Genie has broadened its family of telehandlers with the new GTH-1544 prototype. The new 15,000-lb (6804-kg) capacity model is the largest Genie telehandler of the product line.
"We have seen a trend toward larger telehandlers, not only in larger construction sites, but also the burgeoning oil and gas industries, in mines,” said Scott Krieger, Senior Product Manager, aerial booms and telehandlers, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP).
The GTH-1544 telehandler is based on the Terex telehandler introduced in 2007 and built specifically to meet demanding military needs but with added features and benefits designed for more rigorous civil job requirements.
A newly designed cab provides ergonomic features and greater comfort to the operator, including an optional fully enclosed cab with full glass, defroster, wipers, heater, split door, washer, and air-conditioning. It has numerous other options, including a rear viewing video camera with a monitor inside the cab.
“Our design focus was to create a new standard for large telehandlers,” said Krieger. The telehandler provides industry leading lift height of 44 ft (13.41 m) and forward reach of 27.3 ft (8.31 m). The lift capacity at maximum height is 10,000 lb (4536 kg) and 3500 lb (1587 kg) at maximum reach. The operating weight is 33,686 lb (15,280 kg).
The machine provides enhanced visibility and serviceability with a side-mounted engine compartment. The engine compartment provides easy access to maintenance, filters, belts, and to perform all service work, and if major engine work is required, it can be removed from the machine in less than two hours.
Hydraulic circuit test ports are positioned in a single location inside the engine compartment with clear identification and cross-reference with hydraulic schematics. The engine compartment offers access panels that are easily removable for maintenance, as well as a rear access panel for boom maintenance. The hydraulic oil filter can be easily replaced with no oil leakage or contamination.
Engine choices include Tier 4 Interim-compliant platforms from either a 154-hp (115-kW) Deutz or 147-hp (110-kW) Perkins diesels, with 22,500 lb (10,206 kg) of drawbar pull. The GTH-1544 features a two-speed hydrostatic transmission, with shift-on-the-go capabilities, and drive speeds reach a quick 18 mph (29 km/h). The outside turning radius is a tight 14.6 ft (4.45 m). The well-balanced telehandler requires no outriggers for operation.
Optional attachments are available including quick attach carriages, several sizes of forks, a rubbish bucket, a 14-ft (4.3-m) truss boom, and a 7-ft (2.1-m) truss boom. Other attachment options will be released later in 2013.