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When evaluating the right piece of equipment for moving and placing heavy pipe in stockyards or on jobsites, visibility should be among the top considerations to ensure safe and efficient operation. The Pettibone Cary-Lift has a fundamental visibility advantage – over wheel loaders and other machines used for this task – since it was purpose-built for pipe handling applications.

Cary-Lift Pipe Handling

For starters, the length of a pipe is usually greater than the width of the machine carrying it. This automatically puts operators into a tough situation where the material they are handling falls outside the footprint of the vehicle. In order to maneuver safely, maximum visibility is vital.

When moving pipe through a supply yard, drivers are constantly going up and down narrow aisles, usually no more than 30 to 35 feet wide – and are sometimes stacking pipe as high as 10 to 12 feet. Loading the pipe, and transporting it around the yard without incident, generally requires the machine to be driven while its load is lifted up in the air.

With a wheel loader, the lift arms of the vehicle are located directly in front of the operator, so visibility is always obstructed to some degree.

Cary-Lift Pipe Handling 204i

By contrast, the Pettibone Cary-Lift has an overhead lift arm design where the lift arms are mounted behind the cab instead of on the front of the machine. When lifting, placing or transporting loads, this design give the operator complete forward visibility with no obstruction, making it much easier to view the working area when precisely placing the load.

Of course, when it comes to material handling, rear view visibility is also an important factor, especially when working in tight quarters in a pipe yard. The Cary-Lift comes with a standard rear-view camera for added visibility behind the machine.