Product Focus: Telehandlers
| December 01, 2012
Manitou’s MHT 10180 and MHT 10225 telehandlers are designed to handle heavy, bulky loads in mining, quarrying, heavy construction and steel erection applications. The MHT 10180 replaced the MHT 10160, and features 39,683 pounds of lift capacity and a maximum lift height of 31 feet, 10 inches. The MHT 10225 replaced the MHT 10210 and Manitou says it is the highest capacity rough terrain telescopic handler in the world with a lift capacity of over 49,604 pounds and a 31-foot, 10-inch lift height. Standard features across Manitou’s North American lineup include a fully-enclosed cab with heater and defroster, and a high output, load sensing hydraulic system capable of performing three simultaneous movements with no loss of speed. A wide range of attachments are available, including Manitou’s off-road tire clamp. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
JLG ‘s G5-18A telehandler now features a Tier 4 engine alongside improvements including a single-piece hood and hood latch system, enhanced visibility and improved cooling. The machine features a 5,500-pound maximum lifting capacity and a 1,850-pound capacity at its fully extended reach of 11 feet. With a 126-inch turning radius, the G5-18A is great for work in cramped spaces. The stowed height of the machine is just over 6 feet, making jobs with overhead height restrictions like parking garage construction easier. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
Telehandler purchasing tips
Keep these things in mind when purchasing a telehandler:
• Make a list of all the jobs you’ll need the machine to handle over the course of a project. “You want a machine that will run a broad spectrum of tools,” Wayne Goodall, Cat telehandler specialist, says. That list will also help you better understand the maximum height, forward reach and capacity you require. Ryan Ford, Manitou telehandler specialist, even suggests looking five years into the future and anticipating how your needs might change.
• Attachments must also be considered, Ford says. “Many times the telescopic handler is the first machine on the jobsite and the last one off. The carriage and fork choice is important,” he says. “Your attachment options are expanded with the added auxiliary feature, improving your job efficiency and enhancing your machines versatility.” Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
Caterpillar’s TH407C telehandler features a new Cat powershift transmission, electro-hydraulic joystick and a redesigned cooling system. The machine features a maximum lifting capacity of 8,150 pounds and a maximum lift height of 24 feet, while Cat’s intelligent boom suspension stabilizes the entire ride. Three engine options are available in 100, 124 and 142 horsepower. While a manual IT coupler comes standard, an optional hydraulic quick coupler allows attachment changes without having to leave the cab. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
Gehl’s new RS Series telehandlers are now powered by Tier 4 Interim-compliant engines but offer the same performance as previous models, including welded box-section booms that can handle high lift capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds and lift heights over 55 feet. With the RS Series’s compact design, operators can expect a highly maneuverable machine in cramped work spaces, while enjoying the comfort of a large cab. Gehl RS Series models RS6-42, RS8-42, RS8-44, RS10-44, RS10-55 and RS12-42 are powered by a 115-horsepower John Deere PowerTech PWX engine. Meanwhile, the Gehl RS6-34 is powered by a 74-horsepower John Deere PowerTech M engine and the RS5-19 is equipped with a 68-horsepower Yanmar engine, which uses EGR technology. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
Gehl Product Training Specialist John Rau stresses the importance of telehandler safety with these operating tips:
• A telehandler operator should be certified for forklift operations. Each day before startup, the operator needs to perform a maintenance check and a function test of all the controls. “They need to be familiar with what the machine is capable of, such as lift capacity and how high it can lift, and they need to have a clear understanding of how the controls function,” Rau says.
• When lifting and lowering loads, make sure the attachment is fully engaged with the load. Always reference the proper load chart when elevating any load to make sure the machine is operated inside the correct load zone.
• The load should be cradled enough so it does not come off, but not curled so far back that the self-level feature – which most telescopic handlers are equipped with – cannot work.
• When getting ready to elevate and place a load, the machine should be placed in neutral and the parking brake applied. Then, level the telescopic handler laterally if it is equipped with frame level. Finally, make sure the landing spot is clear and safe to place a load on.
Genie’s GTH-844 went into production a few months back and the company calls it “a new machine from stem to stern.” The new Tier 4 Interim-compliant diesel engine (from either Deutz or Perkins) has been relocated from the center-rear position of the previous model to a right-side mount. Other improvements include a redesigned operator’s station and a narrower, 96-inch width over the previous model. The GTH-844 is a 25,000-pound machine with a maximum lift height of 44 feet with a maximum reach of 28 feet. Gross lifting capacity tops out at 8,000 pounds, lift capacity at maximum height is 6,000 pounds and the capacity at max reach is 2,000 pounds.Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
The Bobcat V417 VersaHandler TTC is the fourth model in the VersaHandler line and the first to offer the company’s Bob-Tach attachment mounting system. Certain attachments for Bobcat’s large-frame skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loaders can be used with the V417. The V417 TTC features a 75-horsepower, turbocharged engine, 17 feet of lift height and a 4,400-pound load capacity. Additionally, the V417 includes a universal joystick for precise control of attachment functions, boom extension and retraction, auxiliary hydraulics and boom float. For enhanced productivity, operators can set the boom to automatically follow the ground contour when backfilling or grading with the boom float feature. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com
JCB’s 512-56 Loadall is its largest and strongest telehandler and now features a Tier 4 Interim-compliant, Ecomax engine. Because there’s no diesel particulate filter to service in the Ecomax engine, no ad blue tank to fill and no increase in running costs or lost productivity on the job site, JCB says this is a Tier 4 solution with no need for an aftertreatment. It also allows JCB’s dealers to sell kits to recalibrate the telehandler’s engine back to previous emissions standards if need be. The 512-56 Loadall has a maximum lift capacity of 12,000 pounds up to a height of 56 feet. The 512-56’s boom is positioned high for optimum operator visibility. A hydraulic cylinder mounted underneath the outer boom extends the boom’s intermediate section, with chains for second and third stages. Text INFO to 205-289-3715 or visit www.eqwinfo.com