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Portable Stairlift Can Be Moved By Skid Steer
The AgrAbility organization in Ohio works with injured or ill farmers, as well as those who are slowed down by age and conditions like arthritis. They get many of their ideas from the people they serve and then make them available to farmers and ranchers who come to them looking for help.
Randy Joseph, Rural Rehabilitation Supervisor with the Ohio AgrAbility Program, recently sent FARM SHOW photos of an idea he came up with for a local disabled farmer - a 10-ft. tall portable metal stairway that can be quickly moved around using a skid loader with forks. The welded-together stairway has expanded metal steps with 3-ft. high railings, and a large platform on top with open sides protected by snap-on chains.
The stairway has horizontal cross bars on both sides about 3 ft. from the bottom. The driver places the skid loader forks under the cross bars, then raises the stairway and drives to wherever itís needed.
ďA local fabricator built the stairway, but unfortunately the farmer passed away recently before he could even use it,Ē says Joseph. ďItís a handy idea that anyone could use, especially if they need a stairway that doesnít take up room permanently. This farmer stored small square bales in haylofts at both ends of his barn. There wasnít enough room for a permanent stairway, so my idea was to move the stairway in sideways alongside the hay loft and then walk onto it.Ē
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Randy Joseph, Rural Rehabilitation Supervisor, Ohio AgrAbility Program, 2901 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 (rjoseph@eastersealsgc.org; or Twitter @ohioagribility).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6