“Telehandlers offer great flexibility,” says Heath Watton, branch manager for rental dealer Southeastern Equipment, Cambridge, Ohio. “They handle multiple attachments, including jib booms, auger heads and swing carriages.” This versatility has made the 10,000-pound-plus units the darling of the oil shale business in Watton’s territory of eastern Ohio, where he carries the JLG, Skytrak and Genie lines. “You see them doing everything, from unloading trucks, to lifting to craning. It’s one of the rental industry’s biggest draws.”
Chad Hislop with Genie echoes Watton: “If you go into the oil and shale development areas of west Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota, there’s a telehandler on every drill site.”
“We also see tremendous use of telehandlers in industrial settings and road and bridge construction,” Watton says. Other strong markets for rented telehandlers include commercial and industrial construction, adds Steven Kiskunas with Gehl.
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