New JLG rotating telehandlers on site

By Euan Youdale07 April 2022

Three new rotating telehandler models from JLG, through its partnership with Italy-based Dieci, are now available and working in North America.

The R1370, R1385 and R11100 provide capacities from 11,000 to 13,000lb and maximum reach heights of 67 to 97ft, with the R11100 being JLG’s highest reaching telehandler to date. With 3-in-1 machine capabilities — a traditional telehandler, MEWP and rough terrain crane — offer  horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities, says the manufacturer.

“Rotating telehandlers have long been popular across Europe. With the global megatrend towards urbanization, we are seeing an increased need for these types of machines in the US. With more city centers come narrower streets and taller buildings with less open space between them,” said Rogerio dos Santos, vice president of engineering, JLG.

“In these types of applications, it is sometimes challenging to use traditional telehandlers. Rotating telehandlers offer the ability to place the machine in a fixed position and reach multiple areas of the site, which means less repositioning and a reduction in machine traffic.”

Key Features

JLG Rotating Telehandler JLG Rotating Telehandler. (Photo JLG)

The three new JLG models have nearly identical base configurations, though the R1370 and R1385 have 4-section booms, while the R11100 has a 5-section boom. All boom sections, regardless of model, are cylinder- and chain-driven to support higher reach and greater lift capacity.

The 360-degree continuous rotation of the upper frame on these models enables the horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities. These also come with front and rear scissor-style outriggers with automatic leveling jacks, which allows the operator to position the machine and then level the frame up to 6 degrees to compensate for uneven terrain.

As well as an access platform they can be equipped with a truss boom and winch, which says JLG, potentially eliminates the need for cranes up to 97ft.

The R1370 comes with a Perkins 134hp diesel engine, while the R1385 and R11100 are equipped with 168hp FPT diesel engines. All models feature a 2-speed, stop-to-shift hydrostatic transmission and foam-filled tyres come standard on all models. Air-filled tyres are optional in two different treads.

There are 13 specialised attachments including work platforms, crane jibs and winches, standard and rotating carriages, forks, buckets, truss booms and coupler-mounted hooks.

Standard and continuous auxiliary hydraulics come on all three models with optional dual-auxiliary hydraulics available to power multi-function attachments. A hydraulic coupler is also available to improve efficiency when switching between attachments.

Lifting and placing

The range comes with an inching feature that allows the operator to run the boom at optimal speed without shifting the transmission into neutral. Finely tuned boom controls and soft stop slows the boom as it approaches the end of its stroke. A remote boom control feature allows the boom to be opereted outside the cab.

An intuitive operator interface and dual joystick proportional controls come with a right joystick that operates two functions — boom lift and lower and attachment tilt, forward and back. The left joystick controls boom extension and retraction, as well as turntable rotation.

Each model is engineered with three exclusive technologies: automatic attachment recognition, a load management information system (LMIS) and a load stability indicator (LSI).

The automatic attachment recognition system recognizses the attachment at the end of the boom, alerts the operator for confirmation and then displays the appropriate load capacity chart. LMIS indicates whether the load is compliant and prevents operation that violates the load chart’s boundaries. LSI limits the rotating telehandler’s functionality when a load nears maximum capacity.

Operator Comfort

To enhance operator comfort, the rotating models come with enclosed cabs, air conditioning and a secondary heating unit. They have adjustable suspension seats and an adjustable steering column to allow the operator to position themself comfortably. Integrated armrests are included.

A reversing camera and lighting package come as standard to aid operator visibility. Optional work lights can be added for low-light situations. A white noise backup alarm system can be ordered to enhance worker awareness. 

While rotating telehandler use has not been as widespread in the US as it’s been across Europe, it’s a machine that’s time has come, says dos Santos. “On today’s job sites, contractors are faced with tighter workspaces, more stringent safety protocols and reduced workforces. Rotating telehandlers can help improve both productivity and safety, while reducing the number of machines and machine operators required on congested urban sites. While they won’t replace traditional telehandlers or MEWPs, they certainly complement both, while offering a broad range of versatility.” 

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