Gehl Radio Remote Control Enhances Personnel Work Platform System

Tue October 17, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Gehl’s Radio Remote Control System allows a telescopic handler operator to control boom functions using a compact, wireless remote control pendant from outside the cab, or from within a personnel work platform. The hand-held pendant can be used to raise, lower, extend and retract the boom, and start and stop the engine.

“Our goal was to add functionality to the machine without overburdening it with cost or complexity. By combining a leading-edge radio remote control system with our Personnel Work Platform System, we were able to develop an easy-to-integrate package that accomplished our goal,” explained Gehl Engineering Manager Merrick Monaghan.

“This is a revolutionary, time-saving option, especially for roofing and construction contractors. The Remote Control System allows contractors to be more productive, by not requiring the operator to remain in the cab. It can be useful for anyone who needs to precisely maneuver materials to different elevations,” said John Koepf, Gehl Telescopic Handler product manager.

The pendant/transmitter is waterproof and resistant to impacts encountered on job sites. The unit has a proportional trigger control for controlling the speed of the boom.

The system uses “Frequency-Hopping, Spread-Spectrum” (FHSS) technology, which was initially developed for military applications. FHSS devices concentrate their signal power into a narrow band, which randomly hops from frequency to frequency within a designated radio band to prevent signal errors.

Each transmitter uses a programmable, unique ID code to ensure that no two systems will conflict at a job site. Its radio transmission pattern, along with its error-checking techniques, enables its signal to overcome the interference that commonly affects licensed radios.

The Radio Remote Control System directly addresses the need for more productivity at lower cost and allows contractors to engage in a greater variety of job applications with a single machine.

The Radio Remote Control System is now available on all Gehl DL Series telescopic handlers that are equipped with the Gehl PWP system, and will be available on Gehl RS Series models that are equipped with the PWP system.

In addition, Gehl is developing a 90-degree swing carriage for use in conjunction with the Radio Remote Control System. This carriage will allow users to position a work platform exactly parallel to a building, or to position the telescopic handler parallel to a building, which creates a larger area for working without repositioning the machine.

For more information, call 262/334-9461 or visit

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