I've seen these bin carrying machines parked at packing houses but I've never seen one in use. I suspect they evolved from log carriers, or maybe it was the other way around. It's wonderful to see such a perfect solution to a very specialized problem. The descendants of this machine are getting lots of use this time of year.
They were called "Straddle Bugs"
I think they must have perfected them greatly over the years, as the ones now don't seem to have as much to them as these did.
Charlott on 30th October 2019 @ 7:07am
I wonder if this one went "beep, beep, beep," when the operator put it into reverse.
L.E. on 30th October 2019 @ 7:49am
Charlotte, what was a “Gerlinger?” (I am not sure of the spelling.)
Judy on 30th October 2019 @ 11:47am
These straddle bugs are still used to move stacks of lumber,. As a kid we were in trouble for riding bicycles under them when they were in motion empty.,
jkenn on 30th October 2019 @ 5:02pm
Gerlinger Company is the one who made the straddle bugs as we called them.
Charlott on 31st October 2019 @ 7:10am
Gerlinger straddle trucks are still being used at Hull Oaks steam mill near Corvallis where they cut up to 85' logs and I believe 6' diameter. Well worth a tour or watch the videos.
kenn on 31st October 2019 @ 9:28am
As I recall, In the 70’s Diamond Fruit was using Gerlingers. The office had to keep track of what orchard they were located. At the time, I was working in the Transportation Dept. in an office that no longer exists on Industrial Street with Loren Laney, Herman Bagge & several fruit inspectors out in the orchards.
Judy on 31st October 2019 @ 5:05pm
Gerlinger Straddle Carriers are still used to move some spent nuclear fuel casks between facilities at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 3rd November 2019 @ 6:09am
Those are lug boxes stacked on forklift pallets, 36 to the pallet. This would have been about the time of the transition from lugs to tote bins, I would guess in the early 60's.
DFG used Gerlingers; Ray Yasui had a smaller one that was built by Hyster.
Jack Sheppard on 7th November 2019 @ 6:56pm
They are using the bin version at Diamond today. Watched it go by multiple times as the artists were working on the mural.
Maija Yasui on 1st December 2019 @ 4:26pm