Differences Between Semi-Industrial Trucks & Telehanders

Nowadays, businesses are spoilt for choice when it comes to their material handling solutions. Yet, that can be both a blessing and a curse . . . Which is why in this video, we show you the differences between semi-industrial trucks, telehandlers and standard counterbalance trucks.

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00:00 - