Towards the end of 2014, at our busiest time of year, our old sideloader was causing us many a headache. The constant strain of lifting extreme weights of hardwood timber had taken its toll. With the increasing cost of repairs and down time it became obvious that we must upgrade this essential piece of equipment.
Our MD Tony starting to lift several boards of black walnut timber
The walnut boards quickly and smoothly lifted to almost full height
Our new sidetracker arrived this morning - and what a beauty it is. Made in the UK (hurrah!), it has all-hydraulic drives and can lift a whopping 2,700kg at full height. It has smaller wider forks which offer more control over the load and are well-suited to lifting our long lengths of timber.
The lovely Jim outside on the sidetracker
Unlike our old sideloader, it can be used both inside and outside - perfect for offloading our timber deliveries. Throughout the day all the lads received training on the sidetracker - even when the weather took a turn for the worse.
Tom on the sidetracker receiving training from Bruce
Tom demonstrating just how hardy we are in Yorkshire!