Manitou Zoom Boom
Telehandlers over the last decade, is also known as variable reach rough terrain lift truck, has gained great popularity in the material handling business. With good reason, these particular machines have become the gem of the construction industry. These equipment are versatile, really strong and practical. Because several manufacturers and models has exploded during the last 5 years or so, there are now a number of these machines readily available on the market.
In technical terms, a telehandler is considered to be an ITA* Class 7 Powered Industrial Truck. This description means it is a rough terrain forklift, but just in name only. Any of the similarities between a telehandler and a vertical mast type forklift literally ends on operation and on sight. There are several other significant distinctions between the two machinery discussed below.
Compared to a vertical mast, a telehandler has a completely different look as it is designed with a horizontal boom. A telehandler with a jib attachment from a distance could resemble more of a crane than a lift truck. The boom could telescope or retract and extend to lengths of 30 feet and beyond which depends on the particular unit. The boom can also elevate to an angle from horizontal to around 70 degrees. Telehandlers have been called "zoom booms" because of their ability to telescope. This name has become rather popular with the operators.
One more optional boom related function is known as a "Transaction". The telehandler outfitted with this option mounted on the chassis. When the operator starts it, the boom would move back and forward for distances up to 8 feet or more. Amongst the main benefits of this function is that it allows the forks to be cleanly withdrawn from a cargo and the forks can be inserted under cleanly, regardless of the boom angle.
The construction business have been changed by zoom booms. They can accomplish numerous tasks which used to take a lot more man-power and time to do.
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