Telehandlers are the go-to piece of equipment when materials need to be moved around a jobsite or through a facility. Recognizing the important role they play, JLG Industries, Inc. redesigned its line of telehandlers to be more comfortable and serviceable and to enhance operator confidence, ultimately improving jobsite productivity.
For operators looking for a more comfortable experience, the new models offer a more spacious cab with an integrated armrest to reduce fatigue, meaning increased productivity.
Additional changes to the cab enhance safety. The space is engineered to deliver better visibility in all directions. Operator sight lines are further improved by the use of a single compensation and lift cylinder. The telehandler also offers optional equipment, such as the industry’s first reverse sensing system, a rearview camera, and ride control for better load stability on rough terrain. In addition, JLG’s Stabil-Trak rear axle stabilization (RAS) system automatically switches the machine from a 3-point stance to a 4-point stance, improving operator confidence when lifting a load.
JLG telehandlers find other ways to boost operator confidence. Control is at the operator’s fingertips thanks to a single intuitive joystick that operates all boom functions, auxiliary hydraulics, and standard declutch. Operators will also appreciate a new control panel that reduces complexity and improves information delivery. Additionally, an optional multifunctional display provides integrated electronic load charts, onboard diagnostics, and analyzer capabilities.
The redesigned telehandlers also offer a durable solution to challenging jobsites. Fleet owners will spend less time repairing or replacing damaged hoods on the job thanks to JLG’s DuraTough hoods. Made from a stout, yet flexible polymer, these hoods will not ding like steel and are not as brittle as ABS. DuraTough hoods are also more heat resistant than ABS.
Where heavy loads are a concern, JLG telehandlers offer an ultra-strong boom that lifts these loads higher and farther. Telehandler tires also impact durability and reliability. JLG relies on Firestone DuraForce MH tires, which are less susceptible to sidewall damage and last up to three times longer than Firestone SGG telehandler tires.
Changes in the design of JLG telehandlers also make the machines easier to maintain, so telehandlers spend more time on the job and less time off the clock for routine maintenance. Technicians are able to access engine parts and other serviceable components quickly to keep machines running at peak performance on the jobsite. A single compensation and lift cylinder mean there are less components to maintain. Additionally, by mounting the external telescope cylinder on top of the boom, the telehandler is less susceptible to damage, while providing easier access for service. The side-mounted engine also makes filters and parts more accessible. Finally, remote diagnostics make it possible to quickly and easily troubleshoot equipment from up to 150 feet away.
JLG telehandlers also address environmental concerns. Their fuel-efficient Tier 4 Final Cummins QSF diesel engines achieve greater levels of fuel efficiency with less environmental impact. As a result, operators will find they are able to move more materials more efficiently.
Operators will also appreciate the versatility of these machines, which allows operators access to a variety of jobsites and assignments. Unlike forklifts, which rely on a vertical mast to move loads, JLG telehandlers feature telescoping booms, allowing them to deliver materials to heights of 55 feet and carry loads of 15,000 pounds, making them especially useful during renovation and construction projects.
Smaller compact telehandlers offer tight turning radii and low profiles for outstanding maneuverability in confined spaces. With lift heights as high as 18 feet, outreach up to 11 feet, and carrying capacities of up to 5,500 pounds, they are well-suited for indoor maintenance activities.
Terrainability is not an issue thanks to a powertrain that is equipped with a transmission and axles that provide a smooth ride, and up to 18 inches of ground clearance provides more room to travel over debris. The telehandlers also offer three distinct steering modes that make it possible to maneuver around crowded areas and work around obstacles.
The versatility of these machines is enhanced by a variety of attachments that fit on the end of the boom. The newest telehandler attachments include: a pipe grapple, designed to handle multiple pipes or a larger single pipe; a material handling arm, designed for lifting and placing objects around the job site; a trash hopper, for collecting trash on the jobsite, with automatic opening and self-closing; a 3-foot truss with winch that allows operators to set trusses and wall sections for wood and steel building construction; and a coupler-mounted lifting hook, for lifting and lowering objects.
The list of other popular attachments includes:

  • Fork carriages: Come in a variety of widths and offer varying degrees of rotation and side tilt, as well as numerous fork options
  • Truss boom: Move suspended loads and heavy, bulky materials
  • Buckets: Scoop and carry large volumes of loose materials or waste
    Work platforms: Lift people and tools
  • Pallet fork: Features a rugged design that makes it easier to handle heavy palletized material
  • Lifting hook: Adds versatility to any standard carriage by lifting and lowering objects without changing attachments

Telehandlers provide contractors and construction supervisors with multiple options to help them complete a variety of tasks. By identifying the nature of the work and matching it to a particular model, operators can tackle a job, confident in their ability to safely accomplish the work before them in a way that improves efficiency and productivity and positively impacts their bottom line. ■
For More Information:  JLG Industries, Inc. is a world-leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of access equipment. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes leading brands such as JLG® aerial work platforms; JLG and SkyTrak® telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. JLG is an Oshkosh Corporation company. For more information, visit
Modern Contractor Solutions – August 2016
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