2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Forklift-Mounted Trailer Mover
“The Quick Spotter lets you move a trailer into place and then quickly slide the forks out to use them loading the trailer or for other jobs,” says Jerald Schlabach, inventor of the Quick Spotter. “We designed it with multiple hitch types for the most popular and common types of trailers.”
Schlabach initially made and marketed the Quick Spotter as the Trailer Mover. He recently turned over manufacturing and distribution of the 57-in. long by 33-in. wide by 16 3/4-in. tall device to Norden Manufacturing. It is made from 3/16-in. thick mild steel and has a lift capacity of 5,100 lbs. They rebranded it and are selling it for $950 plus shipping.
“With the Quick Spotter there is no need to get on and off to lock it on the forks,” says Glendon Kuhns, Norden Manufacturing.
Choose from a clevis pin hitch or any one of three ball sizes, 1 7/8-in., 2-in. or 2 5/16-in. for bumper hitch trailers. A gooseneck hitch ball is centered on the mover. The Quick Spotter even offers storage for an extra pin.
“The Quick Spotter makes it easy to get under the jack on heavy deck-over, bumper-pull trailers,” says Schlabach. “Centering the load between the forks adds stability to moving a loaded trailer.”
Schlabach designed the mover for use at his pallet company. He notes that it is a safer alternative to simply drilling a hole in a fork and installing a ball.
“Drilling a hole in a fork weakens it and can cause it to bend,” says Schlabach. “OSHA has a rule against it for that reason.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jerald Schlabach, 1858 County Rd. 1300 E, Sullivan, Ill. 61951 (ph 217-543-3555); or Norden Manufacturing, 4210 Kinsman Rd. NW, North Bloomfield, Ohio 44450 (ph 877-296-5851; www.nordenmfg.com).
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