New liftgate for flatbed, van trucks

Products Truck Parts and Service Staff July 10, 2014

Woodbine Manufacturing Company, producer of Tommy Gate hydraulic lifts, announces the availability of a brand-new Tuckunder Series liftgate (TKT) for flatbed, stake, and van bodies.

Tuckunder Series liftgates

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TKT Models, the first Tuckunder-style liftgates ever produced by Tommy Gate, incorporate a state-of-the-art, wide-arm, dual-cylinder design along with numerous installation, operation, and service features to maximize both operator and upfitter convenience, the company says.

TKT Models are initially being offered with self-leveling, wedge-style platforms (either extrud­ed aluminum or steel treadplate), lifting capacities of 2,500 or 3,000 lbs., and bed extensions fitting either 96- or 102-in.-wide bodies.

The company says standard features include:

  • Hydraulic power-down to provide quick, consistent platform deployment
  • Underride impact guard to protect from vehicle underride
  • 24-in. rubber dock bumpers to protect bed extension from direct contact with dock surface
  • Snubber kit to secure stored platform
  • Low-profile, fixed toggle control (with five minute inactivity shut off)
  • 2-gauge, full-length power cable and ground

Throughout an extensive research and development process, the Tommy Gate engineering and customer service departments elicited mass amounts of feedback from their network of indus­try resources, which the company says dictated many of the TKT Models’ specifications and features.

“[Tommy Gate] interviewed distributors and installers about what sort of things they liked, or didn’t like, about the prod­ucts in the marketplace. And we talked to some end customers about how they used their gates,” says Andrew Fitzgibbon, senior engineer. “We also mixed in a healthy dose of taking into account our capabilities, our expertise, here at the factory and what we do well. So, we kind of mixed all three of those things together and ended up with our finished product.”