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thepawnshop
04-09-2006, 01:39 AM
After TOO MUCH thought and reviewing some older posts from this board, the thought of a telehandler came to mind...particularly one that utilizes the same style quick tach set up which allows you to use your skid steer attachments with it as well. I know Gehl offers that:

http://www.gehl.com/const/prodpg_thct.html

But I have no idea what one would cost. Bobcat has a pretty neat system, but all of the attachments are proprietary. Here is a link to it:

http://www.bobcat.com/products/versa/index.html

and they are going for 50k or so on machinerytrader.com. Any of you guys use these? I know I could definately get extra use out of one of these if you add the safety platform for any number of things on the jobsite and it looks like they are pretty stout for moving loose dirt at least.

There seems to be decent deals on used ones, but if I was to go the telehandler route, I think I would try to either go new or very low hours used.

Gravel Rat
04-09-2006, 02:10 AM
I got to play with a 10,000lb capacity Cat telehandler the frigging thing lifted 40' in the air :dizzy:

If your in construction a telehandler is a very handy machine for standing up walls or lifting roofing up onto a roof etc. I don't know how well they work as a loader but 90% of the time they stay as a forklift.

The Cat machine I got to use was a used machine it was going back and a new one was being bought. Like I said the boom went 40' up you can put somebodies car ontop of their house :laugh:

Squizzy246B
04-09-2006, 05:31 AM
Manitou Doug..I'm hiring one of the biggest in the state in a couple of weeks but we have used the smaller ones before.

Have a looky here::walking:

http://www.equipmentlocator.com/asp/browse/loc/na-en/con/4/industry/mh/type/131/make/manitou/model/viewall/

Cat makes a good one in the 330 size.

thepawnshop
04-09-2006, 08:57 AM
Many thanks, Squizz...from the looks of that machine, the Gehl is identical so it may just be a rebranded Manitou. Price is right and it would definately compliment what I already have AND can do several things that the others I was considering could not.

Squizzy246B
04-09-2006, 09:04 AM
Doug, If you build more than one storey regularly then a Telehandler is invaluable. They are your crane, forklift and general skyhook all in one.

Just be careful...some are not designed for digging much and really are just an telescopic forklift. Check with your dealer if you are going to be using a bucket much.

thepawnshop
04-09-2006, 09:22 AM
Just be careful...some are not designed for digging much and really are just an telescopic forklift. Check with your dealer if you are going to be using a bucket much.

Will do. I don't think I would be as interested in having it dig as I would in having it MOVE material that has already been dug or dropped (gravel, topsoil, snow, etc.). Add to that the ideas you mentioned...even on ranches I could avaoid renting a crane for setting trusses with truss boom attachment.

Squizzy246B
04-09-2006, 09:36 AM
Now you are into the swing of things. Check out the load charts. These give (just like any crane) how far you can reach at what load. A friend of ours has the Maniscopic (942 I think) and he puts 1 tonnes of bricks to the third floor no worries. The only thing you will find in areas where there is lots of building is that everybody will be wanting the machine down the road. Oh and our Manitou dealer says that digging from a stockpile is no worries just not ripping into rock or virgin dirt.

http://www.manitou.com/uk/home.htm

http://www.cat.com/cda/layout?m=37840&x=7&location=drop

mrusk
04-09-2006, 09:41 AM
I worked for a framing contractor that had a big Lull brand telehander. He could lift full bundles of plywood 50 feet high. One day i was in the wooding box that we made for the front, putting in a window. After we put the window in, he lowers me down and before i am low enough to get out, he drives to the end up the subdivion and raises me to full height, and leaves me there for 30 minutes!!!!! I was scared!! I think i was 14 at the time!

Squizzy246B
04-09-2006, 09:59 AM
I worked for a framing contractor that had a big Lull brand telehander. He could lift full bundles of plywood 50 feet high. One day i was in the wooding box that we made for the front, putting in a window. After we put the window in, he lowers me down and before i am low enough to get out, he drives to the end up the subdivion and raises me to full height, and leaves me there for 30 minutes!!!!! I was scared!! I think i was 14 at the time!

Thats not funny at all

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Tigerotor77W
04-09-2006, 10:46 AM
Doug, Manitou machines are great, but check for dealer support in your area. Deere actually does make a telehandler (primarily for ag), you may want to look into that as well. Cat/JLG now market the same 5,500 pound capacity machines, so that's another option. Bobcat you've mentioned; another company with compact telehandlers would be Terex. (And of course Gehl and Mustang.) Dealer support/location or price may immediately eliminate some of these... just to give you an idea.

thepawnshop
04-09-2006, 12:46 PM
Manitou and gehl spec out identically so I think they are "rebranded" but I don't know who is doing the rebranding. My Deere dealer is also a Terex dealer, but I like the compact size of the machine Squizzy turned me on to, which is the:

MLT 627
http://www.manitounorthamerica.com/mlt627.htm

Compare it to this machine by Gehl and let me know if you think it is the same machine...

CT6-18 Low Profile
http://www.gehl.com/const/specspg_thct.html

Tigerotor77W
04-09-2006, 02:09 PM
You are correct, those two models are the same. (Manitou bought $19million worth of Gehl stock as well.)

I was thinking the larger machines; my bad.

I need to get homework done! grr

ksss
04-09-2006, 05:04 PM
Manitou lifts are popular here. I have never heard any one complain about one. It has to make more sense than a skid steer. I can't really see the purpose of a home builder buying two skid steers unless you do a lot of site prep. A backhoe or telehandler seem to make much more sense to me. I think it is important to have and maintain a sense of focus concerning equipment purchases. I have been guilty myself of confusing the issue with things I would like and what I need. Your "need" should drive your equipment purchase, not your "desire" to have a piece of equipment and then find a reason for having it. Buying a skid steer to make life easier on a CTL for a home builder doesn't add up to me. Considering the money it would take to buy that second skid steer you could buy a lot of undercarriage work. Unless as I said you have enough dirt work to justify two machines. I am not trying to offend anyone, these are just my observations and opinions based on past threads.:drinkup:

thepawnshop
04-09-2006, 05:58 PM
Damn! I am offended sir! Just kidding!

When you are right you are right. I was caught up in wanting the biggest beast of a machine just because I "could" buy it. After enough of you shared your opinions, I saw the error of my ways. Once again, this site has helped me in immeasurable ways. Now comes the next difficult challenge...getting the most bang for my buck in the telehandler department... I'll let you guys know which way i am heading and solicit opinions as I go.

Thanks!