Telehandlers – Boom time

20 April 2016

Caterpillar's TH3510D

Caterpillar's TH3510D

The shadow of the biggest construction industry show, Bauma, has been hanging over the industry, as it presented a massive opportunity for manufacturers to launch new machines.

In the telescopic handler sector, there are several introductions. Caterpillar, for example, is launching a new telehandler model at Bauma.

The new Cat TH3510D telehandler, with a rated load capacity of 3,500kg and maximum lift height of 9,800mm, is said to feature a compact design for optimum job site manoeuvrability and a three-section hydraulic boom with a low pivot pin mounting for maximum all-round visibility.

Cat said the new model combined “field-proven Cat drive line components with a simple, highly efficient gear-pump hydraulic system to deliver long-term durability and reliable performance at low operating costs”.

The TH3510D uses a new Cat C3.4B diesel engine rated at 75kW which meets Stage IV emission standards and is said to be fuel efficient.

A Cat four-speed power-shift transmission drives both of the TH3510D axles for permanent four-wheel drive. A limited-slip differential in the front axle further is said to help traction in wet conditions.

Oil-immersed dual axle disc brakes are used, and a parking brake works in conjunction with the front brakes.

The braking system is designed to provide trouble-free performance in the harshest operating conditions.

Cat claimed the TH3510D operator’s station was designed for simplicity and durability, with all hydraulic functions controlled by a single lever joystick with F-N-R, allowing simultaneous drive and boom functions.

Switches are clustered by function, and a new instrument panel and dash are said to allow at-a-glance monitoring of machine performance. An optional advanced display monitor provides load charts as well as the feed from the rear view camera when activated. It can also be used to set operator preferences and perform diagnostic checks.

The TH3510D is fitted with a standard Cat Integrated Tool carrier (IT) quick coupler that is compatible with the entire Cat telehandler range. An optional hydraulically operated coupler is available.

Additional options for the TH3510D include reversing sensors, a load weighing system, and a Load Management Indicator System (LMIS) for regions requiring it.

Easy serviceability helps reduce the TH3510D overall cost of ownership, according to Cat, with all routine service points accessible from ground level, and daily maintenance limited to fluid-level checks and a walk-around inspection.

Major step forward

Bobcat has launched its new EVO generation of Stage IIIB rotary telescopic handlers, which it said provided a major step forward in the design of rotary telehandler products worldwide.

The new EVO range from Bobcat comprises four models – the TR38160, TR50190, TR50210 and TR40250 – providing maximum lifting heights of 15.7, 18.7, 20.5 and 24.1m.

The new telehandlers are said to have been designed as easy-to-use machines, combining more comfortable and safer operation with the latest developments in the field and a wide range of new features, offering higher performance and increased productivity.

The TR38160 EVO model is powered by the Kubota V-3800 DI T 3.8 litre four-cylinder Stage IIIB-compliant diesel engine providing 74.5kW of power at a rated speed of 2,600rpm. The new telehandler offers a maximum lifting capacity of 3.8 tonnes and a maximum horizontal reach of 13.4m.

The TR50190, TR50210 and TR40250 models are powered by the FPT-NEF Series 4.5L Stage IIIB diesel engine with an output of 105kW. The TR50190 and TR50210 models both have a lift capacity of 5.0 tonnes, while the TR40250 telehandler has a lift capacity of 4.0 tonnes. The maximum horizontal reach in the three models is 16.4, 18.0 and 20.5m.

The 400° rotating capability of the TR38160 model and the 360° turntable rotation available in the TR50190, TR50210 and TR40250 telehandlers allow the machines to serve the needs of an entire site from just one position, said Bobcat.

An auto wheel alignment feature, which is optional on the TR38160 model and standard on the other three models, allows the operator to change the steering modes, and Bobcat said the three auto-alignment steering modes provided excellent manoeuvrability, even in tight and difficult working environments.

The stabilisers have both individual and all-at-once activation to help ensure machine stability in all types of terrain. Full operation control for the stabilisers and position indicators are provided on the control panel.

Bobcat has launched a new standard three-year warranty for the complete range of its rigid telehandlers manufactured at the company’s plant at Pontchâteau in Loire Atlantique in France.

The warranty will be available as standard in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on all the models in the Bobcat telehandler range from the T2250 5m telehandler to the top-of-the-range T40180 18m model.

