The Cary-Lift 254i material handler features an overhead lift-arm, designed to provide full front visibility when lifting or transporting loads. The machine’s forks also are capable of tilting down 90 degrees for specialized lifting tasks, such as unloading pipe from railroad gondola cars. The 254i, using a 225-horsepower Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 engine, has a maximum load capacity of 25,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 14 feet. The new model features four-wheel drive with two-wheel/four-wheel/crab steering modes. The short wheelbase, 12 feet, provides a turning radius of 23.5 feet.
The 254i has a non-articulating frame designed to allowing turning without sacrificing load capacity or stability, and hydraulic frame-sway control and side shift capability further stabilize loads by leveling the lifting frame when driving on uneven ground, says Pettibone. The sway cylinder moves 7 degrees both right and left of center. The operator cab features a sliding door, and cab features include dual joysticks, tilt/telescopic steering column, swiveling suspension seat, rearview camera, and 7-inch monitor. A quick-attach system accommodates fork frames, pipe and pole baler, log baler, scrap baler, and tire handler.