Pettibone 304

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The 304 is powered by a 240-HP Cummins QSB8.3 Tier 3 diesel engine with full electronic control and protection. The unit includes an engine-driven fan cooling package and engine block heater as standard equipment.

Joystick Control

Dual joysticks provides intuitive control of the hydraulics for lifting, tilting and reaching simultaneously.

Overhead Lift Arm

The unique overhead lift arm design gives the operator full front visibility when lifting, placing or transporting loads. The arms are mounted behind the cab, rather than in front where they would obstruct the forward view.

Solid Frame

Unlike other forward-reaching, articulated loaders, the 304 has a heavy-duty, solid steel frame design that allows it to take full loads into sharp turns without sacrificing load capacity or stability.

Wheel Base

Wheel base of just 14 feet, 5 inches provides a tight turning radius of 25 feet, 5 inches.


Excellent maneuverability thanks to 4-wheel drive with 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes.

Hydraulic Frame Sway

Hydraulic frame sway control and side shift stabilize loads by leveling the lifting frame when driving on uneven ground. The sway cylinder moves 5 degrees both right and left of center.

90-Degree Fork Tilt Down

Cary-Lift forks are capable of tilting down 90 degrees for specialized lifting tasks.


The 304 is capable of reaching the forks out an extra 4 feet without having to reposition the machine. It offers a maximum lift height of 14 feet.

Fuel Tank

95-gallon (360 L) fuel tank capacity allows for longer operating intervals.

Operator Cab

A sliding door offers quick access to the comfortable cab, which includes a tilt/telescoping steering column and swiveling, adjustable suspension seat with padded armrests and lumbar support.


Large tinted safety glass windows contribute to better visibility.


Overall Height 13' 5" (408 cm) - carrying position
19' 10.5" (606 cm) - max raised position
Fork Length 96" (244 cm)
Ground Clearance 26" (66 cm)
Wheel Base 14' 5" (439 cm)
Overall Length 34' 2.5" (1,043 cm) - carrying position
39' 10" (1,214 cm) - at max reach
Overall Width 11' 11" (363 cm)
Total Operating Weight 77,860 lbs (35,317 kg)
Model/Power 240 HP (179 kW) Cummins® QSB8.3
Fuel Tank 95 gal. (360 L)
Fan Engine driven
Cooling Package CAC, radiator and transmission
Heating Engine block heater
System Fixed displacement with proportional control
Filter Hydraulic return oil filtration (10 micron)
Tank 135 gal. (511 L)
Sway Cylinder 5° both right and left of center
Max Load Capacity (Retracted) 30,000 lbs (13,608 kg) 36" LC from back of fork
60,000 lbs (27,216 kg) tipping load
Max Load Capacity (Extended) 15,000 lbs (6,804 kg) 36" LC from back of fork
20,000 lbs (9,072 kg) tipping load
Maximum Lift Height 14' (427 cm)
Below Grade Reach 4.5" (11.4 cm)
Maximum Reach from Tires 4' 8" (142 cm) retracted
10' 1" (307 cm) extended, forks parallel 8’ 10" from ground
9' 4" (284 cm) extended, forks parallel at carrying height
Maximum Travel Speed 3.9 mph (6.3 km/h) 1st gear
7.0 mph (11.3 km/h) 2nd gear
12.5 mph (20.1 km/h) 3rd gear
22.3 mph (35.9 km/h) 4th gear
Turning Radius 25' 5" (775 cm) 4-wheel steer
Transmission Dana 6000, 4-speed Power-shift
Dana C5000 torque converter
Axles AxleTech planetary front & rear; 4-wheel drive
Steering Hydraulic power steering with 2 wheel, 4 wheel and crab steering
Service Brakes 4-wheel outboard dry hydraulic disc
Parking Brake Spring applied hydraulic release
Tires 29.5 x 29, 34 ply interchangeable
Lighting 2 headlights, 2 stop/taillights, 1 reverse light