Heavy Hauling & Rigging

Heavy Machinery Moving & Rigging

Used Large Capacity Forklifts

There are many forklift brands and a wide variety of capacities. However, when it comes to the rigging and heavy moving world, there are only a handful of fork truck companies.  Major brands are CAT, Royal, Taylor, Towmotor, Versa-Lift, Hoist, Riggers, Riggers Special and maybe a handful of others.  Hyster sold many air tired forklifts commonly used by riggers.  In fact, many from the 1970’s are still in use.  I recall using our Hyster 460 for years all the way until my father retired from the moving business.  Used large capcity forklifts for sale have become harder and harder to find because of the economy picking up.

Common rigging capacities for forklifts are 15,000lb to 120,000lb.  Right now, the most common size is 30,000lb to 60,000lb capacity.   The high demand for these machines has made the used market dry up.  Auctions for larger forklifts haven’t really been that good for those hoping to get a deal.  We’ve seen prices go sky high, when the reality of it is that the prices from a used forklift dealer would have been less.  The most sought after brand, at this point, is Versa-Lift forklift.  They can get around in tight  spots with high capacity abilities because of the extending rear counter weight.  Because of the popularity of Versa-Lift forklifts, they are very hard to find used. If you do find them used, they can sometimes be priced higher than new cost. This is because there is a 2 year waiting list for these machines at the date of this writing. Of course, there are other brands that now have extending counter weights. Hoist makes one now.

More forklifts can be found at: s3.amazonaws.com/used1/AM/affordable-machinery.com/index-2.html

30000lb Cat Forklift For Sale 2

Used Hydraulic Gantry Systems For Sale

Hydraulic Gantry Cranes are one of those things that nearly every rigging and moving company needs in stock.  On the flip side, they many not be used all of the time.  The fastest way around that is to rent the gantry system out to other riggers or companies.  Generally, it’s a good idea to have your company name and contact info on the lifting beams, power unit and each jack.  Frequently, companies take pictures of their projects and post them online.  This will give you a little bit of free advertising.  After all, you never know who might be looking at the picture.  One of the biggest hurdles to ownership is the up front cost to buy a system.  You may want to consider buying a used hydraulic gantry system.

In speaking with David Dimond of Affordable Machinery, LLC in Michigan, he says a used machine can cost 50% less than buying new.  However, he also reminded us that, 50% off new would likely be an older machine.  A newer locking system in good shape may run you 65% to 70% of new cost.  Still, that can equate to a huge discount.

(Do you want to contact Affordable Machinery?  affordable-machinery.com/)

There are several brands out there; J&R Engineering, Riggers Manufacturing, Lift Systems, Enerpac and even a few shop made systems.  They basically break down into two categories; exposed cylinder and locking system type.  The most desirable hydraulic gantry systems are the locking system type.  This also means they are harder to find used and much more expensive when you find one.  The open or exposed hydraulic cylinder type are more common and are therefore less money.

When looking a buying a used gantry, don’t be surprised if each tower has banged up and chipped paint.  Often times chains and lifting equipment get banged up against them.  While it doesn’t look good, chipped paint isn’t an indication of the units overall quality.  Of course, you may want to paint your gantry so it looks good when out on a job.

Be sure to get the specifications.  Make sure it will lift as high as you need and what weights at what heights.  You may also want to consider a dead section.  This will allow you to lift heavier loads higher by not having the gantry fully extended.  Or simply lift higher in total by having the dead section.  Also think about if it’s self powered.  Older units maybe fixed or need to be pushed or pulled by another vehicle.  This can make for a herky-jerky, if not stressful, procedure.  Some older units use a hydraulic push pull system to move the towers.  The most desirable are systems that each jack can move themselves.

Well, there it is.  Hopefully that gives you a little insight on buying a used hydraulic gantry system.

500 Ton Verson Straight Side Press For Sale

Verson Straight Side Press For Sale – Used

Year 1995
Model L4-500-108-72T
Capacity 500 Tons
Bed and Slide Area 108″ x 72″
Stroke 24″
Slide Adjustment 27″
Shut Height to Bed 76″ ( 52″ over bolster plate )
Speed 6 to 20 SPM variable
Equipped with: Air Clutch and Brake, Air Counterbalances, Cushions

DESPATCH Oven For Sale Industrial Powder Coating Heat Treat

DESPATCH Oven For Sale Industrial Powder Coating Heat Treat

Model LADI-42H
Max Temp 650 F
Voltage 208/240
Phase 1
Hertz 60
AMPS 18/16
Heat Power 3000 watts
Serial No 100583
Inside dimensions measures it 20″ x 20″ x 18″ deep 


15500lb Hyster S155XL Forklift For Sale

15500lb Hyster S155XL Forklift For Sale

Capacity 15,500 lbs
Model 155XL
Fuel Propane
Triple Stage mast
Monotrol Transmission
Does NOT include clamp

Schmid Orbital Forge For Sale

Schmid Orital Forging Press For Sale

  • Year 1983
  • Type 10-T200
  • Notes: The press has been cannibalized and only the press is available, no related equipment such as hyd. pump, tank ,control panel.

Bolster Plates For Sale – Several Sizes

Bolster Plates

  • Top In Picture: 168″ x 84″ x 4″ – $10,500.00 – NO T-Slots
  • Middle In Picture: 180″ x 102″ x 4″ – $19,500.00
  • Bottom In Picture: 180″ x 108″ x 13″ – $29,500.00

Bolster Plates – 132″ x 84″ x 4″ – For Sale (Two Available)

Bolster Plates

  • 132″ x 84″ x 4″
  • Two Available

1,300 Ton Capacity Ajax Forging Presses For Sale

1,300 Ton Capacity Ajax Forging Presses

  • 3 Available
  • Years: 1986, 1987, 1996
  • Prices:
    • 1986: $225,000.00
    • 1987: $600,000.00
    • 1996: $750,000.00


55,000lb Capacity Taylor Die / Burden Carrier

55,000lb Capacity Taylor Die / Burden Carrier

  • Capacity: 55,000lbs @ 51″ Load Center from Bump Plate
  • Model: PT-550
  • Engine: Diesel Cummins Tier II Turbo
  • Year: 2010 and 2012 (Two Available)
  • Bed Area: 100″ x 48″
  • Bed Lower Height: 11.5″
  • Maximum Bed Height: 13.5″
  • Overall Dimensions: 187″ Long x 67″ Wide x 90″ to Operator Seat
  • Ground Clearance: 3″
  • Not Equipped With:
    • Push Pulls
  • Cost New: $303,000 EACH
  • Asking Price: Only $17,500 EACH

90,000lb Model R90 Rigger Lift For Sale

90,000lb Model R90 Rigger Lift

  • Capacity: 90,000lbs
  • Year: 2012
  • Model: R90
  • Includes:
    • Boom
    • Boom Stand
    • Counterweights
  • Serial: 0911-R90-009

2007 Kalyn Siebert 3-Axle Sliding Axle Trailer For Sale (Two Available)

2007 Kalyn Siebert 3-Axle Sliding Axle Trailer

  • Year: 2007
  • Axles: 3 Sliding Axles
  • Length: 53′
  • Capacity: 55 Ton
  • Tires: Good
  • Run-Off Wet Kit
  • Two Available
  • Note: Price is EACH

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