LiftWise recently introduced the 6500 Series Wheel Handler, which is designed for any operation seeking a safe method for transporting and changing large tires.
Using an integrated pallet truck for familiar operations and maneuverability, the standard unit can handle steel compaction wheels with diameters of 55 to 79 inches, the company said. It can be raised or lowered 20 inches and has a maximum capacity of 6,500 pounds.
One-person operation is made possible through the tethered control, allowing the operator to stand in the best vantage point for dialing in the proper position of the wheel for mounting. Wheels or tires can be lifted, rotated 38 degrees in both directions, and side shifted 3 inches left or right, all from the hand-held control.
Furthermore, the control adjusts the upper and lower jaws to accommodate different wheel sizes, LiftWise said. It includes an integrated safety switch and is magnetic for easy attachment anywhere on the Wheel Handler.
The Wheel Handler includes an onboard battery charger and is hydraulically actuated using seven cylinders for the multiple wheel-positioning functionality. Custom decals are available to adhere to the jaw arms, offering a guide to adjust to commonly handled sizes. Several optional tire racks are available for storing up to four tires that can be loaded using the Wheel Handler.
For handling larger tires, other equipment configurations are available through LiftWise, a division of Diversified Products, which offers products for material handling in assembly, welding and equipment servicing.