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Anyone use Telescopic Forklifts for commercial lots

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Mr Green, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Mr Green

    Mr Green Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hey Guys, I have a fairly large commercial site that we took care of last year with a 873 Bobcat with a 10ft Pro Tech pusher and a dump truck. We did a get job and will retain the site but the property manager wants a bigger piece of equipment this year. I know someone who has a 4x4 CAT Telescopic forklift. Is this comparable to a loader? Is it enough to handle a 3 acre lot? Just looking for someone with experience with this type of equipment. Oh yeah all 4 wheels turn. Thanks guys
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    try some reading before posting,there is a current thread entirely about this
  3. Mr Green

    Mr Green Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I haven't seen any posts about this type of equipment. This is not a regular warehouse forklift. This is a much large piece of equipment.
  4. gkm

    gkm Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    do you mean something like a high -reach?
  5. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    To clear things up, you're talking about something along these lines, yes?

  6. Mr Green

    Mr Green Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Yes, It does look very similar to that. Would a machine like that be able to handle the pushing and stacking the snow. I did read some of the other post but I don't believe that they were talking about a similar piece of equipment. They would like a loader but this with a pusher and a bucket should be able to do the job....right?
  7. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    AKA telehandler or telahandler. There should be some posts on that topic.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    In a heartbeat. Just don't extend the boom too far.

    Depending on weight and HP, you should be able to go much larger on the pusher, these things are torque monsters.
  9. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Here is what we use...

    Forklift Plow.jpg
  10. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I thought about a Skytrac, being a builder we'd use it all summer but in our experience, they can't get out of their own way on any slippery surface. On jobsites in the winter, we always get them stuck.

    Different brands have the boom at different heights, that Ingersoll is set higher than a Skytrac, I think the JRB is high also.

    With that being said, I heard that Lumbermans in Grand Rapids plows with their lift (that's what we call them).
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    this is considered a telehandler especially in the ag markets

    JD dave has or had one for sale and used it for plowing, i would talk to him
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i didnt know how to link you to it so just check the new posts for JD 3800
  13. Mr Green

    Mr Green Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    The machine that Lumps has is pretty much the same thing. The John Deere is a loader with a boom. I need to get the model number but I do know it is a CAT. It looks like if you kept up with the lot, it should not have a problem. The tires are not slicks...they are for mud. The boom goes to 30 feet so we should be able to make a mountain in the back. Thanks for all the great feedback.
  14. Zodiac

    Zodiac Member
    Messages: 76

    If it's a CAT TH Telehandler, there is a switch on the floor to lock the front axle for more traction.

    A telehandler will be able to move a lot of snow, with either a bucket or a pusher. If it has outriggers, you can extend the boom pretty far, but you will feel it get light on the rear end.

    The cycle times in a telehandler are also longer than those in a wheel loader.

    The boom might be able to go 30 feet, but again, you're gonna want to make sure it's got outriggers to do that.