry standard 13′ 6″ maximum stowed arm height, and can operate automatically so the driver can simply carry on as usual without having to learn a new method of dumping.

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  • Body Weight: 15,620 – 17,220 lbs.
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  • Body Weight: 16,300 – 17,100 lbs.
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  • Body Weight: 15,000 – 15,800 lbs.


Connect your refuse fleet for service verification, body/chassis data, fuel tax reporting, and route management. Includes factory installed 3rd Eye Mobile, Radar System, and the ability to connect up to eight cameras.

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CNrG Tailgate

The optional CNrG® tailgate allows for long-range haul, features proven durability, and offers a lower overall height CNG fuel delivery system.


Optional rodent-resistant wiring harnesses are completely encapsulated in woven loom, greatly reducing down time from chewed wires.


Saves four seconds in dump cycle time. Optional package lessens container dump times by up to five seconds per dump cycle.

Delivering The Lowest Total Cost of Collection (TCC)

Lowest Total Cost of Collection (TCC)

The ultra-efficient Half/Pack provides unbeatable productivity to lower your TCC.
Can add up to:

$97,420 Savings

Over the lifetime of the truck


Decreased cycle time increases productivity.
Can add up to:

$8,600 Savings

Over the lifetime of the truck

Enhanced Improvements

Reduced proximity switches and grease locations, which result in less maintenance costs.
Can add up to:

$10,330 Savings

Over the lifetime of the truck

CNrG CNG Tailgate

Removable valve cover plates allow for quick and easy access, which reduces maintenance costs.
Can add up to:

$20,600 Savings

Over the lifetime of the truck

Zinc Plated Hydraulic Tubes

Reduces maintenance and downtime costs.
Can add up to:

$9,750 Savings

Over the lifetime of the truck

Nexteligence Garbage Truck Technician Training Program

Nexteligence® Connected-Tech Training, where knowledge and technology meet. Designed to increase the knowledge and capabilities of Service Technicians for the Heil Product Line.

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