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Manitou Zoom Boom

Manitou Zoom Boom

Over the past ten years, telehandlers, also known as rough terrain variable reach lift trucks, have exceeded the popularity of motorized mobile machinery. These machinery have become the gem of the construction business and with good reason. These types of equipment are extremely powerful, useful and versatile. Since several models and manufacturers has exploded during the past 5 years or so, there are now a number of these machines readily available on the market.

The Telehandler is considered a Class 7 Powered Industrial Truck. In name only, this description means it is a rough terrain lift truck. Any of the similarities between a telehandler and a vertical mast type forklift literally ends on operation and on sight. There are several other significant differences between the two machines discussed below.

A telehandler has a completely different appearance since it is fitted with a horizontal boom as opposed to a vertical mast. From a distance, a telehandler with a jib attachment could resemble more of a mobile crane instead of a lift truck. The boom can extend and retract or telescope as long as 30 feet and beyond depending on the specific model. The boom can also elevate to an angle from horizontal to around 70 degrees. Telehandlers have earned the nickname of "zoom booms" due to their ability to telescope. This name has become rather popular with the operators.

"Transaction" is another optional boom related function. Telehandlers which are equipped with this alternative have a boom which is mounted on the chassis in such a way that when the operator starts it, the entire boom to travel forward and back, especially for distances up to eight feet or so. One of the major benefits of this function is that it enables the forks to be cleanly withdrawn from a load and the forks can be cleanly inserted under, regardless of the boom angle.

Zoom booms have revolutionized the construction business. They are able to accomplish numerous jobs that used to take a lot more man-power and time to finish.

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