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USMC Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL)

The EBFL is a U.S. Marine Corps four-wheel drive, rubber-tired forklift with two-wheel, four-wheel and crab steering. EBFL is capable of moving all palletized classes of material, up to its rated capacity. It is medium-lift capable, with an optimum lifting range of 4,000 to 11,000 pounds.

EBFL has a variable load capacity through the use of two separate fork attachments. The EBFL uses extendable boom technology to lift loads of 4,000 pounds out to twenty-seven feet and can stack and retrieve loads up to twenty-five feet high. It is air-transportable in CH-53 and KC/C-130 aircraft.

EBFL can operate in rough terrain and is self-deployable with a maximum off-road speed of 35 miles per hour and a cruising range of 425 miles. A frame-leveling capability allows it to handle sensitive or potentially dangerous loads while traveling over rough terrain. Diesel power provides drive power to a hydrostatic transmission with four forward and four reverse speed selections. It can ford up to 60 inches of water with no equipment preparation required, and has an enclosed cab that allows for extended operations in all weather conditions.

Procurement of the Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) by the Marine Corps began in FY2002, supplied by JLG Industries Inc., a division of Oshkosh.

Thanks to Jim Winslow, Military Service Manager of JLG Industries Inc. for help with this page.

Marines with Combat Service Support Detachment 115 (CSSD-115) use an Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) to move a crate at Camp Coyote in Northern Kuwait, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 15 February 2003
Marines with Combat Service Support Detachment 115 (CSSD-115) use an Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) to move a crate at Camp Coyote in Northern Kuwait, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 15 February 2003.

Marines with Combat Service Support Detachment 115 (CSSD-115) use an Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) to unload an MK48/14 Articulated Platform Truck at Camp Coyote in Northern Kuwait, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 15 February 2003
Marines with Combat Service Support Detachment 115 (CSSD-115) use an Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) to unload an MK48/14 Articulated Platform Truck at Camp Coyote in Northern Kuwait, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 15 February 2003.