It's a remote control vehicle that can lift up to two tonnes – but it’s not a toy.
And you’ll need £32,000 – and a haulage business – to get the most out of this clever forklift truck.
Mark Senior, 39, who runs family firm Van European in Leeds Road, Huddersfield, says he bought this two-tonne Palfinger Crayler BM truck “on a whim” after seeing one demonstrated on YouTube.
But far from a frivolous purchase, this custom-built machine cuts out much of the tedium of loading and unloading a lorry.
And with the driver at the recommended three metres from the forklift truck, it’s a lot safer.
This functional machine has been attracting some attention from passing pedestrians and motorists.
The Austrian-made truck folds up and slots inside a customised metal box with attaches to the rear of a lorry.
And rather than have a separate forklift truck driver loading and unloading the lorry, the wagon driver can do the whole job via the remote control.
Of course, it takes a bit of training to use it properly – and a day with a Palfinger trainer is included in the deal.
Mark, who took delivery of his truck earlier this month, said: “I saw a YouTube video and I ordered one on a whim.
“It was a nervous six months waiting for it to arrive but it was worth it.
“One advantage is its size – you can fit it under a lorry and it’s safer because you’re three metres away from it.
“You can see your forks all the time and you can’t do that if you’re driving a normal forklift.”
While you can legally drive the Palfinger on a public road with a car driving licence, the reality is less appealing.
Mark said: “You can drive to the petrol station but it only does 4mph so you might get some angry drivers behind you.”
James Senior, Mark’s son and apprentice at Van European, said: “It’s quite fun to drive and it’s something that people haven’t seen before.”
But Mark added: “It’s not a toy. Well, it’s a £32,000 toy!”
All you’ve ever wanted to know about Mark’s Palfinger Crayler
BM remote control forklift truck
Weight empty: 2.1 tonnes
Maximum lifting height: 2.9m
Maximum load: 2 tonnes
Engine: three-cylinder diesel generating 35hp
Miscellaneous: water-filled rear tyres for extra stability, works in mud, water and snow