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Rough Terrain Forklift
The Hummerbee rough terrain forklift was originally designed to move beehives, but other uses keep cropping up. A combination wheel loader and forklift, it has 4-WD and an oscillating, articulating frame for maximum maneuverability.
  “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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