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Completely Redesigned JLG Telehandler Line Debuts

The new JLG telehandlers are designed to be more comfortable, more serviceable, and to enhance operator confidence.

Wed March 11, 2015 - National Edition

JLG Industries Inc. has completely redesigned its line of JLG brand telehandlers.

The new JLG telehandlers are designed to be more comfortable, more serviceable, and to enhance operator confidence.

"This launch represents a quantum step forward in telehandler design and engineering," said Brian Boeckman, JLG Industries' global product director of telehandlers. "We've re-thought every aspect of machine operation and service. We've used input from rental houses, fleet managers and business owners. The results are machines that exceed our customers' expectations."

The innovations are common across the JLG line and include the 642, 943, 1043, 1055 and 1255.

The new models were designed with the operator's comfort in mind. A new cab layout and new control panel reduce complexity and improve information delivery. Each model features a single joystick controller and a multifunction gauge package. The joystick includes declutch/transmission neutral and carriage tilt functions, as well as boom lift and telescope. Comfort enhancements reduce operator fatigue to improve productivity. The cab is spacious and engineered to deliver better visibility in all directions. Operator sight lines are further improved by the use of a single compensation and lift cylinder, according to the manufacturer.

Additional Features

The single cylinder also reduces the number of parts to maintain, which can simplify maintenance. The external telescope cylinder is now mounted on top of the boom, making it less susceptible to damage and easier to service.

A rear axle stabilization (RAS) system automatically switches the machine from a 3-point stance to a 4-point stance, improving handling in tough environments so operators can feel more confident behind the wheel.

Optional equipment, including a reverse sensing system, can further enhance operator confidence. Other options include:

  • Rearview camera with multipurpose display that shows integrated electronic load charts, diagnostics and analyzer functions
  • Ride control for better load stability on rough terrain

The newly designed hoods feature new materials. JLG's Dura Tough hoods are made from a stout-yet-flexible polymer. It won't ding like steel and is not as brittle as ABS. It also is more heat resistant than ABS. Thus, fleet owners will spend less time repairing or replacing hoods damaged on the job.

The new JLG telehandlers all utilize Tier IV Final Cummins QSF 3.8L diesel engines that are powerful, fuel efficient, and reliable.

Telehandler Attachments

The company also expanded its line of telehandler attachments, including:

  • Pipe grapple
  • Material handling arm
  • Trash hopper
  • 3-foot truss with winch
  • Coupler-mounted lifting hook

"Our goal in the redesign was to eliminate complexity. We wanted to deliver machines that are both simple to use and service — and we've done just that," said Boeckman. "Operators will find these machines help them be more productive. Rental houses and business owners will find these telehandlers durable, reliable and easy to service, positively impacting their bottom line."

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