Telescopic handlers have seen quite an evolution in recent years, from strictly lift and place machines to multipurpose tool carriers. Their versatility, maneuverability and lifting capabilities are enabling them to take on an ever growing number of tasks, making them an essential tool on many construction sites.
Following is a look at available telehandler models from most of the major suppliers.
Bobcat offers four telescopic handlers, including the new V638, which provides up to 38 ft. of lift height with a 6,700-lb. rated operating capacity. The V518, V723 and V723 FL models are designed as tool carriers for use with a variety of attachments. Attachments approved for the V518 and V723 include several buckets, angle brooms, a 12-ft. truss boom, pallet forks, auger and grapple fork.
JLG compact telehandlers, such as the Model G6-23A (shown), are especially suitable for extended operator time in the cab. The units feature high visibility, an adjustable seat and steering column and standard heater/defroster. Full-size telehandler models are suited for heavy-duty material-handling jobs. They feature four-wheel drive, three steering modes and a single joystick that controls boom lift and crowd. A side-mounted engine and high boom pivot ensure maximum visibility.
Genie Industries announces the addition of a telehandler product line to its family of lifting equipment. Eight rough-terrain models will be offered, including two compact, low-pivot and six high-pivot units. Operating weights range from 9,990 to 31,200 lbs. with maximum lift heights from 18 ft. 10 in. to 56 ft. Maximum lift capacities range from 5,500 to 10,000 lbs. Power ranges from 63 to 125 net hp.
Zoom Boom by Carelift Equipment
Zoom Boom telehandlers are manufactured to be versatile, highly stable, productive and inexpensive to maintain and operate. All units provide all-around visibility combined with a safe and ergonomic operator's compartment. Heavy-duty frame and boom designs are standard. Seven models range in capacity from 6,000 to 32,000 lbs. with lifting heights from 32 to 56 ft.
Gehl offers a Radio Remote Control System that allows a telehandler operator to control boom functions using a compact, wireless remote control pendant from outside the cab, or from within a personnel work platform. The hand-held, solid-state pendant/transmitter can be used to raise, lower, extend and retract the boom, and start and stop the engine. It is available on all DL Series models with the Personnel Work Platform system, and will soon be available on RS Series models.
SkyTrak telehandlers are available with numerous features and attachments for on-the-job productivity. All models include four-wheel drive and steer, +/-10° frame leveling, a four-speed modulated powershift transmission and the Stabil-Trak rear axle stability system. The Model 8042 (shown) has a rated capacity of 8,000 lbs. and a 6,000-lb. capacity at its 42-ft. 11-in. maximum lift height.
The largest of the Liftking telehandlers are the Dynalugger series with capacities from 12,000 to 30,000 lbs. Six-cylinder diesel engines provide sufficient power through the four-speed powershift transmission to both planetary drive axles. In-cab selection of two-wheel, all-wheel or crab steer allows for added maneuverability. The Traverse Action Boom provides up to 6 ft. of precise load placement control by hydraulically shifting the entire boom forward or reverse inch by inch in a smooth, controlled motion without the need to alter boom extension.