DONKEY® Truck Carried Forklifts

Donkey with Big Rolls

Application Recommendations

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What do you handle?

Sod

Brick

Palletized Materials

Block

Landscape Materials

Bee Hives

Storage Containers

Lumber

Building Materials

Which Donkey is for you?

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.

Versatility

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.

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Capacity

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)!

Capacity

D12-3K: 3000 pound Load Capacity

Donkey Weight* = 3100 pounds

D12-4K: 4000 pound Load Capacity

Donkey Weight* = 3200 pounds

M12-5K: 5000 pound Load Capacity

Donkey Weight* = 3900 pounds

* Weight can vary significantly, depending on options and configuration.

Lift Height

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".

Lift Height

70" Lift Height is standard

Optional Single Stage Heights:

67", 82" and 88"

Optional Two Stage Heights:

67", 72", 96", 120" and 144"

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Down Height

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.

Down Height

D12-3K:

97" Down Height with 70" Lift Single Stage Mast

81" Down Height* with 72" Lift Two Stage Mast

D12-4K:

97" Down Height with 70" Lift Single Stage Mast

81" Down Height* with 72" Lift Two Stage Mast

M12-5K:

101" Down Height with 70" Lift Single Stage Mast

84" Down Height* with 72" Lift Two Stage Mast

D12-4K LOW PROFILE:

79" Down Height with 67" Lift Two Stage Mast

* Standard roll bar height is 88" on 3K and 4K models and 91" on 5K models.
For complete dimensional information, see Specifications on the Products page.

Reach

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.

Reach

D12-3K:

Standard reach: 27"

Optional reach: 36", 44" and 56"

D12-4K:

Standard reach: 27"

Optional reach: 36", 44" and 56"

M12-5K:

Standard reach: 36"

Optional reach: 44" and 56"

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Load Spacing

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.

Load Spacing

D12-3K and D12-4K:

53" Load Spacing = 80" Overall Width

59" Load Spacing = 86" Overall Width

64" Load Spacing = 91" Overall Width

M12-5K:

59" Load Spacing = 89" Overall Width

64" Load Spacing = 94" Overall Width

68" Load Spacing = 98" Overall Width

* Overall width dimensions are with standard front tires.
For complete dimensional information, see Specifications on the Products page.

Options

Options such as, tires, forks and more will complete your Donkey and make it perform perfectly in your application.

Options

See the products page for available options.

For fork and tire options, see the Products page.
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Dealer Assistance

Now that you have an idea of how to configure your Donkey, contact your area dealer.

A Confession

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.