We have multiple models of lift beds, and each of these models self-level in a different way.
Our HD-4500 Model replacement bed uses a fluid transfer method of self leveling. This is not a true “self leveling” system, as it requires the operator to set the forks at the pitch the lift requires for the intended application. It then changes pitch in the lift arc to compensate for the suspension drop of the vehicle when the load center transfers past the break-over point, at which point the forks begin to tilt up.
Our SI-2500 Model uses a proprietary linkage system for self leveling that requires the operator to set the intended pitch required for the lift arc. It does not change in pitch during the lift arc, as the lighter load capacity of this model has less influence on the truck suspension.
We recommend that you only lift a load on level ground centered on the forks, as with any other type of lift equipment. Our entire product line has been tested in extreme terrain conditions to ensure the safety and stability of the machines on a variety of vehicle applications.
No. Our products are designed as heavy duty, professional products that are intended to be used every day with multiple years of trouble free use. Unfortunately, when you build a rugged machine, that equates to additional weight throughout the product. Our HD-4500 Model is designed for 3500, 4500, and 5500 (Class III, IV, V) Cab Chassis models, while our SI-2500 Models are designed for ¾ ton and one ton pickup models.
There are available options on the HD-4500 for a hydraulic winch and remote hydraulic outlets available, but keep in mind that our product uses a specialized hydraulic fluid to allow it to operate at lower temperatures. mixing hydraulic fluid with other machines will degrade the performance of the Bristow Bed.
We work with our clients and dealers to ensure that the proper model is selected for the intended truck platform so that the GVWR of the vehicle is not exceeded. There are some instances where the machine is capable of lifting more than the truck platform is capable of handling (due to the GVWR) and it is the operator’s responsibility to not exceed this limit. This is the same with any other machine out there. You can take any forklift currently available on the market and overload/improperly load it, and it will pick it up, and cause an unsafe condition. It is ultimately the operators responsibility to ensure that the machine is operated within the manufacturers specifications in a safe manner.
You can contact us directly via phone, email, or our “contact” page to order our products directly through our knowledgeable sales staff who are ready to assist you, no matter where you are in North America.
Our HD-4500 Model has a standard 30K pound gooseneck ball.
Our SI-2500 Model connects to the receiver mounted in your bed where your Gooseneck ball currently installs. With our innovative adapter there is an integrated Gooseneck ball currently installs. With our innovative adapter there is an integrated Gooseneck ball that allows you to utilize the gooseneck ball while our unit is installed in the vehicle.
No. Our products are designed to lift a single pallet, as with all other forklifts. What sets our product apart is that you can load a trailer with multiple pallets and deliver them to multiple locations with a single machine.
There is a nationwide network of qualified truck upfitters available to install our HD-4500 Model. We can work with your preferred upfitter, locate and organize the upfit for you, or your can elect to have the unit installed at one of our Factory Authorized locations. The SI-2500 Model is designed to be easily installed and removed by the end user. After Initial installation, the SI-2500 unit can easily be removed or reinstalled in less than 10 minutes.