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  1. #1
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    Default Swinger 1k loader

    Have been trying to get a 1k loader demo out to Calif, I can't even get swinger to call me back. I have talk with Eric at swinger three times now, I told them that I am 95% sure that I would buy one but would like to sit on one before I spent 35,000 on one.They sent one to Texas last year as a demo and it sold, I can see why swinger is having a hard time with the beekeeping industry, I have NEVER seen such poor salemanship in a company in my life.
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    Big Grin Hot-Rod forklift

    You are better off without one, Keith.
    Why not own a REAL forklift?:

    http://orsba.proboards.com/index.cgi...ay&thread=2470
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Hey Keith...did you talk to anyone at hummerbee? From what I heard they are pretty good. Worked it out with a guy I worked with that saved him at least a thousand by combining shipping with another order.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.Ē John Wayne

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    If they don't want to work with you I would call A & O Forklift Dean Voss has forklits to sell and has them in Centeral Ca. His man there can be reached at 989 304 0852 his name is Dave. Tom Peavey

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader


    Harry,
    Thatís a nice rig.
    I like those chrome wheels and the shiny diamond plate.
    You arenít short of horse power with a 351.
    Iíve seen hot rods that donít look that good.
    You did a good job on it.

    Keith, You dont need no swinger, buy Harries rig.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Well Keith it looks like you have discovered a new way to make a couple of bucks. Not that you need or want a new gig. Looks like they need a good rep / dealer in your area to sell the product. Swinger dealership coming to Gold country soon. I can see the headlines now. Lots of room for service and repair in all those abandoned auto dealerships on 49.

    Never could figure out how they were so stupid as to discontinue and throw in the trash all the work Dean had done to build the market with beekeepers. You may think the Swingers are better than the Hummerbees but I would think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who could recall the kind of service you are speaking of coming from Dean or anyone else associated with A & O.

    Product sells. Service sell the second unit..... and third.... and fourth.......

    Do you think your going to get any better service once you bought the $35k worth of steel.

    Bet not. Tell them you want Dean back. Maybe they will be mad (and dumb ) enough to sell you a new one at 10k after they get done pulling their hair out after you suggest it.

    They would be a great example of how to kill your market for anyone doing a study in an MBA program. Even a kindergartener with a lemonade stand could tell you they screwed up and still haven't figured it out.

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Keith,
    If I owned an extra swinger I would deliver it to you in exchange for a pile of those overflowing beehives you have. What was that you called them MEGAHIVES!?
    Sounds like a good name for a Godzilla remake!

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Seriously if they had any marketing savvy they would find someone like Keith to work with and get a branch set up out in California. I wouldn't be surprised if 2/3 of the total hours put on beekeeping forklifts each year are out in California. They can't risk sending just one machine out there on approval? I think they need to overhaul their marketing division.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    can any one tell me if this is true a few guys i know say that the new swinger doesn't have a, i guess you would call it a lock?
    So that if you are coming down a hill with it and stop the swinger will keep rolling after you take your foot off the peddle. That could be a big pain when you are unloading trucks on a slight incline or decline.

    Nick

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    If you want one of those that bad Keith drive up and get one. You can stay with Rachel and me. Its only 40 miles away from here. Funny though its that close but there is still a Hummerbee in our shed.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    I'm kind of like Keith be nice to drive one to compare, my understanding is that there are 2 pedals one forward one reverse. Sounds not quite as user friendly as the Hummer with the single pedal. Kind of hard to believe they don't have a park brake of some sort for hauling but don't know. I do know they are priced about the same as a Hummer. I talked to Eric as well, didn't strike me as the greatest salesman especially after dealing with A&O. They had a few on hand at the time while there was a 1 to 2 month wait for the Hummer. Dean told me they were trying to get a load of their trailers out to Cali. But they just couldn't make them fast enough.
    Last edited by jim lyon; 03-12-2011 at 06:18 AM. Reason: Additional info.
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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    I own and operate an equipment dealership in California just south of Bakersfield. I have emailed Swinger and told them we would like to carry the 1k as well as all the servicing parts out here on the west coast. We will see what happens.

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Quote Originally Posted by greenbeekeeping View Post
    If you want one of those that bad Keith drive up and get one. .
    I will remember that next time you guys need sub. lol

    Jim, they have both, two pedals or rocker type, Swarm Trapper, I believe they have that stop action on there as soon as you take your foot off the petal.

    Matt, the folks in Texas that had the new 1k & hummer side by side choose the 1k, just thought you should know.

    They have all kinds of new options, like, a joy stick or lever controls ect ect...
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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Quote Originally Posted by Worthington View Post
    I have emailed Swinger and told them we would like to carry the 1k as well as all the servicing parts out here on the west coast. We will see what happens.
    Well, I already told swinger that Tom Laury would be the perfect location for swinger. Tom, already sells Nutra-Bee & shastina bee boxes & is a few miles from Dadant. IMO the perfect spot.
    Keith
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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Is there anyone using one of these?

    http://www.gehl.com/const/prodpg_al.html

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Here's a couple pics



    [IMG]http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s35/CNHoney/swinger.jpg[/IMB]

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    It may be a nice machine Keith. I have talked to swinger back when I bought a used 180. The don't know much about their own machines. I had a different dealer and the main office telling me I had two different motors in my loader. Got that figured out as I need to rewire a lot of it. Then getting a wiring diagram took forever. Customer Service is priceless. (like when you drop off our patties) It will keep you coming back. Maybe I should just go over there and drive one around and beat on it a little bit.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    Quote Originally Posted by greenbeekeeping View Post
    Maybe I should just go over there and drive one around and beat on it a little bit.
    Hey Matt, maybe beat on those jar heads sitting behind the desk first, A guy your size is perfect for the job.
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    ok. I can do that but you have to convince Sheri to bail me out of Jail first.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    Default Re: Swinger 1k loader

    When you call swinger, ask for Mark Brown. He is real helpful. He is the one who sent the 1K down to Texas last year. He is the one at swinger who is trying to get back into the beekeeping buisness.

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