Wiggins Expands Our Partnership with Taylor and SSI as an Authorized Sales and Service Dealer for Marina Bull

Wiggins Expands Our Partnership with Taylor and SSI as an Authorized Sales and Service Dealer for Marina Bull

In 2010, Wiggins Lift Co., Inc. partnered with Taylor Machine Works and Sudden Service, Inc. as an authorized Marina Bull sales and support dealer. Taylor has represented Wiggins admirably in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina for eight years.

The relationship between these two family-owned, family-oriented, built-in-America businesses has benefitted Wiggins, Taylor, SSI, and—most important—our customers.

This wonderful relationship made it clear to us that there was more we could do together. We are pleased to announce that Taylor and SSI are now the authorized service and sales dealers for the Wiggins Marina Bull in the following regions:

U.S.A.

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • West Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Texas

Central America

  • Belize
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Venezuela

Caribbean

  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • Puerto Rico
  • St. Lucia
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Trinidad and Tobago

This new era of cooperation between our two American, family-run companies will benefit the marina industry and their customers.

Click here to read the TMW press release.

For more information on the Wiggins Marina Bull products sold in your area, visit www.taylorbigred.com. For support and service, visit www.suddenserviceinc.com.

A customer praises the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX

A customer praises the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX

A guest post from Russell Higginson, the General Manager of The Boathouse Marina in Freemantle, Western Australia.

My name is Russell Higginson, and I have been in the marine business lifting and storing boats in Fremantle, Western Australia, for 30 years.

I first used a Wiggins Marina Bull in the early 1990s and, boy, was I impressed! Because of how easy they are to use, and the peace of mind offered by the Stabilift™, system, I have been using Wiggins machines exclusively at the many marina and storage facilities that I’ve been involved with ever since!

About six years ago, I saw a CGI video on the internet of the Wiggins Marina Bull FLX. I said to myself “Wow, I want one!!” After a few meetings with owners of The Boathouse Marina in Fremantle, everyone saw the potential of this revolutionary machine. We decided that we would be the first to use it, here at our dry storage facility.

This piece of engineering brilliance was a bit daunting at first. We asked ourselves “Will it be fast enough? Is it too big? Can we get parts if needed?” But after the first month of training on the FLX, we were off and running.

 

Three years later and over 10,000 boats launched and retrieved, the machine has exceeded our expectations. So much so that we are purchasing another machine to keep up with our expansion. Whenever we’ve had issues, Wiggins has stood behind their product 100%, and they never fail to assist when neede—day or night. 

Another major plus is that the FLX helps prevent damage to boats, whether it be the gunwale rubbing on the side of the rack or the nav lights being snapped off at the lower rack—the fact you can “rise above the top of the boat” is awesome!  Once you are lined up at the rack, there is no deviation—it traverses straight. The FLX has allowed me to cut my budget for damages to boats by as much as  95%!

It comes down to the fact that you can lift bigger boats in a smaller area. The increased stability offered by the unique amd award-winning design means that the big boats can be lifted to a top rack, middle rack, or lower rack. It doesn’t matter. We routinely lift 60 boats in an eight-hour day without a single problem.

Would I recommend the FLX? Yes, yes, and yes!

Want more information on the FLX? Visit the webpage here, or contact us at the email address or phone number below.

Join us at the Miami International Boat Show!

Join us at the Miami International Boat Show!

Join us this week at the Miami International Boat Show! 

Thursday to Monday, Feb 15-19, 2018
Miami Marina Stadium Park and Basin

Stop by Booth E416 and say hello. We’ll have reps from Sales, Engineering, Production on hand, as well as CEO Michele McDowell and President Mike Wiggins. Our Taylor SSI reps are also there, sharing the booth with us.

Don’t forget to join us for a cocktail reception at CG Marina, too! Saturday night, 6-9pm.

 

Come see Keystone Point Marina’s new Wiggins Marina Bull—a work of art!

Come see Keystone Point Marina’s new Wiggins Marina Bull—a work of art!

Trish Hamilton, owner of North Miami’s Keystone Point Marina, reports that the marina is “…taking delivery of a brand new, beautiful Wiggins forklift on the opening day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Many marinas paint their forklift equipment to blend with the property colors—we’ve decided to take it a step further with custom-designed artwork by marine industry artist Hugo Cardonne.

Hamilton explained, “Since FLIBS draws such an international crowd we thought it would be the perfect venue to present a trendy, fun design for a piece of equipment that is an industry mainstay. It’s not just a forklift—it’s a moving work of art!

The new Marina Bull™ forklift will be showcased at the Wiggins Lift Company booth all week. On Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. there will be an official unveiling, with a naming ceremony and cocktail reception at the FLIBS, Worldwide Forklift booth number 1030. ALL PRESS AND MARINE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

“The folks at Wiggins make the planning and purchasing of a new marine forklift really easy,” added Hamilton. “The engineers at Wiggins Lift Company have designed a powerful piece of equipment that fits our customers’ boat types, with some room to grow our larger boat-owner customer base. This is the sixth forklift we have purchased from Wiggins, and we want to have some fun with the process of taking delivery.”

