Lift Truck Provides Exceptional Maneuverability

March 3, 2018
Pettibone's cary-lift features dual joysticks provides intuitive control of the hydraulics for lifting, tilting and reaching simultaneously.

Purpose-built to deliver numerous safety and performance benefits over other material handling alternatives, the Cary-Lift 254i is particularly adept at moving and placing heavy pipe in stock yards and construction sites. It features a unique overhead lift arm design, giving the operator full front visibility when lifting or transporting loads – a sharp contrast to the lift arms on wheel loaders, which are located directly in front of the vehicle. Additionally, Cary-Lift forks are capable of tilting down 90-deg. for specialized lifting tasks, such as unloading pipe from railroad gondola cars. The 254i is powered by a 225HP Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 diesel engine with DOC and SCR aftertreatment.


The unit includes an engine-driven fan, cooling package and engine block heater as standard equipment. The machine provides a maximum load capacity of 25,000 pounds and max lift height of 14 ft. Offering 4-wheel drive with 2 and 4-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes – and with the wheelbase limited to just 12 ft – the 254i can achieve a turning radius of 23 ft, 6 in.


Unlike forward-reaching articulated loaders, the Cary-Lift’s heavy-duty, solid steel frame design allows it to take full loads into sharp turns without sacrificing load capacity or stability. Hydraulic frame sway control and side shift capabilities further stabilize loads by leveling the lifting frame when driving on uneven ground. The sway cylinder moves 7-deg. both right and left of center.


A sliding door offers quick access to the comfortable operator cab, which includes a tilt/telescopic steering column and a swiveling, adjustable suspension seat with seat belt, padded armrests and lumbar support. Dual joysticks provide intuitive controls to efficiently shift gears and control the hydraulics. Large tinted safety glass windows and a rear-view camera with 7-in. display are standard. A quick attach system increases the machine’s versatility, with fork frames, pipe and pole baler, log baler, scrap baler and tire handler all available as attachments.

Overall Height12' 7" (384 cm) - carrying position
19' 4" (589 cm) - max raised positionFork Length60" (152 cm) standard, others availableGround Clearance17" (43 cm)Wheel Base12' (366 cm)Overall Length26' 5" (805 cm) - carrying position
32' (975 cm) - at max reachOverall Width10' 6" (320 cm)Total Operating Weight53,500 lb. (24,267 kg)