I have a running, operating, mid '50's, Kalamazoo Xpediter Model 301, built by Kalamazoo manufacturing, of Kalamazoo, MI. I need to find it a good home soon, as I am backed up on projects and could use the shop space. It had been my intention to restore and show the unit, but I'm just not going to get to it, and have too much to take to shows already!
It weighs at least 1,200lbs, so this price is nearly scrap value. First $250 takes it.
Best I can tell, it's no older than 1953, and sounds like it may only have been produced when special ordered by a customer. I have not seen or heard of another, and in talking with a few collectors of Kalamazoo Speed Trucks, it sounds extremely scarce. 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, fire fighting 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, in it's current configuration.
The machine atriculates and utilizes a hydraulic drive, lift and tilt, with foot hydrostat control for direction and speed. It's a pretty slick machine, and is functional and seems to work well.
The engine is a Wisconson, and is original to the machine, though I'm unsure of the model. Starts and runs,b ut will need a battery.
The entire machine needs a good going over. The fluids could be refreshed, carb cleaned, etc. It would be great for a collector of odd and rare vintage industrial or lawn and garden equipment to perform a restoration.
Here is a website outlining the company and products:
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, the machine is HEAVY they way it sits. By the book, she should run 7mph fwd, and 5mph rev.
I do have the original front wheel, but the tire is a replacement, and has gone flat. The others are solid, foam filled, and the 4th tire should be as well.
Feel free to shoot me a message or email, to setup a time to come look. I think it would make a neat collector's piece, but I am simply too tight on room to keep it around, and not use it.