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Remote-Controlled Lift Platform For Pickups
"It lets you load up at ground level and then lift the load into the pickup bed safely and easily," says Ron DePue, Homestead Tractor, about his company's new remote-controlled lift platform for pickups.
  The "Super Deck" is designed for half-ton pickups or larger that have an 8-ft. bed. It consists of a 56-in. wide diamond tread steel platform and a steel frame that bolts to the pickup bed. The back end of the platform is fitted with a pair of small wheels. A single hydraulic cylinder is used to lift the platform off the pickup bed floor. The platform rotates back at a 45 degree angle until the wheels contact the ground and then rolls out flat on the ground for easy loading. Straps are used to secure the load in place as it's being raised or lowered.
  The unit is powered by a hydraulic power pack that operates off the pickup's battery. To operate it, you use a remote control that's equipped with a single push button.
  "It eliminates manual lifting of loads up to 2,000 lbs.," says DePue. "Works great for hauling snowmobiles, ATV's, motorcycles, small tractors, tires, big barrels, seed bags, etc. The entire unit weighs 700 lbs."
  DePue says it takes about one hour to install the subframe, which requires drilling two holes in the pickup bed. When you need to remove the unit, you just lower the platform to the ground and unbolt the subframe. "The wheels on back of the platform can be removed by pulling a pin. They can be stored under the deck where they're out of the way," notes DePue.
  Sells for $3,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Homestead Tractor, 22311 Bear Valley Rd., Apple Valley, Calif. 92308 (ph 760 240-1610; fax 760 240-1126; Website: www.hstsales.com).

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1