How It Works

The Cheetah Lift container moving system employs technologies that have been around, well, basically forever.

All “shipping containers” are built to an ISO standard (International Organization of Standardization).They vary only in length and height, and hence weight. And since all shipping containers are built the same,

The Cheetah Lift is compatible with all shipping containers!

Here’s how we do it


Our patent pending Cheetah Lift container moving system attaches to the wheel lift of a medium duty tow truck. The tow truck backs up to either end of the container. The operator lowers the wheel lift, extends it out to the container and the attached device locks into the corner casting of the container.  Once the tow truck is attached, one end of the container is lifted hydraulically about 30″ to 36″ in the air and then a “center stand” is placed roughly in the middle of the container on both sides. The wheel lift is then lowered which raises the other end of the container. This is the technology that has been around since cavemen placed a log on top of a rock to do some heavy lifting!

Now that the other end of the container is in the air, the wheels of the Cheetah Lift, also called “container dollies”, are rolled under the end of the container. The operator lifts the wheel lift again thus lowering the container down on the dollies. The corner casting at the back is lowered onto a pylon that allows the container dollies to be bolted from the back.

The wheel lift is now lifted a little more, allowing the removal of the center stands, then lowered again so the container/trailer is level. The operator moves the wheel lift in or out to the desired towing position, he puts the straps on to secure the front of the dollies to the container, he attaches the lights and “Over Size Load” banner and hooks up the brakes. It is now ready to tow!

The Cheetah-Lift has been engineered to safely handle 7,000 lbs. at the wheels. We recommend using a tow truck that has at least a 6,500 lb. lift capacity.  Roughly 95% of the storage containers that are moved are either 20′ or 40′ in length.  A typical 20′ container weighs between 4,000 and 5,000 lbs.  A typical 40′ container can weigh anywhere between 8,000 and 9,000 lbs., and an office/storage combo can weigh around 10,000 lbs.


For more information, call or email us today!


We're here to answer any questions you may have about our product.  Please reach out to us, and we'll respond as soon as we can.

Chris: (928) 237-6109
Gary: (928) 899-6416

Prescott, Arizona