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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Wanted to share a few pics of the most recent find.  It is a mid '50's, Kalamazoo Expediter Model 301, built by Kalamazoo manufacturing, about 25 minutes down the road from home here.  I had been watching for anything from Kzoo, to have a local piece for restoration and show, and a buddy gave me a shout when he found this...and brought it home with him from a swap meet for me to drool on, and eventually barter for.

 

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Best I can tell, it's no older than 1953, and sounds like it may only have been produced when ordered by a customer.  I have not seen or heard tell of another, and in talking with a few collectors of Kalamazoo Speed Trucks, neither have they.  The company was founded in 1883, and primarily survived by building rail service vehicles, and eventually 'Speed Trucks' for use in manufacturing facilities, etc. as maintenance and service cars.

 

The Xpediter seems to be a purpose built material mover, rather than a HiLo, which would lift and store.  It does not lift very high...maybe 2 feet, and has stubby forks, with the tall mast or material support frame.  The frame leans all the way back, nearly resting on the steering column.  The machine atriculates (manual), and is completely hydraulic, with foot hydrostat control.  It's a pretty slick machine, and is fully functional and seems to work and drive well (minus the 'spare' tire up front, which was scabbed on after I punctured the original).

 

http://www.kalamazoo...acturingco.net/

 

Specs from this catalog show weight for the 301 at 1022#.  This machine also has the optional counterweights, and I have no clue how heavy they are.  I can tell you, this machine is HEAVY.  I slightly caved my 2500# ramps when loading/unloading it.  By the book, she runs 7mph fwd, and 5mph rev, and I beleive it.  It's pretty darn quick!  I beleive it is Wisconsin powered.

 

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 12:26 PM

That's a cool little machine. I've never seen or heard of one before. The engine is definitely a Wisconsin, not sure what model the engine is though.



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Posted September 21, 2013 - 02:04 PM

Are the forks lifted by hydraulic cylinder? Easy to switch out to a longer stroke one? Or switch over to a hydraulic motor and drive chain set up and have them run all the way up?

Vertical stacking! More GT real estate!

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Posted September 21, 2013 - 04:35 PM

Wow that's an awesome looking little machine.

Are you going to put a seat on the back of it like the old farm tractors used to have?THAT would be totally awesome if you could sit and ride it around.



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Posted September 21, 2013 - 05:27 PM

That is a very unique and interesting find and will make a great restoration project. The fact that it was built locally is a big bonus as well. 



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Posted September 21, 2013 - 08:19 PM

That is cool



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Posted January 20, 2014 - 09:01 AM

I just found this post, I am actually the engineer over the L & P version of the Xpeditor that we currently build and use in the bedding industry. I evan have a orginall Model 301X kalamazoo "Parts Catalog and Instructions manual".


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 09:07 AM

That is an amazing little machine!  What luck having York0060 come up with a manual!!


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 12:48 PM

I just found this post, I am actually the engineer over the L & P version of the Xpeditor that we currently build and use in the bedding industry. I evan have a orginall Model 301X kalamazoo "Parts Catalog and Instructions manual".

 

Maybe you can upload it here for guys to use and look at.


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 01:04 PM

I just found this post, I am actually the engineer over the L & P version of the Xpeditor that we currently build and use in the bedding industry. I evan have a orginall Model 301X kalamazoo "Parts Catalog and Instructions manual".

 

Wow!  That would be a neat piece to have!  I get a kick out of tracking down original paperwork for my GT's, but never figured anything remained out there for this beast.

 

What's the "L&P version of the Xpeditor"?  I'd love to look online to see what the modern variety looks like and is used for.



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Posted January 20, 2014 - 02:46 PM

We use them to move crated unfinished innerspring mattress units in and out of trucks. All of the big mattress makers use them . The largest bundles weigh around 1000 lbs, most bundles have 12 -18 mattresses in them, King size being the heaviest. The Xpediters we build have a Honda GX340 motor running on propane powering a Sunstrand Hyd pump with Charr lynn wheel motors. I will get the manual posted as soon as i get it copied electronically.

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Posted January 20, 2014 - 02:59 PM

Wow I would love to have one.;


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 03:30 PM

Wow, that is a neat machine, nice catch.

The Winnie engine looks to be a AENL or AENLD (stellite valves) but could be wrong.

Could not help but see your bronze Squire in the background, looks good.


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the info York!  Those are some slick lookin rigs....same basic design must hve been a winner back then, I suppose.  LP would be neat.  This old Wisconsin woud probably kill folks, if used indoors much.  It puffs a little smoke on a cold start, but seems to run good otherwise.  A local fella, through a friend of a friend, says they used to use these at Parker Hannifan (local, and very near to Kalamazoo MFG's plant), back in the '50's and '60's.  Says he spent a lot of hours on one, but doesn't know where they ended up.

 

I'm diggin the mini-fenders on your units!  I do need to service mine, since I know nothing of it's history.  I'd like to flush the fluids, and I need to repair a front tire.  Looks like the originals were B.F Goodrich Silvertown's, in 4.80-4.00-8, but one of them is a wheelbarrow replacement.  The originals are foam filled, and solit, but the replacement was not, and blew out when I loaded it up. I'd like to find another Silvertown, but bet that's a scarce tire to find now.

 

You guys reminded me of this pending project, so I'll have to put a want ad out and maybe someone will have an old tire.



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Posted January 20, 2014 - 04:16 PM

Cool little thing be nice to move stuff with.






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