After teasing its plan to enter the market in the Fall of 2021, JLG Industries has now officially launched a lineup of rotating telehandler models.
The lineup includes three models, R1370, R1385 and R11100. First teased in the Fall of 2021, the range boasts capacities from 11,000- to 13,000-lbs and maximum reach heights of 67- to 97-ft, with the R11100 being JLG’s highest reaching telehandler to date. With 3-in-1 machine capabilities—a traditional telehandler, mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) and rough terrain crane—these machines offer both horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities.
“Rotating telehandlers have long been popular across Europe. With the global megatrend towards urbanization, we are seeing an increased need for these types of machines in the United States. With more city centers come narrower streets and taller buildings with less open space between them. In these types of applications, it is sometimes challenging to use traditional telehandlers. Rotating telehandlers offer the ability to place the machine in a fixed position and reach multiple areas of the site, which means less repositioning and a reduction in machine traffic,” says Rogerio dos Santos, vice president of engineering, JLG.
The three new JLG models have nearly identical base configurations, though the R1370 and R1385 have 4-section booms, while the R11100 has a 5-section boom. All boom sections, regardless of model, are cylinder- and chain-driven to support higher reach and greater lift capacity.
The 360-degree continuous rotation of the upper frame on these models enables both horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities, adding a new layer of functionality where it’s difficult to maneuver a traditional telehandler.
Since JLG rotating telehandlers are often operated in place, these models come with front and rear scissor-style outriggers with automatic leveling jacks, which enable the operator to position the machine and then level the frame up to 6 degrees to compensate for uneven terrain.
With 3-in-1 machine capabilities, these JLG rotating telehandlers can complete work done not only by traditional telehandlers, but also by MEWPs when equipped with a platform attachment or rough terrain cranes when equipped with a truss boom and winch — potentially eliminating the need for cranes up to 97-ft.
The R1370 comes with a Perkins 134-hp diesel engine, while the R1385 and R11100 are equipped with 168-hp FPT diesel engines. All models feature a 2-speed, stop-to-shift hydrostatic transmission that delivers a smoother ride over uneven terrain. Foam-filled tires come standard on all models. Air-filled tires are optional in two different treads.
JLG rotating telehandlers are available with 13 specialized attachments, allowing them to perform a wide range of work. Popular attachments include work platforms, crane jibs and winches, standard and rotating carriages, forks, buckets, truss booms and coupler-mounted hooks.
Standard and continuous auxiliary hydraulics come on all JLG rotating telehandler models with optional dual-auxiliary hydraulics available to power multi-function attachments. A hydraulic coupler is also available to improve efficiency when switching between attachments.
Precision lifting and placing
All JLG rotating telehandlers come with an inching feature that allows the operator to run the boom at optimal speed without shifting the transmission into neutral. Finely tuned boom controls and soft stop slows the boom as it approaches the end of its stroke for precise lifting and placement of materials.
A remote boom control feature allows the operator to maneuver the boom from outside the cab when obstructions prevent clear visibility of the work area.
These new rotating telehandlers also have an intuitive operator interface and dual joystick proportional controls. The right joystick operates two functions — boom lift and lower and attachment tilt, forward and back. The left joystick controls boom extension and retraction, as well as turntable rotation.
To help operators work with greater confidence, each model is engineered with three exclusive technologies: Automatic attachment recognition, a Load Management Information System (LMIS) and a Load Stability Indicator (LSI).
The automatic attachment recognition system recognizes the attachment at the end of the boom, alerts the operator for confirmation and then displays the appropriate load capacity chart. LMIS indicates whether the load is compliant and prevents operation that violates the load chart’s boundaries. LSI limits the rotating telehandler’s functionality when a load nears maximum capacity.
To enhance operator comfort and productivity, JLG’s rotating telehandlers come with enclosed cabs, air conditioning and a secondary heating unit. They have adjustable suspension seats and an adjustable steering column to allow the operator to position themself comfortably. Integrated armrests are included to help reduce fatigue throughout the workday.
Enhanced job site awareness
A reversing camera and lighting package come as standard equipment on all three JLG models to aid operator visibility. Optional work lights can be added for low-light situations.
A white noise backup alarm system can be ordered to enhance worker awareness. This system emits an audible alarm signal when the telehandler is traveling in reverse to alert those working in and around the machine.
A complementary market
While rotating telehandler use has not been as widespread in North America as it’s been across Europe, it’s a machine whose time has come, says dos Santos. “On today’s job sites, contractors are faced with tighter workspaces, more stringent safety protocols and reduced workforces. Rotating telehandlers can help improve both productivity and safety, while reducing the number of machines and machine operators required on congested urban sites. While they won’t replace traditional telehandlers or MEWPs, they certainly complement both, while offering a broad range of versatility,” concludes dos Santos.