There really are no application specific Donkeys. It would be difficult to point to a Donkey and say "that one's best for brick or that one's best for sod or that one's best for roofing". It would make our job a lot easier. But dealing with reality is rarely easy. Each application is unique. For example, say two companies handle sod. One stacks their sod flat on pallets and the other wraps the sod into big rolls. Unloading the pallets from a truck requires about 60" of lift but the rolls require 80". The palleted sod is stacked on narrow pallets and weighs about 2500 pounds. The rolled sod is lifted two rolls at a time, with a combined weight of about 4200 pounds.
Palleted Sod Donkey: D12-3K (3000 pound capacity), 70" lift height, single stage mast and 53" load spacing.
Rolled Sod Donkey: M12-5K (5000 pound capacity), 88" lift height, single stage mast and 68" load spacing.
Both Donkeys operate in a sod application but are configured in completely different ways.
These differences don't just apply to sod applications. Similar examples exist for every application. To find the best Donkey configuration for your application, read through the rest of this page and then contact your local dealer.
The Donkey is an extremely versatile truck carried forklift. It is designed to lift and move materials. Whether you're moving sod, brick or pallets, it really doesn't matter to the Donkey. What does matter is that you get the best configuration for your particular application. This page will guide you through the features of the Donkey so you can find the ideal set up for handling your product.
Selecting the right load capacity is the most important part of configuring your Donkey. The Donkey comes in three load capacities - 3,000 pounds, 4,000 pounds and 5,000 pounds. Keep in mind, Donkeys with more load capacity tend to weigh more than the Donkeys with less load capacity. Lighter Donkeys translate into larger payloads on the truck and more profit (they generally cost less too)!
Truck mounted forklifts are primarily used for unloading a truck or trailer. This usually means the forklift only needs to lift high enough to remove the load from the top of the deck. Any more height and your wasting money and adding unnecessary weight to the forklift and your load. The Donkey has lift heights ranging from 67" to 144".
An important aspect of lift height is down height. High lift masts are also taller when lowered. The Donkey offers a single stage mast as standard equipment. This mast is simple, lightweight, easy to maintain and inexpensive. Optionally, a two stage mast is available. It has more parts than the single stage so it is heavier and costs a bit more. The advantage of the two stage over the single stage is lower down height for a given lift height. If down height is critical in your application, consider a two stage mast.
To unload a truck or trailer, the Donkey's forks must extend beyond it's front tires. All Donkeys come standard with scissor reach that does just that. Standard reach is suitable for unloading from the near side of the truck. The optional 44" or 56" reach allow the forks to extend across the truck bed for single side unloading. This can be important if many deliveries are made on busy streets. The forklift can unload the entire truck from the curb side and stay out of traffic.
Ideally, the load your are handling will fit within the load spacing of the Donkey. This allows you to carry the load in the safest and most stable position - low and behind the front wheel. A unique feature of the Donkey is the ability to specify the optimal load spacing for your application. Load spacing ranges from 53" to 68". Narrower load spacing translates into a narrower overall width for the Donkey. A few extra inches can mean the difference between fitting through a gate and not.
Options such as, tires, forks and more will complete your Donkey and make it perform perfectly in your application.
See the products page for available options.
Now that you have an idea of how to configure your Donkey, contact your area dealer.
Okay, there are two application specific Donkeys - one for handling bees and one for handling storage containers. These models were developed at the request of our customers to stretch the capabilities of the Donkey. The variations used on these Donkeys could be applied to other applications, as well. So even though we identify these models by their application, they're just standard Donkeys with special options.
Do you have a unique application? Have us take a look at your needs and maybe we'll name a Donkey after you.