The Market Outlook for High Capacity Telehandlers

While the global ecomomy has faced constraints over the recent years, the demand for high-capacity telehandlers continues to grow.  Most of the increased demand for high-capacity telehandlers has to do with the large volume and scope of materials to be handled.  As an example, the continuously growing online consumer market has inspired a wave of big box distribution and warehousing facilities of at least 200,000 square feet - industrial projects of this size use larger building materials that require heavy equipment that can maneuver through busy job sites without compromising lift capacity, creating a greater demand for telehandlers to support the heavy lifting and precise placing of these materials.

future of high capacity telehandlers

In today's marketplace, high-capacity telehandlers are being used to do the work that had previously been done by small rough-terrain cranes, excavators, and forklifts to improve productivity with advantages including maneuverability, speed, lift height and reach.  That's why telehandlers are sought after, they can help users save time and money on the job site by giving operators the ability to accomplish multiple tasks with 1 machine.

The Need for High-Capacity Telehandlers


High-capacity telehandlers are commonly used on general construction sites, especially where crews today are faced with "building up" instead of "building out". These powerful machines' higher lift capacity helps minimize the number of trips required to move heavy materials, while their versatility gives them the ability to move efficiently across the work site for increased productivity.

The demand for much larger, more powerful telehandlers is growing as specialty industries like mining, wind farms, industrial construction, log handling, and waste recycling require telehandlers that can pick and cary heavy loads on job sites.  The growing energy sector has also led to the need for more versatile machines that can handle heavier loads while navigating uneven terrain.

High-Capacity Telehandlers vs Rotating Models


There is a spot for both rotating telehandlers and fixed-boom, high-capacity telehandlers on job sites.   As an example, high-capacity telehandlers are preferred for their pick-and-carry capabilities along with their ability to easily maneuver busy job sites, while rotating telehandlers generally remain stationary providing very high lift capacities for the pick-and-place requirements.  Having both machines on a job site is great for overall productivity that doesn't compromise operator or machine available when the job needs to get done.

Because of their maneuverability, speed and forward reach, there is a trend for higher-capacity telehandlers to replace traditional machines like wheel loaders, where greater reach is needed.  The advantage of high-capacity telehandlers over tradtional equipment are lift height and forward reach, a compact footprint and travel speed.

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High-Capacity Telehandler Portfolio

For many years, higher capacity telehandlers maxed out at a 12,000 pound lift capacity, but today's models, the lifting capacity ranges from 14,000 -  45,000 pounds.  3 popular models include:

The 1644 with a maximum lift capacity of 15,650-lbs (7,098.72 kg)
The 1732 with a maximum lift capacity of 16,755-lbs (7,599.94 kg)
The 2733 with a maximum lift capacity of 26,600-lbs (12,065.56 kg)

JLG® high-capacity telehandlers are the first telehandlers in North America with optional SmartLoad technology. SmartLoad is an advanced bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to deliver a greater level of operator confidence.

The SmartLoad Includes

AUTOMATIC ATTACHMENT RECOGNITION: This recognizes the attachment on the end of the boom and displays the appropriate capacity chart to the operator.

A LOAD MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (LMIS): This graphically depicts the location of the load within the capacity chart, indicates whether the load is compliant and prevents the operator from violating the boundaries of the chart.

A LOAD STABILITY INDICATOR (LSI): This works with the LMIS system to limit operation when the load is nearing the maximum capacity indicated on the capacity chart.

*Real-time data load gives operators increased confidence while fleet owners avoid costly repairs 

Along with this, JLG high-capacity telehandlers are one of the first to include JLG's precision gravity lowering system and a soft stop boom control that slows boom functions at the end of teh cylinder stroke.  They also come equipped with a reverse camera and optional reverse sensing features.

The JLG telehandlers are designed with the operator in mind with spacious cabs and increased visibility, 2-speed hydrostatic transmission and an optional boom float and ride control feature for increased load stability.

As demand for high-capacity telehandlers continues to grow, JLG has continued to focus on delivering features that improve operator confidence and machine versatility.  

A key feature that ws recently introduced on teh new high-capacity telehandler is the remote-control option, which allows operators to control the boom from outside the cab, providing increased visibility during load placement.  Because high-capacity telehandlers are often used to place loads on buildings (such as HVAC units), with remote boom control, operators can place material at height from outside the cab.  It can also potentially eliminate the need for 2 people (1 in the cab and 1 at the location where the material is placed), for increased job site efficiency.  With the remote boom control feature, operators can wirelessly operate the following machine functions:  Engine startup, boom raise/lower, boom extend lift and down and more.  The docking station provides a stable surface to magnetically mount the remote-control box.

Accessories for Productivity


Attachments are one of the main factors that contribute to a high-capacity telehandler’s increased productivity over other machines. While a standard fork and carriage is the most popular telehandler attachment, many other application-specific attachments are available. Attachment options for JLG high-capacity telehandlers include:

Bale Clamp
Bale Cradle
Dual Fork Positioning Carriage
Pallet Forks
Side-Shift Carriage with Dual Fork Positioning
Standard Carriage Forks
Log Handler
Pipe Grapple
Coupler Mounted Hook
Material Handling Arm
General Purpose Bucket
Grapple Bucket
Light Material Bucket
Multi-Purpose 4-in-1 Bucket
Coupler Mounted Winch
Steel Coil Handler

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