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February is American Heart Month

February 1, 2016

Poor diet, lack of exercise and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of companies’ healthcare costs. Is it any wonder that investing in the health of employees is one of the best... Read more about February is American Heart Month

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

January 18, 2016

As easy as it is today, cleaning the floors were as difficult and time consuming years ago. There are in today’s market, equipment that make sweeping and/or scrubbing that surface very quick indeed. Take the Advance Captor as a very good... Read more about Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

Are you treating your customers like dogs?

December 15, 2015

Having recently been introduced to a shameful statistic, I thought it timely to give you my opinion on this subject. See if you can swallow this dose of reality: When interviewed, travel agents believe they retain 78% of their paying customers.... Read more about Are you treating your customers like dogs?

New Big Joe AC Powered Forklifts Introduced

The Big Lift LLC / EP Group recently announced the successful launch of their new AC powered Big Joe forklift models the PDS-20 and PDS-25. The new products represent the first of up to sixteen new electric forklifts planned to be released by the company over the next few years. Featuring heavy duty I-beam mast construction and enhanced ergonomics the PDS walk behind forklifts are well suited for a wide variety of material handling and work positioning tasks.

“From the start, these new vehicles have been designed to be easy to use and maintain while incorporating the latest in electrical technologies,” explains Bill Pedriana, the Director of Sales for Big Lift LLC. “Reliability, durability, and productivity are all crucial in this competitive category of industrial trucks. With the PDS we wanted to not only deliver a rugged truck like those the Big Joe brand is known for, but use technology in order to provide the best price-to-performance value in our industry.”

The PDS trucks with AC drive motors, deliver longer run time, faster operating speeds and more flexibility than previous models - all at a lower price. With these characteristics the company hopes to draw the attention of large box retailers and manufacturers alike looking to reduce costs and ramp-up productivity.

While capable of quick performance the PDS-20 and PDS-25 can also navigate exceptionally well in tight areas due to a “creep speed” feature that allows for precise handling. This gives operators a significant amount of control which enhances safety and reduces potential for product damage during operation. Additional productivity advantages come in the form of power efficiency and programmability. Powered by either four maintenance-free, 6 volt gel batteries or an industrial 12-85-7 battery, the PDS trucks offer a duty cycle some 40% longer than their predecessors. Add to that the ability to adjust all of the trucks functions through the use of an available handset, and the PDS can be tailored to a specific use or user to maximize the trucks fitness for the task at hand.

The new Big Joe PDS are now available for order through Big Joe dealers throughout the United States and start at a retail list price of $8,100 for a base unit with 130” of vertical lift. Additional options include various battery and mast configurations, with a 189” three-stage mast planned for later this year.

The Big Lift LLC / EP Group is one of the fastest growing organizations in the industrial truck and materials handling sector. Jointly marketing and distributing the Big Joe brand of industrial forklifts, the group manages a nationwide dealer network from facilities in Lombard, Illinois and Inman, South Carolina.

For more information contact Big Lift LLC at 630/916-2600 or visit

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