Skid-Lift LLC, Fargo, N.D., has introduced a 20-ft. (platform height) scissor-lift attachment for skid-steer loaders and compact tracked lifts.
The Skid-Lift’s platform measures 30”x78” and can hold 1,000 lbs. Deploying the 18-in. slide-out deck extends the platform to 30”x96”. When the deck is deployed, the Skid-Lift’s capacity is 500 lbs. on the deck and 500 lbs. on the platform, for a total of 1,000 lbs.
Conceived and engineered by Skid-Lift LLC president, Guy Nelson, the patented Skid-Lift has been tested to all applicable ANSI and ISO standards, including the ability to work in winds up to 27 mph.
The lift works with any skid-steer or compact tracked loader that has an auxiliary hydraulic circuit.
It can be mounted either lengthwise or perpendicularly to the loader. It has fork pockets, connects to the host machine’s attachment connector, and gets hydraulic power from the host machine’s auxiliary hydraulic circuit. Two or three hydraulic quick connectors make hooking up quick and easy.
For operation, four manually deployed, out-and-down outriggers support and level the Skid-Lift for a stable operating base. An option lets the scissor stack tilt as much as 4° left or right for final positioning. A bubble level is provided in the platform.
The controls are simple, reliable, full-pressure hydraulic valves that control flow from the host machine’s auxiliary hydraulic circuit to raise and lower the platform. Controls, including an emergency lowering valve, are located both in the platform and at the base.
The Skid-Lift weighs just 1,700 to 2,100 lbs., depending on options, so a skid-steer loader or compact tracked lift can carry it through soft or soggy ground to reach work sites. “Users have told us that a tracked loader can get carry the Skid-Lift to sites where a self-propelled rough-terrain lift can’t travel,” said Nelson.
“This unit will go anywhere my Bobcat will go. On our old [self-propelled] unit, we had to lay down plywood to get anywhere with it on soft ground, what a pain,” says Brad Johnson of Johnson Farms, Fergus Falls, Minn.
“By eliminating expensive components, such as pumps, hydraulic drive motors, wheels, and batteries used on stand-alone scissor lifts, Skid-Lift provides a lower cost of entry and ownership,” said Nelson. The 20-ft. Skid-Lift reportedly costs about 40% as much as a 26-ft. self-propelled lift.
Skid-Lift LLC backs the unit with a one-year warranty.
“We are excited to bring Skid-Lift to market. It represents years of design and engineering work that delivers convenience and a major cost savings to skid steer owners and rental stores,” said Nelson.
The Skid-Lift is available for purchase now.
Norwood Sales, Horace, N.D., is distributing the Skid-Lift through some 800 dealers nationwide. Norwood is also providing parts support for the units.