The marketers of rough-terrain, vertical-mast forklifts have continued even in spite of diminished overall sales. Like for instance, there are at least 19 various brand names within North America, with over 100 various models available. In regards to makers, there is almost the same number of telehandler manufacturers, even if their products are being marketed under 24 different brands. Understandably, some of the brand names sell both telehandlers and lift trucks. Some of the main players in the business include brand names such as Lift King, Tovel, JCB, Case, Manitou, Sellick, Ingersoll Rand and Omega Lift.
The marketers of lift trucks have increased their maneuverability advantages by borrowing several of the features that have increased the telehandler's fame. Like for instance, Omega Lift, AUSA, Manitou and Tovel utilize hydraulic chassis-leveling systems that enable the operator to square up the frame of the truck when it is sitting on uneven terrain in order for lifts to be made more safely. This feature is provided as an alternative by Lift King, Swinger and Load Lifter lift trucks.
Another telehandler-like technology is the 4-wheel steer. Lift King, Omega Lift, Load Lifter and Tovel all offer extremely durable and rigid framed machines operating on 4 equal sized tires. These four-wheel coordinated steering and crab-steering modes provide the fantastic maneuverability that rivals the 4-wheeled steering standard lift truck units. There are extra flexibility options with the sideways shuttle crab-steer mode as well.
The carriage sideshift is able to vastly improve placement dexterity. The mast sideshift is a common feature today. This is offered on the majority of lift trucks available. It allows the operator to hydraulically move the mast several inches to either side of center. One more option is the carriage sideshift. This works by moving the carriage to either side of the center of the mast.