2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rough Terrain Forklift
“Beekeepers use it to move hives around orchards and fields without tearing up fields like skid steer loaders can do,” says Brian Kulling, A&O Forklift. “They’ve become popular with nurseries as well, and this year we started selling some to scrap yards. They work great anywhere there’s rough terrain and you need a forklift.”
A&O founder Dean Voss needed a machine to handle his apiary business of up to 3,000 hives. He started out modifying Swinger mini-wheel loaders, first for himself and then for others. Demand for his machines outgrew the apiary business, so he sold his hives. Since then, A&O started manufacturing its own machines and sells them in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Central and South America.
The Hummerbee comes in three models, including 2-WD and 4-WD. The 4-WD Turbo XL has a 42 hp, 3-cyl. diesel, 2-speed hydraulic transmission and a 21 gpm hydraulic pump with 2,000-lb. lift. The single speed, 2-WD XT has a 26 hp engine with a 12 gpm hydraulic pump delivering 1,200 lb. lift capacity. The intermediate XL features a 35 hp engine, single speed transmission, 21 gpm pump with a 1,600-lb. lift and 4-WD.
Hydraulic wheel motors power the wheels, and all three come standard with a 10-ft., 6-in. mast.
The forklifts are priced in the mid $30,000 range with the average unit running $35,000. The Turbo XL starts at $34,500. Options include a 12-ft. mast upgrade, hydraulic scales, counterweights, grill guards and multiple lighting kits. Swing away light brackets are available for getting into tight spaces.
The company also makes an 8,000-lb. flex axle trailer for hauling the Hummerbee. It has a hydraulic tilt bed.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, A&O Forklift, 200 Quicksilver Ln., Edmore, Mich. 48829 (ph toll free 800 943-8677; www.hummerbee.com).
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