1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Lift For WheelchairsIf you or anyone you know is confined to a wheelchair but still runs a farm, you'll be interested in the new "Freedom Lift" - the most sophisticated and useful wheelchair handler we've ever seen.
Manufactured in Canada after two years of computer design and prototype work, the lift was conceived by Freedom Technologies Incorporated with the help of the Saskatchewan Handicapped Farmers Association, who were asked to imagine the perfect lifting device for wheelchair fanners. What they came up with is a lift that provides access to any farm machine, eliminating the need to alter each new piece of equipment.
Mounts in the back of a 1/2-ton or larger pickup. Rotates 180? and reaches out 11 ft. and up as high as 7 ft., 8 in. It has a platform big enough to accommodate any size wheel-chair and is operated by platform-mounted toggle switches or a carry-along radio re-mote control. No outside assistance needed.
"It reaches up to the driver's side of the pickup, so you can get right on without getting out of the truck, and lifts you up to the tractor, combine or other equipment. For transport, it folds down into the back of the truck. The smooth hydraulic operation of the lift allows for infinite movement and delicate maneuvering," says Howard Derksen, general manager, noting that the lift has its own self contained electric-powered hydraulic unit that mounts in the bed and runs off the pickup 12-volt battery.
Sells for $18,800 (Canadian) and fits all makes of pickups without modification.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Freedom Technologies Inc., 2104E St. George
Ave., Saskatoon, Sask. S7M 0K7 (ph 306 244-1508; fax 306 934-2553).
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