Telehandlers are pushing the boundaries when it comes to operator safety, comfort and control. New engine emission laws have concentrated the minds of manufacturers too. Euan Youdale reports.
Memories of Bauma may have melted into the distant past for some, but it is worth revisiting to remind ourselves of the wealth of new telehandlers on show, and because they represent a new era in design and operator friendliness.
Redesigns from Genie
Terex AWP launched the Genie GTH-844 in January 2013, and began production of the Genie GTH-1544 in July for the ANSI market.
Additionally, the European range of Genie Compact, High Reach and Rotating Telehandlers feature four newly redesigned models: the compact GTH-2506, high reach GTH-4014 and GTH-4018, plus the latest rotating model, the GTH-5021R, combine the most compact dimensions and tightest turning radius in their respective classes to manoeuver in confined spaces, claims the manufacturer.
“The Genie GTH-844 and the GTH-1544 are new from the ground up. Both models feature Tier 4 interim engines, new and stronger frames and booms, quick attach carriages for fast installation of the latest attachments, ergonomically designed operator stations, side mounted engine compartments which help to facilitate great visibility, and the latest, most efficient hydraulic systems,” says Scott Krieger, senior product manager, booms and telehandlers.
“The 540-200 has been designed with the customer firmly in mind and will satisfy a demand for increased lift heights and forward reach capabilities from construction and industrial customers, said ” JCB chief innovation officer Tim Burnhope
The boom of the 540-200 has been specifically designed for the construction market, using lighter, higher grade material to improve the capacity of the machine at reach.
It utilises a 5-stage boom to bring machine length down to a minimum and maximise site manoeuvrability. The boom is driven by an internal extension ram and chain system, providing proportional extension of the boom. This means boom extension markers are only needed on the first intermediate boom, making the machine easier to use.