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Elkhart, Ind.-based Ultra-Fab Products Inc. announced the launch of the Handy Gate, a tailgate lift that elevates loads of up to 1,000 pounds from the ground to the pickup bed level and from the bed to the ground.

According to a press release, Handy Gate fits all 2009 and newer Ford, GM, Chevy and Dodge pickup trucks.

Installation includes a one-time pre-assembly set-up that takes approximately one hour, allowing Handy Gate to be installed and uninstalled in less than three and a half minutes. No truck bed modifications are necessary, and  Handy Gate extends the truck bed floor an additional 10 inches for more storage.

The Handy Gate is built with sturdy all-steel construction using ball-screw technology eliminating the need for hydraulic fluid. The assembly does not touch the bumper and operates off of the power of a standard 7-way hitch plug. The patent pending design also includes taillights.

Brian Allred, Ultra-Fab vice president of sales and marketing, noted, “Unlike some competitors’ products, where it can take eight or more hours to install and permanently modifies the truck, the Handy Gate takes less than three and a half minutes to put on or take off so you can have your truck back to its original configuration.”

After moving the load onto the lowered tailgate, Handy Gate lifts the load 32 inches to the truck bed in approximately 40 seconds. The Handy Gate has a suggested retail price of $2,299.

Allred added, ” We first displayed the Handy Gate at the SEMA show and it was incredibly well received. ”

Interested dealers and distributors should contact Allred at 800-860-7571 or e-mail [email protected]