I don't think 3500 lbs. will touch the lift. The rental agency will know what it weighs. But there must have been a reason they required a minim 3/4 ton truck just to pull the last one rented off the lot.
A pickup can easily travel at 75 mph down the turnpike. GTs are somewhat limited for speed.
Sean, I read and respect your post, I'm just one of those people that believe something of that size should be towed with something large enough to control it in all situations, an x5xx series has great brakes, but brakes only stop the tires, not the machine,
I don't know the OP, his skill level, or his site conditions, but too late isn't the time to find out there's a problem. They pull easy, I've rented one several times from HD, I move it around with my 40 HP Massey which handles it with ease. I like me, I'm one of my favorite people, and I guess as I age I slowly have become cautious. Good luck with your project, those lifts are great tools, you will find it saves lots of time and ladder moving!
Mmm. Over the road transports have a 21,000 lb tractor and sometimes a 119,000 lb trailer and payload for a load to tractor weight ratio of 5.7:1
An X500 has a weight of 647 lb. The same ratio gives it a hauling capacity of 3666 lb.
Everything is relative.
X710 on for size with a 14:1 ratio
Nobody starts off knowing everything. We all start with a zero knowledge base and try things to see what works. One of the main benefits of a forum such as MTF is for those just starting out to learn from the experience of those who have already tried the same thing. Those willing to try new things, and learn from others, I hold in high regard. The ones that don't try, learn nothing.
I've spent over 40 years experimenting and pushing the limits for what LTs and GTs could do, and I have often found those limits. But they are so far beyond what I believed possible when I started that I am totally impressed with their capabilities.
With all that said, a modicum of common sense and a smattering of understanding of the physical laws of nature are necessary to keep the experimenting from turning into disasters. Baby steps, fellows, baby steps.
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