Mustang Manufacturing Company Inc. has added a new telescopic handler to its product line — model 842.
With its 42-ft. (13 m) lift height, the unit offers customers looking for a four-story machine a little extra reach at a lower price point than the machine’s big brother, the 844.
Joining Mustang’s Value-Series line of telehandlers, the new unit brings the total of 8,000 lb. (3,600 kg) machines in Mustang’s product line to two.
“The Mustang 842 is a true four-story machine, well-suited for residential and smaller commercial construction projects,” said Doug Snorek, Mustang marketing manager. “It’s perfect for the small contractor and makes a great product for rental-house fleets.”
The new unit shares a boom design with the larger Mustang Deluxe Series of Telehandlers — models 944 and 1155 — giving it extra durability. Operators will enjoy additional components, such as pilot-operated joystick controls, a tilt cylinder and an optional work platform system (WPS).
The WPS allows for the safe use of a personnel work platform attached to the forks.
“Once the WPS is activated, the system senses the attitude of the machine, neutralizes the transmission, applies the parking brake, disables the fork tilt and auxiliary hydraulic circuits, and restricts use of the frame leveling circuit, providing platform workers with a safe and stable environment,” Snorek said.
The WPS adds an additional safeguard for platform workers: a remote shutdown switch that gives workers on the platform the ability to stop boom movement if needed.
As an option to the WPS system, a radio remote boom control is available for all Mustang telehandler models. The radio remote boom control allows a single operator to start or shut-down the engine with the remote. The operator also can raise, lower, extend and retract the boom.
A SAHR (Spring-Applied, Hydraulically-Released) parking brake is standard on the new machine. The SAHR parking brake is automatically applied when the engine is shut off, the boom is raised more than 60 degrees or the WPS is activated. A rocker switch is used to apply the brake, which makes the parking brake easy to use and eliminates problems like cable stretch that are found on hand-lever-actuated parking brakes.
Other enhancements for the Mustang 842 include:
• Rear-axle stabilizer cylinder that gives operators a stable four-point stance when the boom is raised more than 60 degrees
• ROPS/FOPS canopy with increased room for the operator and a storage area under the seat
• Axles with internal wet disc brakes that dissipate heat more efficiently, increasing the service life of the brakes.