As the first production versions of Skyjack's new telescopic booms arrive on sites in North America, Murray Pollok talks to the company's Dave Stewart about the new range, and plans for other products.
Manitou will launch into the US its 16 t capacity, 10 m lift height MHT 10160 telescopic handler at Conexpo in Las Vegas this March. The French company said the machine, manufactured in Italy, is the largest rough-terrain telehandler on the market.
Caterpillar is releasing its 2.5 t lift capacity, super compact telehandler, the TH 255, which is a version of JLG's G5-18A (see lead story). The TH 255 debuted in the US at the World of Concrete Show last month and will launch in Europe at Italy's Samoter in March. The handler is made for Cat by JLG through its global telehandler manufacturing alliance.
The North American market has certainly attracted European manufacturers. For example, Case has launched the 3.3 t lift capacity, 12.8 m lift height TX742; the 3.6 t, 12.8 m heightTX842; and the 4.1 t, 13.7 m TX945 models. The company said it anticipates the 3.6 t model will be the most popular in that market.
Komatsu Utility Europe has created a dedicated production line for telehandlers at its Este facility in northern Italy and said it hoped the increased production capacity would allow it to manufacture over 1000 units next year.
The latest French–manufactured telehandler from Ingersoll Rand's Bobcat business – is the small T2250 which combines the features of a telehandler with those of a skid–steer loader and articulated wheeled loader.
Easy to transport, cheaper to buy and highly maneuverable, the compact handler is one of the fastest growing sectors of the telehandler market. John Wyatt talks to manufacturers and rental yards about the strengths of the mini handlers.
Italian manufacturer Faresin Handlers has revealed the prototype for two rotating boom models, the Storm 18.45 and 15.45. The machines, which weigh 14500 kg, have a maximum lift capacity of 4.5 t and can lift 3 t to their maximum lifting heights of 18 m and 15 m.
Skyjack has agreed to buy Canadian telehandler manufacturer Care Lift Equipment, based in Breslau, Ontario, for an undisclosed sum. Skyjack says the Carelift products complement its own scissor and boom lifts well, allowing it to offer a fuller range of machines to rental companies.
Case has launched three of its Italian-made telehandlers in North America. The three are 7000 lb (3,2 t), 8000 lb (3,6 t) and 9000 lb (4,0 t) models (TX742, TX842 and TX945) with 42 ft (12,8 m) and 45 ft (13,7 m) reaches.