Forklift Works in Confined Spaces

JCB Construction Equipment’s Teletruk forklift features the strength of a telehandler and the body of a forklift, qualities that make it particularly useful for service duties in mining environments where space is limited. The Teletruk, invented by JCB in 1997, is a forklift truck with a telescopic boom instead of a vertical mast. The mastless design enables the Teletruk to completely load flatbeds or open-sided trucks from a single side, while traditional forklifts must load one side of the truck first, then travel around to the other side to complete the process. This capability, according to the company, can save time and cut up to 50% from the required loading space. The Teletruk offers fork carriage rotation of up to 111°, making it capable of loading at different angles and in restricted space, broadening its use in different applications. Models weigh 5,100 to 5,500 kg (11,240 to 12,125 lb) and can lift 3,500 kg (7,700 lb) to a height of 4.4 m (14.4 ft). It is powered by a 46-kW engine with a fully enclosed hydrostatic drive system—eliminating the risk of damage from dust and debris that is a major issue in traditional forklifts because of their exposed drive shaft and external brakes.

As featured in Womp 2013 Vol 08 -