St. Paul Hydraulic Hoist Div. of Gar Wood Industries 1940s-1960s - Wayne, Michigan later in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Another division of Gar Wood Industries located in Wayne, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit.
Gar Wood invented the first hydraulic lift dump truck when he was living in St Paul, Minnesota. This came about one day when Gar happened to observe a truck driver laboriously unloading two tons of coal with a hand-operated lift. After listening to the poor fellow curse his fate about having to perform such dirty and heavy work, an idea took root in Wood's mind.
He went home, took half of his life savings of $200, and in his backyard St. Paul garage built the world's first hydraulic truck hoist, for which he obtained a patent. Gar then established the Wood Hydraulic and Body Company, and his fortune was made.
Apparently St Paul was a less-expensive brand of Wood hydraulic hoists and bodies designed to compete with cheaper brands.
"The Oldest Manufacturer in the Industry"
ad in 1953 Silver Book pp108 & 109
St Paul Hydraulic was the originator of the "Farm Hoist" and manufactured
heavy duty dump bodies, farm hoists, platform bodies, "Frate-Gate" hydraulic
tailgates and "Pax-all" refuse bodies.
DUMP IT - hydraulic operated units for raising or tilting truck bodies to effect dumping of the contents of the bodies.
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