Tommy Gate – The Original Hydraulic Lift
The industry standard in power liftgates for any application
When Delbert Brown of the Woodbine Manufacturing Company in Iowa developed the first Tommy Gate liftgate back in 1965, no one thought that it would become the world standard by which all other hydraulic lifts would be judged. Now, more than half a century later, the Tommy Gate stands for the most dependable, longest-lasting liftgates in the world and are sold on five continents and used on all of them.
The commitment to quality after all these years is still there, and though Tommy Gates continue to be hand-built, the use of stronger and lighter materials and cutting-edge electrical components means that no matter what you need a power tailgate for, Expertec has a solution for you.
The model that started it all is the Original Tommy Gate. Virtually unchanged from Tommy Gate’s earliest design, the Original Gate offers several different ways to configure the deck and can be fitted to virtually any vehicle. What makes the Original series so special is the all-steel design, military-quality cabling, and plenty of options to make sure that everything you need a liftgate to do can be done. At the same time, the fully enclosed hydraulic system keeps maintenance worry-free for years. In fact, with the wide range of customizing options, including remote controls, the Original is as up-to-date as any other Tommy Gate.
The G2 Series
The G2 design came about due to the direct need for a slightly smaller drive system that could still offer parallel arm technology in a fully enclosed hydraulic system. Just as importantly, as vehicle design changed and more and more hitches were being mounted higher into vehicle frame rails, the need to design a successful liftgate to allow Tommy Gate owners to still be able to tow became critical. Enter the G2. As robust as the original, but built for vehicles that needed to provide unhindered access to beds and cargo areas by flush mounting the frame and still leaving room for towing.
Designed for truck and cargo boxes, the Tuckunder Series has become the standard for the industry when it comes to deliver vehicles needing hydraulic power. At the same time, The Tommy Gate Tuckunder helps to speed access for smaller deliveries or loading since the platform stores out of the way – tucked neatly under the cargo area above the bumper. Truly this gives users the best of both worlds by allowing easy access to the cargo area and a fully operational liftgate for heavier or bulkier items. More importantly, the platform has a hydraulic “power down” function that provides consistent motion, both up and down, no matter what the ambient temperature is. No worries about the cold slowing things down! Another critical safety feature of the Tuckunder Series is the self-leveling action of the platform – making sure that travel is parallel to the bed extension and then, to the ground for ease of loading and unloading.
As experts in upfitting cargo vans into custom-built work vehicles for fleets and the trades, Expertec knows that a well-designed and executed van can often work circles around a pickup truck in terms of efficiency. With the addition of a Tommy Gate Cantilever Series liftgate, though, you can raise a lot more than the bar!
Since the unit bolts on, no exterior modifications are needed to install it and the majority of the Cantilever Series is self-contained under the van. Just as importantly, the ramp folds in half and stores in front of the left door, providing easy access to the cargo area of your van – no need to wait to get to your equipment, but easy to deploy when you have to load up.
The 650 Series
Without a doubt, the 650 Series is the perfect lift for light-duty use when “light duty” is still heavy. What makes it so perfect is that the entire unit is self-contained within the cargo area of the van and takes up comparatively little space, but can still be deployed to move up to 650 pounds easily and safely. As a result of the unit being so powerful and yet so small, this is the perfect solution for tradesmen who don’t always need a lift and while it takes up little more space than a dolly, the 650 Series can make all the difference in how you can use your van. The 650 is available for many applications, including the Sprinter, the Promaster, the Transit series, all Chevrolet van platforms, and many others.
Anyone who has ever run a delivery route knows that hydraulic gates can be fussy in bad weather and if you are operating it continuously for long periods of time – as in loading or unloading with no dock, the system can slow down due to that heat. That’s why Expertec recommends the Tommy Gate Railgate series. Available in a range of styles to fit the needs of box trucks, the Railgate Series can be customized for high-cycle users, docking applications, and even with a folding platform to make the most of any situation.
The Railgate uses high-quality captured steel rollers to reduce drag and keep fluid temperatures down while using many of the same tried and true industry leading innovations that Tommy Gate has pioneered over the years – still hand built and inspected by craftsman who are expert machinists, welders, and designers.