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New Fork Lift For Pickups
If you've considered buying a fork lift or similar equipment, you may want to look into a new towable lift that hitches to the front of your pickup and is rigged for over-the-road travel. "It can lift 1,500 lbs. up to 12 ft. high, enough for many jobs around the farm, including moving big round bales," says lift designer, William Blackwood, Shingle Springs, Cal. "Equipped with a man lift, the unit can even be used as a scaffold for painting and building. New uses are cropping up every day."
The hydraulic lift is completely self-contained, with a 30-amp overnight charger for the heavy duty 12volt golf cart batteries that power it. It hooks to a hitch mounted permanently on your pickup. The pickup's engine doesn't have to be running but will charge the batteries when turned on. Even without daytime charging, we raise and lower a 1500 lb. load 230 times.
"The best thing about this lift is that all lifted weight is on the lift and not on the truck's suspension," Blackwood told FARM SHOW. The fork lift pulls behind the truck on the road, and pushes in front of the truck for work. Dolly-type wheels automatically follow movement of the truck's front wheels. The unit can also be disconnected from the truck and operated as a free-standing scaffold. The fork tilts 10? backward and 5? forward.
The unit is made to mount on all Ford, GMC and Dodge pickups and, although recommended for 3/4 ton trucks, will work on 1/2 ton models. Hitches are also available for adapting the unit to certain makes of tractors.
Cost is right at $5,500. First production units slated to be out in late July.
For more details, contact Pickup Lift Co., P.O. Box 165 Shingle Springs, Cal 95682 (Ph. 916-622-7799).

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