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He Mounts Forklifts On Farm Tractors
"I've sold more than 150 of them. Farmers tell me they're one of the most useful tools they own," says Warren Zelhart, Beaverville, Ill., who adapts industrial forklift masts to tractor 3-pt. hitches.
Zelhart buys up used or junked forklifts from industrial equipment dealers. Some-times he can buy just the mast itself. Other times, he buys the whole machine and junks everything except the mast. Recently he bought 61 brand new forklift masts from a manufacturer who had too much inventory.
The heavy-duty 2 and 3 stage units lift loads up as high as 20 ft., depending on the model. They fit any Cat II hitch and operate off a single hydraulic outlet. He can also fit the lift with an adapter that'll tip the mast forward and back.
"You can lift as much as 3 tons down low to the ground. If you've got a heavy enough tractor, they' 11 raise 1,800 lbs. or more to top height," says Zelhart. He makes a bale spear that mounts between the forks for handling round bales. The forks go under the bale and the spear keeps it from rolling off.
Zelhart sells his forks for $600 to $1,000, depending on the model.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Warren Zelhart, Rt. 1, Box 41, Beaverville, Ill. 60912 (ph 815 435-2286).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #1