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Liftking heeds the advice of its customers and launches its new rough-terrain forklift trucks with John Deere power



When Liftking set out to develop new rough-terrain forklift trucks for the agricultural industry, it drove to the orchards and fields, gathered pallets of farmer feedback, and unloaded the final results onto the desk of engineering manager Ivan Gramatikov.

The list of specifications for the forklift truck was detailed and rooted in years of field experience. What they wanted was a truck with an overall width no wider than 2 meters (79 inches) to travel down an orchard row and a tight turning radius. Plus, it had to be low profile enough to pass under an overhead door, yet have high enough ground clearance to traverse rough terrain.

The farmers were also clear about their power source. They wanted it powered by a John Deere engine.  “That was one of the requirements,” explains Gramatikov. “Many of the customers were already running machines with John Deere engines, and that is the engine they prefer.”

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