Liftgates are one of the best inventions for safer work, and more productivity. Though liftgates come in a number of different designs, they are all designed for vertical movement to lift cargo to the bed of the truck and back down again. This allows more work to be done by fewer people and even allows the carrying of cargo that is heavier than people can safely deal with normally. With the use of a liftgate and a dolly to move the cargo, one person can easily and safely do the work of two or more.
Types of liftgates. There are several types of liftgates such as a Tuck-Away, Railgate, Slider Gate, Conventional, Side Loader, and what we might call a pickup truck liftgate. The pickup truck style liftgate was invented in 1965 by Delbert "Bus" Brown and he called it the Tommy Gate after his son. The Tommy Gate has evolved to the point that they make liftgates for pickups, service bodies, flatbeds, van bodies and many others in the same style as well as being a premier railgate manufacturer. Thieman is our other main liftgate source and they excel in conventional, what Thieman calls the stowaway that tucks up underneath the body, HD commercial railgates, and side loading liftgates. Their history also began in the early 1960s. By stocking and selling these two well known and high quality brands, we are able to satisfy virtually any liftgate application need.