The Pontchâteau plant produces all of Bobcat’s rigid telehandlers with the design, development, production and sales organisations all based at the plant. Currently, the Pontchâteau site produces 14 different Bobcat telehandler models, with lifting heights from 5 to 18m.

Total control

Italian telehandler manufacturer Dieci has developed a radio-controlled system that is said to allow the total control of the vehicle without the driver on board.

The system consists of a portable control console, with a range of over 30m and featuring joystick and selection switches, that includes all control functions of the machine – steering wheel, steering mode, direction of travel, speed, boom and equipment control, and also frame leveling and tilting system.

Dieci said a wide format display in a central position on the console allowed the operator always to have all the operating parameters of the vehicle under control. These include fluid and fuel levels, battery charge, data relating to speed and engine rpm, boom extension and position and its load control.

Even without an operator on board, safety was still important, said Dieci. With a centered joystick, the system automatically engages the parking brakes, avoiding unwanted start-ups that it said could cause accidental collisions. An emergency stop button that instantly stops all machine functions is in full view and accessible, it said.

The radio remote control can be installed on all Hercules 190 and 210 models.

The Hercules 190.10 is part of the company’s heavy duty vehicles range. The maximum lifting height is 10.20m, and the maximum capacity is 19,000kg. It is equipped with a FTP Stage 3B engine capable of developing 129kw of power.

The hydrostatic transmission is equipped with a third central differential, which it is possible to lock, if necessary.

The lifting equipment includes a proportional distributor with electronic control load-sensing-flow sharing, with 170 litres/m and 350 bar pressure variable displacement pump. It has a boom raising regenerative system, which increases the empty boom lifting speed.

The machine’s inching pedal, said to be a Dieci exclusive, allows the machine run at slow speed with engine at full throttle.

Dieci is launching its Pegasus 45.30 at Bauma. The 30m working height machine incorporates new characteristics which are said to increase its performance, starting with the four-cylinder 127kW FPT Stage IV engine with aftercooler. Its hydraulic and fuel tanks have been increased in size, allowing greater periods between refuelling.

Dieci has also been extending its production through a new partnership with Haulotte which it announced last year. It started with a prototype of the first in the High Lift range, the HTL 5210. It has a lift capacity of 5.2 tonnes up to 10m and a maximum forward reach of 3.5 tonnes at 5.8m with the use of the stabilisers.

Two further models will be announced at Bauma, both of which will be produced by Dieci and sold by Haulotte with its branding. The HTL6508 and HTL7210 complete the High Lift range, and have lift capacities without stabilisers of 6.5 tonnes up to 7.7m, and 7.2 tonnes up to 9.5m.

Designed for handling bulky and heavy loads, the HTL6508 and HTL7210 are adapted in particular for extraction industries, like mining, and civil engineering works, as well as for pick and carry operations. They include pothole guards with a cut off system and a limited slip differential on the front axle and the cab, as well as an inching pedal for smooth and precise forward movements.

Following in the footsteps

Bauma will see Magni launch the 38.7m working height Magni RTH 5.39S.

The company said it followed in the footsteps of a smaller model, the 35m RTH 5.35S, which was launched last year.

The RTH 5.39S has a maximum lifting capacity of 2 tonnes and has a patented six-section boom. Its extension system has been developed to provide a good load capacity at wide horizontal reach. In fact, the fifth section does not start telescoping until the boom reaches a 45° inclination. Magni said this ensured the load capacity of the machine was not reduced too much. This is not an issue when the boom is vertical as the load remains close to the machine’s centre of gravity.

Merlo will be extending its range at the show with a 35m working height, topping out its 14-strong Roto range.

The model has not yet been named but it will have more than 6 tonnes lifting capacity and the same chassis as previous models. The last update to the Roto series was in 2011 with a 30m height model.

Merlo is adding to its Panoramic range too, with the launch of another fixed model with four stabilisers. The plan is to produce a compact, low profile version – 2.02m height x 2.12m width and with a 3 tonne capacity. The maximum boom height will be 10m.

Hybrid technology is also being introduced at the company. It was first added to the company’s agricultural machines around five months ago. Now it is set to launch a construction version, the TF38.10 TT Hybrid before it is then integrated into the Roto and Panoramic series, for any applications where reduced noise is required.

