To declare more independence from seed dealers, as well as add another “tool” to the business, Otto Farms has purchased their own forklift. After a couple months of scouting we settled on a 2000 Daewoo 5000# capacity lift truck. Very nice machine with records back to new. Purchased from Forklifts of MN. I’m sure that over time we will find many uses for this machine. A fork mounted scaffolding is next on our list.
Earlier this summer we added pallet racking to part of an end wall of our machine shed in anticipation of acquiring a forklift that would reach the 10 foot level. This shelving was intended to not only clear some floor space in the shed but to allow us to possibly store our rotary sickle on the top of the rack. After fitting our JD8310T with new tracks late summer, we were left with two very hefty pallets that the tracks were delivered on. With the addition of some scrap piping and angle irons we built a pallet to set the mower on and thus were able to lift it to the top of our rack.