Wiggins Marina Bull—Longevity in Action at Belle Maer Harbor Marina

Wiggins Marina Bull—Longevity in Action at Belle Maer Harbor Marina

How long should a marina lift last? They work in pretty tough environments: from freezing to hot temperatures, in fresh and salt water, lifting and moving heavy and uneven loads, and just the general wear and tear of heavy machinery.

Wiggins lifts are known for their durability and longevity in the field, even in the toughest environments. How about Harrison Township in Michigan? Our friends at Belle Maer Harbor Marina know this all too well—and that’s why they have been using the same Wiggins Marina Bull since 1990—twenty-seven years on the job!

The Marina Bull is a 15K Marina Bull. Check out the Wiggins classic logo on the back!

This Marina Bull has worked every day since 1990. It was recently repainted, and looking great! This lift has been working in the field almost longer than anyone else has been making marina forklifts!

Here’s a picture of the 1990 Marina Bull (right) next to their 2004 Marina Bull (left).

This is another reason why Wiggins is the world leader in the dry storage boat handling equipment industry. Wiggins can custom design what you need for your marina. We design and manufacture our trucks to meet each customer’s unique environment and needs. This makes each Marina Bull particularly suited to the job it will perform, which means better performance and—as Belle Maer Harbor Marina knows—impressive durability.

Wiggins builds machines to order, meaning you get what you need for your application, not some generalized lift that may or may not meet your needs. If you’re in need of a marina forklift, give us a call, and we’ll show you exactly what we mean.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY: Wiggins Marina Bull for options AND support.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY: Wiggins Marina Bull for options AND support.

Before 1974, fast food restaurants were food assembly lines: you got what was on the menu and didn’t ask for options because they weren’t available.

Then Burger King released a campaign saying that at their place, you could “have it your way.” The jingle became famous:

“Hold the pickles,

hold the lettuce,

special orders don’t upset us,

all we ask is that you let us serve it your way.”

It was a customer-oriented: offer a standard menu of options that satisfied most people, but allow a customer to make special requests. Today, most fast-food places allow options on their standard items.

That’s not true in the marine forklift industry. Most lifts are assembly-line products. You buy only what they offer, with relatively few options. If you have an unusual request, forget it.

But Wiggins is customer-oriented and always has been. Our mottos are “Built for the owner, designed for the operator” and “Tell us what you want; we’ll build it.”

For a marina lift, “one size” does not “fit all.” Every marina is different. Different building constraints, a different collection of boats, and different needs.

All Wiggins Marina Bulls come with standard components, of course, such as a Kessler drive axle, a Cummins engine, and a Dana transmission. These standard components are durable and high-quality, just like the Marina Bulls we put them in.

Engines and Transmissions

  • Cummins 110HP, 121HP, 154HP, 160HP, 190HP, 220HP, 250HP
  • Cummins 121HP, 173HP, 220HP Tier 4
  • Ford V10 LPG
  • Volvo 140Hp, 174HP, 215HP D5, 215HP D8 Tier 4
  • Dana Clark 20000, 32000 transmission
  • Funk DF250 transmission

So many options—with security for parts and service.

But if your marina has a different preference, we’ll customize it. No matter how unique the request—as long as it’s safe and effective, we’ll make it your way. That’s why we are the leader in the marine forklift industry, with more satisfied customers than any other manufacturer. We put our customers’ needs first.

We can customize nearly every aspect of our Marina Bull to fit your marina’s wants and needs. That includes what you would expect, such as height, engine, and tires, but also things like hydraulic control configuration or even step design.

Concerned about getting parts and service for customizations? No problem. We have been servicing and supporting our custom machines for almost 70 years. Before we allow any part to be put on a Marina Bull, we make sure it meets our rigorous performance and safety standards, and that we can support that part in an exceptional manner. If a component fails either of those tests, we’ll work with you to find a suitable option, because we don’t put substandard parts on Wiggins lifts. In additions, we have parts and service centers all over the USA, including support through Taylor SSI.

Do you want an AxleTech or a John Deere axle? A Ford LPG or Volvo Penta Tier 4 engine? Something else? We’ll do it, as long as it meets the high level of performance the Marina Bull is famous for.

Don’t settle for a one-size-fits-all, assembly-line approach. With Wiggins, you’ll not only get a high-performance, durable, and custom machine—you’ll receive the highest quality service and parts support, too. No other manufacturer offers customization, quality components, and support like Wiggins.

Drive Axles

  • Kessler D81
  • John Deere 1200, 1400, 1600
  • AxleTech PRC1756, PRC1794, PRC3806, and PRC 7534.

Tell us what you want, we’ll build it.

Tires

  • Pneumatic
  • Black solid
  • Non-mark solid
  • Lug or smooth

Have it your way—with confidence.

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