Manitou has been developing its aerial work platform (AWP) range alongside its main offering of telehandlers for some years, and is now specifically launching a telehandler with an AWP basket.

The MT 625 HA has two available platform attachments, one 1.2m wide option with 200kg capacity and a 2m wide, 365kg basket for up to three people.

New models on the manufacturer’s stand will also include the MRT 2150 and 2550 with increased of capacities of up to 5 tonnes and lifting heights of 20.6m and 24.6m. In addition, there are new stabilisers for more outreach capacity and adaptive load chart according to length, as well as better visibility on the right of the cab with the lower position of the boom.

A new range will be represented in the two MT Easy models. The first, MT 1030 Easy has a lifting height of 9.98m with stabilisers and a capacity of 3 tonnes. Adapted for customers in construction it is designed to be compact with dimensions of 2.34m wide x 2.30m high, with an overall length of 4.99m.

The second in the range is the MT 1840 Easy, with a lifting height of 17.55m on stabilisers and capacity of 4 tonnes.

Big brother

Genie will launch the compact GTH-3007 compact telehandler at Bauma – a heavier lifting, higher reaching brother of the Genie GTH-2506 compact telehandler.

It boasts a maximum lift capacity of 3,000kg, a vertical reach capacity of 2,500kg at a maximum height of 7m, and a horizontal reach capacity of 1,000kg at 4m.

Coupled with a low 2.55m inside turning radius and high 45cm ground clearance, its compact dimensions offer a machine length at front wheels of 4.06m, a machine width of 2m and a machine height of 2.07m.

JLG’s 2505H is described as a versatile and compact machine with a small turning radius and good lift capacity. The telehandler features a maximum lift capacity of 2,500kg, maximum lift height of 5.60m, and maximum reach of 3.30m.

Bauma will provide a preview of the company’s 3510PS – a new 3,500kg lift capacity and 9.8m lift height telehandler. The 3510PS is likely to be seen on the market in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The JLG 3614RS and 4017RS telehandlers are now said to offer added comfort, improved serviceability, and a lower cost of ownership.

The company said this was a result of a cab design that allowed operators to adapt quickly to the equipment, a proven power train for increased reliability, and a simplified boom design that required less service and provided easy access.

The 3614RS has a maximum lift capacity of 3,600kg, a maximum reach of 10m, and a maximum lift height of 14m.

The 4017RS has a maximum lift capacity of 4000kg, a maximum reach of 13m, and a maximum lift height of 17.10m.

The 4017RS will be a special German version with a 55kW engine and is road legal.

Also at Bauma, Ausa said its Taurulift T144 H and the T235 H models would be on show, with the former able to load 1.35 tonnes to a maximum height of 3.9m, and the latter able to load 2.3 tonnes.

JCB has added a fourth model to its HiViz telescopic handler range. The 540-140 HiViz offers a 4,000kg maximum lift capacity with a maximum lift height of 13.47m on wheels, or 13.78m when using stabilisers.

The HiViz machine is equipped with a choice of Tier 4 Final diesel engines.

Giant machinery, meanwhile, said it would show its telescopic wheeled loaders, and telehandlers at the exhibition.

The V761T Tele is said to be the largest giant telescopic wheeled loader available. Powered by a 56.7kW Deutz engine, the machine complies with Stage IIIB off-highway diesel emissions standards.

US manufacturer Pettibone’s new 1157B is the highest reaching telehandler in the company’s Extendo product line.

Delivering a maximum load capacity of nearly 5,000kg, the Extendo 1157B provides forward reach up to 12.8m, and a maximum lift height of 17.4m.

Single joystick, pilot operated controls are said to allow for smooth control of all boom and auxiliary hydraulics. For operation in tight areas, the 1157B offers four-wheel, two-wheel and crab steering modes, and has a turning radius of 3.8m. The unit is exceptionally powerful, yet compact enough to fit under a 2.4m doorway.

The 1157B is powered by a fuel-efficient, 87kW Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final turbo diesel engine, featuring electronic control and protection with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) aftertreatment.

A Parker IQAN-MD3 display provides instant engine and aftertreatment diagnostics. The machine’s fully modulated Carraro Powershift transmission offers four speeds, forward and reverse.

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