The revolutionary Teletruk forklift from JCB Construction Equipment Australia combines the strength of a telehandler and the body of a forklift to provide a winning solution for hire and rental companies, particularly those servicing the mining industry.
Invented by JCB in 1997, the Teletruk is a forklift truck featuring a telescopic boom instead of a vertical mast that not only saves time and space but also improves site safety by providing exceptional visibility to the operator and reducing the amount of movement required to load trucks.
Unlike traditional forklifts that must load one side of the truck first, then travel around to the other side of the truck to complete the loading process, the Teletruk with its mastless design can completely load flatbed and curtain-sided trucks from a single side, saving up to 50% of the loading space as well as time while also increasing site safety by enabling the creation of pedestrian-only zones.
The mastless design also provides the operator with an unrestricted view, further improving site safety.
According to JCB Construction Equipment Australia’s (JCB CEA) National Telehandler Product Manager, Greg Sealey, the Teletruk combines the productivity and strength of a telehandler with the compact footprint and manoeuvrability of a forklift.
The JCB Teletruk is the same physical size as a regular forklift, but the telescopic boom gives it the lifting power and capacity of a much larger machine such as a telehandler, making the Teletruk far more versatile and useful than an ordinary forklift.
The amount of fork tilt on traditional forklifts is restricted by the mast, making these forklifts limited to certain applications. The Teletruk on the other hand, enables fork carriage rotation of up to 111 degrees, making it capable of loading at different angles and in restricted space, broadening its use in different applications.
Key features of JCB Teletruk forklifts:
- Both ROPS (Roll Over Protective Structure) and FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structure) functions to suit mining applications
- 10 models available internationally and two in Australia, including a two-wheel drive version and a four-wheel drive version
- Weighs between 5,100kg and 5,500kg
- Can lift 3,500kg to a height of 4.4 metres (or 4.35 metres on the four-wheel drive version)
- Powered by a 46 kW engine with a fully enclosed hydrostatic drive system that eliminates risk of damage from dust and debris
- Safety features include fail safe braking and unrestricted forward visibility
- Spring switches protect against accidental disconnection from the attachment
- Compact design, excellent turning radius and ability to stack a truck from one side make it ideal for tight working environments