Turn your pickup into a 1-ton lifter to easily load cumbersome objects.

Farmer and Team FIN member Daryl Bridenbaugh attended Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, PA, and claims that the TK Loader, a multipurpose pickup truck loading device, was the show's most interesting product.

"It's the only one of its kind," says Tick Hubbard, business manager of Grant Manufacturing, the maker of the loader.

Crank it up. The TK Loader allows one person to load round bales, barrels, engines, crates, snowmobiles and other heavy, hard-to-move objects into a pickup without back strain and eliminates the need for a forklift, crane or tractor.

It consists of a heavy-gauge steel ramp that slides and tilts, with a winch mounted at one end. The ramp pivots and works off of a center of balance. To load, you slide out the ramp and lower it to the ground. At the base of the ramp, you position the object you are loading, then hoist it up with the winch. When the object gets to a certain point, the ramp levels out until it is parallel with the truck bed. Once the object is loaded, the ramp slides in and locks in place.

Fits most trucks. The ramp measures 48 x 120 x 24 in., weighs 340 lbs. And fits most pickup trucks. The standard unit is equipped with a manual winch rated at 1,800 lbs. Installation takes about 15 min. and requires no drilling of the truck bed, Hubbard claims.

Options include an electric winch, a round bale spear and other ramp-winch combinations.

Introductory price: $999.95, plus shipping costs. The price includes a one-year full warranty. Contact Grant Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 955, Industrial Park, Petersburg, WV 26847, 304/257-5430.