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Choosing a telehandler, need some advice

Discussion in 'Forklifts/Telehandlers' started by Gacoustic, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. icestationzebra

    icestationzebra Senior Member

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    Just to me more specific my job, as I see it, is to try and be the voice of reason between the designer and marketing people, and the end customer. While I may not agree with everything the end user does with the product, I do have to take it into consideration. I grew up on a 250 head dairy farm so I know what people do and it made me appreciate the little guy. My job is to be a pessimist and believe me when I say there have been numerous times when I did not agree with a company's decision. The reason I am so forthcoming in this forum is that I no longer work for a telehandler OEM, though I have worked for several different ones.

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  2. Reel hip

    Reel hip Well-Known Member

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    When you look at the boom make sure you extend it out all the way. I had a Terex boom crack near the main bushing at the rear when an employee (idiot) boom out with a load while going over a down hill bump that forced the boom to bend. You never know what the seller will say!
     
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    Reel hip Well-Known Member

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    They are not OSHA legal
     
  4. mustangmike

    mustangmike New Member

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    The jlg was a wise choice, I have owned a few pre 05 gradalls and they don't have pressed in bushings at the steering knuckle for the king pins which makes it very expensive for repairs. I had one side of a 01 534d9-45 overhauled and it cost close to $5000 bucks, they had to line bore the knuckle and insert bushings for the new king pins. I just recently had my 05 534d9-45 done and they did both sides for $3000, no line boring just install new bushings and king pins/thrust bushings. I own a 08 cat tl10-55(a jlg 10-55a with a cat motor) and a 05 534d9-45 ,the jlg's are way ahead of the gradalls but I personally like that rear steer. I have the 180 degree swing carriage and although it is awesome it is so heavy that it limits your carrying capacity, stick with the 90/100 degree it is way lighter. And the gradall 5's quick coupler and jlg are not the same, only the gradall g6-42a are the same as the jlg's coupler.