A company in Wisconsin is looking to make skid steers even more capable in lifting and moving loads. And they are asking for your help.

With an extendable wheelbase, and an extendable boom, Extend Manufacturing increases the lift and reach with its proof of concept machine, the ProHandler, which can be viewed in the video below.

“It has the ability to perform as a loader, telehandler, forklift, personnel lift and tool platform with a three point hitch and PTO attached to the rear of the machine,” explains Marc Dack, Extend Manufacturing.

To support and speed up the final development, the company has started a crowd-funding page to raise capital.

“It has the ability to work beyond the capabilities of the largest machine on the market at a much lower purchasing and running cost. It actually has a greater impact in the fact that it replaces the need for multiple machines on the work site, thus using less energy and time to use or transport various machines. Reducing the cost to get things done at the same time reducing the impact on the environment,” he says.

From the cab, the operator can extend the wheelbase to 84”.

The boom can be extended an additional 30” to a pin height and dump height of 164”.

The protoype ProHandler is reported to be able to lift 5600 lb.

The company has already received support via the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and The Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) program.