A new range of telehandlers and rough-terrain forklifts will bolster efficiency and productivity across a raft of infrastructure projects
They are robust, reliable and efficient, and they will tackle some of the hardest jobs found on the most challenging of construction sites. Coates Hire is rolling out a new range of telehandlers designed to meet the needs of the many and varied construction and building sector applications.
With a capacity of 2.5 to 9 tonnes, the latest telescopic material handlers are multi-purpose tools that are increasingly in demand, says Ashley Lancaster, Executive General Manager (Fleet) at Coates Hire.
The telehandlers are widely used in construction and industrial markets, and range from compact to rotating models. Lancaster adds that when the 215 new telehandlers are fully delivered Coates Hire will have the largest fleet of telehandlers in the country.
“We’ve had telehandlers before but this latest range is an upgrade of our fleet,” he explains.
“Telehandlers can handle all types of materials, from a pallet of concrete to a pile of steel, and they can operate on any construction or mine site with a range of attachments, such as jibs, buckets and rotators. ”
The new rough-terrain forklifts are 2.5 tonne and 5 tonne capacity and, like the telehandlers, are supplied by market-leading French equipment manufacturer Manitou, known for their stability and maneuverability of their forklifts. Manitou designed the range from the ground up, with operator comfort and easy maintenance high on the list of priorities during development.
There will be 107 new forklifts available at Coates Hire branches across Australia, with the new fleet arriving from July. Together with the new telehandlers they represent an approximate $30 million investment for Coates Hire.
“The latest telehandlers and the new rough-terrain forklifts are a growing part of our market, and customers are demanding more of these efficient and labour-saving devices,” says Lancaster.
“They move material around a site quickly, they are versatile and they reduce the number of people having to handle materials, and that means they can also help increase safety on work sites’.”
The new machines have the same operator controls across the range, making it simpler for operators to move seamlessly from machine to machine. Lancaster adds that the cabs are also ergonomically designed to increase operator comfort.
“The attachments with the telehandlers are also common across the size range, so if you have a 2.5 tonne machine and a 4 tonne machine on the same job the same attachments will fit both machines,” says Lancaster.
“They come with a state-of-the-art load management system and are a very stable machine.”
Fuel consumption has been a focus for Manitou and Coates Hire expects customers to find a 10 to 15 per cent improvement in fuel consumption with the new fleet, compared to older machines and other brands of equipment in the market.