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The first straddle truck was built by Harry B. Ross in 1913 at the Stetson-Ross Machine Works in Seattle, Washington. This invention revolutionized the movement of lumber around mill yards.
At one time, this equipment was "state-of-the-art," being preceded in the movement of lumber around the mills by hand or carts pulled by mules, and succeeded in later years by forklifts.
Lumber was placed in units on carrier blocks which were designed such that the machine could straddle them for pickup and movement.
These machines were produced in a wide variety of styles which included from four to eight wheels, and could be modified to raise and move containers, metal products, cars and much more.
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