The marketers of vertical-mast, rough-terrain forklifts have continued even in spite of overall diminished sales. Like for example, there are at least 19 various brands in North America, with more than 100 various models available. In regards to makers, there is almost the same number of telehandler manufacturers, even if their products are being marketed under 24 various brands. Understandably, several of the brand names market both lift trucks and telehandlers. Some of the key players within the industry consist of names like Tovel, Lift King, JCB, Case, Omega Lift, Ingersoll Rand, Manitou and Sellick.
By borrowing several of the features which have increased the telehandler's fame, forklift makers have been able to increase their maneuverability advantages. Like for example, Manitou, Tovel, AUSA and Omega Lift utilize hydraulic chassis-leveling systems which enable 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 offered as an alternative by Lift King, Swinger and Load Lifter lift trucks.
Another telehandler-like technology is the 4-wheel steer. Lift King, Omega Lift, Load Lifter and Tovel all offer very durable and rigid framed machinery operating on 4 equal sized tires. These crab-steering and four-wheel coordinated steering modes provide the incredible maneuverability which rivals the 4-wheeled steering conventional lift truck models. There are extra flexibility options with the sideways shuttle crab-steer mode too.
The side-shifting mast or carriage sideshift could enhance placement dexterity. A standard feature that is rather common is the mast sideshift. This is found on the majority of lift trucks available. It enables the operator to move the mast hydraulically a few inches to either side of center. One more option is the carriage sideshift. This works by moving the carriage to both sides of the center of the mast.