Pettibone Rough Terrain Forklifts Lead Industry with Forward Reach
Since the 1950s, Pettibone has been one of the world's leading, most innovative rough terrain forklift manufacturers. They hold the unique distinction as being the first company to produce a rough terrain machine capable of forward reach, according to information provided by the manufacturer.
Since that time, they have continued this commitment to the latest technology, expanding their product line to include four unique series:
|Pettibone Model Specs|
|Model||Max Lift Capacity (Tires)||Max Lift Capacity (Hi-Rail)||Max Lift Height||Max Forward Reach||Turning Radius||Boom Rotation||Estimated Cost|
|Traverse T736||7,000 lbs.||-||36' 2"||29' 10"||12' 6"||-||$16,000 - $25,000|
|Traverse T1157||11,000 lbs.||-||56' 6"||48' 9"||13'||-||$80,000 - $95,000|
|Cary-Lift 154||15,000 lbs. (retracted); 10,000 lbs. (extended)||-||12'||10' 6"||20'||-||$125,000|
|Cary-Lift 304||30,000 lbs. (retracted); 15,000 lbs. (extended)||-||14'||10' 1"||25' 5"||-||$135,000|
|Extendo 736||7,000 lbs.||-||36'||24'||12' 6"||-||$30,000 - $170,000|
|Extendo 1157||11,000 lbs.||-||57'||42' 1"||12' 6"||-||$50,000 - $129,000|
|Speed Swing 445E||10,000 lbs. (front); 8,000 lbs. (side)||10,000 lbs. (front); 5,400 lbs. (side)||-||-||-||180°||$50,000 - $129,000|
|Speed Swing 360||15,000 lbs. (front); 12,000 lbs. (side)||15,000 lbs. (front); 8,000 lbs. (side)||-||-||-||360°||$62,000 - $275,000|
- Cary-Lift: 154, 204, 254, 304, 304 (Tire Handler)
- Extendo: 736, 744, 936, 944, 1144, 1157, 1530
- Traverse: T736, T744, T936, T944, T1157
- Speed Swing: 445E, 360
All total, Pettibone currently produces 19 unique models. Specs and estimated cost on a couple within each category include:
Tailored to fit, and made in the U.S.A.
Pettibone rough terrain forklifts are manufactured in the United States at their facility in Michigan - a commitment derived from their stated goals of "improved fit for individual parts" resulting in "extended longevity" and performance for the machine as a whole.
Further citing a commitment to the specific needs of their customers, Pettibone routinely solicits information to continuously improve upon the performance of their rough terrain military forklifts, construction models, and similar products. The end result of these surveys can be found in the precision of their hydraulic boom placements, added strength to the axle, and extended cab visibility.
But as you'll notice in the graph above, these aren't the only things that set Pettibone apart. Epitomizing the very definition of rough terrain, their machines carry massive amounts of weight (up to 30,000 pounds in some instances), provide boom rotation, and offer extended maneuverability through hi-rail operation.
Some of the specialized features available within each line include:
- Cary-Lift: Right-hand and left-hand joystick controls allow for easy, standard operation. Powered by a Cummins QSB 6.7-liter, 190 hp engine, machines in the Cary-Lift series are able to maintain their max lift capacity even in a full turn. Plus, the design of the overhead lift arm and a 90-degree fork tilt down provide safe operation through continuous visibility, even while loaded.
- Extendo: Modern single joystick control applies simplicity and performance to all boom functions. Featuring four-wheel drive and two-wheel, four-wheel, and crab steering, maneuverability and size are two of the top benefits, reportedly enabling the driver to navigate an Extendo machine under an 8-foot doorway. And with the rear-axle stabilization system, a Cummins 110 hp, Tier III, turbo diesel engine, and quick connect for attachments, operational efficiency is literally in the palm of your hand.
- Traverse: Featuring automatic fork leveling and two wide-stance, heavy-duty lift cylinders, the Traverse line is an all-in-one machine. Designed for precision, the 70" horizontal boom travel enables precise placement of objects, both large and small. And the Cummins 110 hp, Tier III, turbo diesel engine combines with a completely modulated Carraro powershift transmission, producing four work speeds and enabling the driver to adapt to any terrain.
- Speed Swing: One of the more innovative products on the market, the Speed Swing series allows work both on and off the rails. Providing extended maneuverability within a limitless range of work environments, it features up to 360° of continuous boom rotation and a ROPS/FOPS tiltable cab that simplifies service and maintenance through easy access. In addition to hi-rail operation, the machines in this series are fitted with four-wheel outboard dry disc brakes that provide safety and reliability at speed and within a variety of work conditions.
Notable telehandler attachments
Considering the extended range of weight a Pettibone machine will support when fully extended, it opens the door to some unique attachments, including: