The marketers of rough-terrain, vertical-mast forklifts have endured even in spite of diminished overall sales. Like for instance, there are at least 19 various brands within North America, with more than 100 different models available. In regards to makers, there is almost the same number of telehandler manufacturers, even if their products are being sold under 24 different brand names. Understandably, some of the brands market both lift trucks and telehandlers. Several of the key players in the industry include names such as Tovel, Lift King, JCB, Case, Ingersoll Rand, Omega Lift, Manitou and Sellick.
By borrowing a few of the features which have increased the telehandler's popularity, forklift manufacturers have been able to increase their maneuverability advantages. Like for instance, Manitou, Tovel, AUSA and Omega Lift utilize hydraulic chassis-leveling systems which allow the operator to square up the truck's frame when it is sitting on uneven terrain in order for lifts to be made more safely. This feature is provided as an alternative by Lift King, Swinger and Load Lifter lift trucks.
The 4-wheel steer is a different telehandler-like technology. Lift King, Omega Lift, Tovel and Load Lifter are makers that offer rigid framed equipment that operate on 4 equal sized tires. These crab-steering and four-wheel coordinated steering modes provide the incredible maneuverability that rivals the 4-wheeled steering standard lift truck models. There are extra flexibility options with the sideways shuttle crab-steer mode too.
The carriage sideshift can vastly enhance placement dexterity. The mast sideshift is a common feature now. This is offered on most lift trucks available. It enables the operator to hydraulically move the mast a few inches to either side of center. One more option is the carriage sideshift. This functions by moving the carriage to either side of the center of the mast.