Gehl (a division of Manitou) has launched four new improved third generation telescopic handler models for the North American market with maximum lift capacities from 4,660 kg to 5,443 kg and maximum lift heights from 412.3 metres to 16.9 metres. The new models are powered with a 120 hp Tier 4 Cummins QSF 3.8 litre engine and a Dana four-speed powershift transmission. The higher capacity models have standard front stabilisers and boom tip auxiliary hydraulic lines, both of which are available as options on the two lower capacity models.
The new Gehl DL Gen:3 Series models feature a single joystick control for boom extension and retraction, attachment tilt, auxiliary hydraulics as well as forward, neutral and reverse. The all-in-one joystick allows the operator to control all machine functions with one hand while leaving the other hand on the steering wheel.
Steve Kiskunas, product manager of telescopic handlers for Manitou Group said that their all-in-one joystick allows the operator to control all the boom functions as well as forward, neutral and reverse with one hand, which greatly improves efficiency and precision. The new Gen:3 models cover a full range of capacities, lift heights and attachments that make them equipped to handle demanding job sites. As well, four-wheel drive is a standard feature with operator selectable four-wheel, two-wheel and crab steering.
Three types of attachment systems make it quick and easy for the operator to switch between applications — the narrow Dynattach, which has an automatic locking system, the Dynacarrier with wider support of the attachment or Dynacarrier with hydraulic locking quick attach.
In terms of safety and visibility, the telehandlers boast ample visibility and large cabs for optimal comfort. Angled boom supports on the frame maximize operator sight lines to the rear of the machine. An open boom tip design increases visibility to the fork tips.
It is clear that more Manitou technology and influence is creeping into the Gehl machines, which on the surface of it looks like a good thing. It would also make sense for the company to have just one range of telehandler for the USA.