The telehandler originated in the 20th century. It has gone through evolution and manufacturers continued to build on the design and functionality of the telehandler, increasing its load capacity, boom reach and stability. Now, telehandlers have a variety of types and an ever-wider variety of attachments that can be used with them. When you have a telehandler on your industrial or construction site you can move pallets, lift equipment, carry loose materials etc.
Telehandlers in India
Telehandlers in India are foreseeing demand in the construction sites, infra project sites, heavy industrial plants, mining, airports, metros, oil & gas,road construction, tunneling, container stuffing, waste management and many other industries. Having the capacity for several attachments, they are finding demand in manufacturing and mineral processing industries. The growth of the Indian market is being driven by telehandlers with the 3-tonne lift load capacity and 7 to 17 metres lift height.
The newer models now come with various attachments that can handle loads such as soil, sand, gravel, stone chips, loose metals etc. They come with a range of attachments such as the pallet fork, winch, jib and crane, re-handling multi-purpose buckets, etc. The list of attachments is evolving all the time as it continues to find newer application areas. The manufacturers are also giving an imperative focus on the Load management System for safety in their telehandlers in the most rugged of terrains. The telehandlers now come with load gauges, hose burst protection, FOPS and ROPS making it work more safely on undulated sites.
Technological advancements of telehandlers in India
The technology used in telehandlers is getting updated with time. This has been propelled by the R&D efforts by different manufacturers to enhance safety and productivity. The emission norms are also being adhered to the latest requirements. The transition from BS(III) to CEV Stage IV Emission Standards required a significant step-change in technology. Given below are different types of telehandlers models available with technological up-gradation for serving different project needs.
Telehandlers with an improved load capacity
The latest models of telehandlers have a material lift capacity of 3600kg. It can reach with a maximum height of 13.60 meters and come forward upto 9.80 metres to execute the job. If there requirements work for additional height attachments can be used to complete the task.
Its features include proportional control of all movements, hydrostatic steering and rough terrain capabilities, which provide precise maneuverability and flexibility. It is most suited for all types of applications in the heavy construction, mining, oil, ports, and recycling sectors. The stabilizers included in the standard configuration of the telehandlers ensure an excellent horizontal outreach. The rear axle locking system enables greater lateral stability for a very high load rating performance for the upper section. The models are easy to operate on non-stabilized surfaces. They also come with Hydrostatic transmission and simultaneous and proportional controls for boom / telescopic arm/excavation and accessories movements.
Telehandlers with a better turning radius
The newer models come with a 3.90 m turning radius and a ground clearance (38 cm). With a lifting capacity of 4 tonnes, the boom can extend to up to 7.8 m. A 96 hp engine gives you power with low fuel consumption. The telescopic arm passes above obstacles and enables you to move your load safely. It also allows you to move suspended loads using an assortment of jibs and cranes. The drawbar pull and breakout force allow the telehandlers to level the ground and clear excess soil and waste. Bucket attachments allow you to scoop up and dump various types of content easily. The handling of loads within narrow areas has been made very simple with the different steering modes such as the Crab mode, 4 Wheel drive, and 2 Wheel Drive. Braking on all 4 wheels, inbuilt safety systems etc. These telehandlers are used for medium-height work sites.
Telehandlers with a single boom auxiliary
Telehandlers are now fitted with a single boom auxiliary feature that comes with a wide range of attachments. Various control patterns are also available, depending on different applications. Telehanndle’s robust structure ensures maximum strength in heavy-duty applications. It also has safety features such as ROPS / FOPS cabin, Load Moment indicator with alarm, Hose Burst Check Valves, Stabilizers, and 4 Wheeled Drive for better traction. Integral LMI (Load Moment Indicator) in the telehandlers displays the load through the range, and warns the operator by visual and audio warnings in the event of the load exceeding the limit with a large easy to view inclinometer showing the machine’s angle. It also comes with a variety of attachments such as the General Purpose Shovel, Heavy Duty Forks, Bucket with Grab, CraneHook, Grain Bucket, Power Grab, Man Platform and Drum Handlers.
Telehandlers with Pick-and-Carry features
The latest models of telehandlers come with Pick-and-Carry features that use long telescopic booms for critical load handling work at height. The possibility of fitting a wide range of mechanical and hydraulic attachments helps these machines to work as powerful tools for every load handling situation. Telehandlers are compact, extremely maneuverable and can be used in difficult-to-reach places. It is suitable for quickly and easily transporting and moving materials. It also features technologies that include an air-conditioned cab, air filtration; and a touch-screen interface. These models are suitable for activities that present an increased chance of polluted ambient air such as activities with polluted soil and work in tunnels.
Ultra-Compact telehandler for landscaping
There are now models to address telehandlers to meet the needs of landscapers, small industrial work and agricultural applications. The machine weighs approximately 5,300 lbs. with a load capacity of 2,700 lbs. and a 13-ft. lift height. Its lightweight allows for transport on small tow-behind trailers. The ultra-compact telehandler offers better reach into truck beds and trailers and over obstacles, in addition to better lift height for single-storey houses and dump trucks. The cab design is spacious, and the placement of the boom gives operators a 360-degree view. It comes with a variety of options, including open and fully enclosed cabs, a cold-weather package, work lights, a universal skid steer coupler etc.
Discussed below are technological advancements of different telehandlers models to cater to the market demand. Manufacturers are laying more emphasis on extending features such as account weight, boom angle, and height.