The marketers of vertical-mast, rough-terrain forklifts have continued even in spite of overall diminished sales. Like for instance, there are at least 19 various brand names in North America, with more than 100 various models available. In regards to manufacturers, there is practically the same number of telehandler makers, even if their products are being marketed under 24 different brand names. Understandably, several of the brand names market both lift trucks and telehandlers. Several of the key players in the business consist of names such as Lift King, Tovel, Case, JCB, Manitou, Sellick, Ingersoll Rand and Omega Lift.
The marketers of lift trucks have increased their maneuverability advantages by borrowing some of the features which have increased the telehandler's popularity. Like for example, Tovel, Manitou, Omega Lift and AUSA use hydraulic chassis-leveling systems which allow the operator to square up the frame of the truck when it is sitting on uneven terrain in order for lifts to be made more safely. This particular feature is provided as an option by Lift King, Swinger and Load Lifter lift trucks.
The 4-wheel steer is another telehandler-like technology. Lift King, Omega Lift, Tovel and Load Lifter are makers which offer rigid framed machinery which operate on 4 equal sized tires. These crab-steering and four-wheel coordinated steering modes provide the fantastic maneuverability that rivals the 4-wheeled steering traditional lift truck models. There are additional flexibility options with the sideways shuttle crab-steer mode as well.
The side-shifting mast or carriage sideshift can enhance placement dexterity. A typical feature that is quite common is the mast sideshift. This is offered on the majority of available lift trucks. It allows the operator to move the mast hydraulically a few inches to either side of center. One more option is the carriage sideshift. This functions by moving the carriage to both sides of the center of the mast.