Pettibone Cary-Lift 254i

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The 254i is powered by a 225-HP Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine with DOC and SCR aftertreatment. The unit includes an engine-driven fan, cooling package and engine block heater as standard equipment.

Joystick Control

Dual joysticks provides intuitive control of the hydraulics for lifting, tilting and reaching simultaneously.

Overhead Lift Arm

The unique overhead lift arm design gives the operator full front visibility when lifting, placing or transporting loads. The arms are mounted behind the cab, rather than in front where they would obstruct the forward view.

Solid Frame

Unlike other forward-reaching, articulated loaders, the 254i has a heavy-duty, solid steel frame design that allows it to take full loads into sharp turns without sacrificing load capacity or stability.

Wheel Base

Wheel base of just 12 feet provides a tight turning radius of 23 feet, 6 inches.


Excellent maneuverability thanks to 4-wheel drive with 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes.

Hydraulic Frame Sway

Hydraulic frame sway control and side shift stabilize loads by leveling the lifting frame when driving on uneven ground. The sway cylinder moves 7 degrees both right and left of center.

90-Degree Fork Tilt Down

Cary-Lift forks are capable of tilting down 90 degrees for specialized lifting tasks.


The 254i is capable of reaching the forks out an extra 4 feet without having to reposition the machine. It offers a maximum lift height of 14 feet.

Fuel Tank

70-gallon (265 L) fuel tank capacity allows for longer operating intervals.

Operator Cab

A sliding door offers quick access to the comfortable cab, which includes a tilt/telescoping steering column and swiveling, adjustable suspension seat with padded armrests and lumbar support. A rear-view camera with 7-inch display is standard.


Large tinted safety glass windows contribute to better visibility.



Dimensions -
Overall Height 12' 7" (384 cm) - carrying position
19' 4" (589 cm) - max raised position
Fork Length 60" (152 cm) standard, others available
Ground Clearance 17" (43 cm)
Wheel Base 12' (366 cm)
Overall Length 26' 5" (805 cm) - carrying position
32' (975 cm) - at max reach
Overall Width 10' 6" (320 cm)
Total Operating Weight 53,500 lbs (24,267 kg)
Model/Power 225 HP (168 kW) Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final with DOC and SCR after-treatment
Fuel Tank 70 gal. (265 L)
DEF Tank 5 gal. (19 L)
Fan Engine driven
Cooling Package CAC, radiator and transmission
Heating Engine block heater
System Load-sensing hydraulic
Filter Hydraulic return oil filtration (10 micron)
Tank 75 gal. (284 L)
Sway Cylinder 7° both right and left of center
Max Load Capacity (Retracted) 25,000 lbs (11,340 kg) 24" LC from back of fork
50,000 lbs (22,680 kg) tipping load
Max Load Capacity (Extended) 15,000 lbs (6,804 kg) 24" LC from back of fork
20,000 lbs (9,072 kg) tipping load
Maximum Lift Height 14' (427 cm)
Below Grade Reach 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Maximum Reach from Tires 3' 6" (107 cm) retracted
9' 1" (277 cm) extended, forks parallel 8’ 10" from ground
8' 2" (249 cm) extended, forks parallel at carrying height
Maximum Travel Speed 2.8 mph (4.5 km/h) 1st gear
5.9 mph (9.5 km/h) 2nd gear
10.3 mph (16.6 km/h) 3rd gear
17.7 mph (28.5 km/h) 4th gear
Turning Radius 23' 6" (716 cm) 4-wheel steer
Transmission Dana R32000, 4-speed Power-shift
Dana C323 torque converter
Axles AxleTech planetary front & rear; 4-wheel drive
Steering Hydraulic power steering with 2 wheel, 4 wheel and crab steering
Service Brakes 4-wheel outboard dry hydraulic disc
Parking Brake Spring applied hydraulic release
Tires 18.00 x 25, 32 ply interchangeable
Lighting 2 headlights, 2 stop/taillights, 2 reverse lights

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