A Lighter Side to Heavy Loads: Forklift vs. Strongman on The Gadget Show

The Gadget Show, a popular technology television show in the United Kingdom, recently featured a classic battle of “Man vs. Machine.”

The man was well-known strongman Dave Meer, who has been in many international strength contests. The machine was a Jungheinrich TFG 430S gas-powered forklift truck. The Gadget Show originally was going to put Meer against show presenter Ortis Deley. But Deley quickly realized he was no match for Meer, so he got behind the wheel of the Jungheinrich.

So, it came down to the brute power of Meer against the advanced technology of a forklift. Who came out on top?

The Gadget Show
The Gadget Show

The deciding even was called the “Tire Toss.” The goal was to lift and throw 17.5-pound tires over a bar 15 feet high – all within 60 seconds! Meer slung 24 tires.

However, Deley and his Jungheinrich lift (with a clamp attachment) bested Meer by one tire. It was a tense affair, but one thing to consider is that Deley is not an experienced lift driver. A seasoned forklift operator probably would have put 30 tires over the bar.

But Ortis was given a quick forklift training course before the contest – not bad work for a TV presenter!

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