2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Toy Forklift Makes Work Fun For Kids
“The idea behind it is to turn work into play for 6 to 12-year-olds,” says Norman Stoltzfus, who markets the forklift designed by his brother, Ben Stoltzfus.
Ben made one for his son a couple years ago and then Norman made one for his son, too. The boys, 8 and 10 years old, use the forklifts to help with chores such as hauling harvested potatoes and corn from the garden.
The aluminum forklift has 24-in. tines and a bracket that bolts to the wagon about 2 1/2-3 in. off the ground. It adjusts for different model wood and steel wagons. The operator stands in the wagon to crank the forks up and down up to 2 1/2 ft. The forklift comes with a 20 by 24-in. pallet to hold boxes or items.
“We’re hoping to do wholesale to go into stores - probably mostly for Plain communities,” Stoltzfus says. He is still working on pricing, but estimates it will be about $320.
He also hopes to add an 18-volt motorized option to operate the forklift using a cordless tool battery. There may also be attachments like a snowplow. The business that manufactures the forklift may also make mini tractors to mount the forklift on.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Norman Stoltzfus, 8980 Rt. 25, Spring Glen, Penn. 17978 (ph 717 365-0985).
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