Telescopic Handler
Reaches New Heights
JCB Inc.; 888/742-5522;

Wrist-Like Performance
The tiltrotator can be likened to a wrist for excavators. It allows the operator to work the machine’s implements and accessories at every possible angle. The tiltrotator comes in five sizes for excavators between 3 and 32 tonnes. Also available is the new SK stone and scrap handling grab. Made of high-tensile steel, it is designed for use with the maker’s five tiltrotator models. Engcon AB; +46 670 178 03;

Site Controller
Version 1.1
The SCS900 site controller system version 1.1 provides for an integrated construction site where positioning and grade control systems work together using the same digital three-dimensional design data. It allows contractors–even those with no experience in surveying–to use GPS or total stations for site measurement and staking jobs instead of having to call in surveyors. Trimble Navigation Ltd.; 408/481-8000;

Three in One
Telehandler, Crane and Aerial Work Platform
By Tudor Hampton in Munich

French manufacturer Manitou BF unveiled an innovative telehandler at Bauma 2004, held March 29-April 4 in Munich. The MRT-2440 EPS features a 360° continuously rotating upper-structure, a premium but rare item. It also sports a patented telescoping jib called "Easy Placing System." Located at the tip of the main 78-ft, four-section boom, the optional jib allows operators to rack palletized loads in and out without repositioning the machine with the boom up, which can disrupt stability. The concept is similar to boom-transfer carriages seen on U.S.-made Lull and Traverse Lift brand telehandlers, says Dominque Himsworth, product manager. "I think this machine is a nice concept for the U.S.," he says. "EPS is a user-friendly device and it also is a safety device." Electrohydraulic controls allow users to level forks parallel to the ground automatically. Total capacity is 8,000 lb, but is derated to 6,000 lb with the EPS device in use. MRT-2440 is available with radio-remote control, as well as attachments besides forks, including winches, personnel platforms and buckets. Himsworth says the $180,000 unit meets American National Standards Institute codes A92, B56 and B30, the respective design-safety criteria for aerial platforms, forklifts and cranes in the U.S.


The new 535-140 telescopic handler, a 7,000-lb payload, 45-ft total lift height machine, is aimed at increasingly popular three-story housing developments and retail construction, the manufacturer says. Available in stabilized or sway/stabilized versions, the machine combines its lift height and forward reach with a compact chassis to provide a highly maneuverable model with the ability to perform in confined areas. The 535-140 is powered by a naturally aspirated 82 hp engine, turbocharged 100 hp engine or 120 hp engine.