I don't know what to say about the pick up that has no lifting lever. All three of mine did have - it stuck out to the front beside the sheet metal hay guide, and had a one-stop bracket: lift it and push the lever into the slot, and the pick up stayed up for transport. Take the lever out of the slot and the pick up lowered. None of mine had a small wheel and tire - maybe that's the difference. Mine were all very early serial numbers. Mine had a large cupped plate that would hit the ground and lift the pick up so the tines wouldn't hit the dirt.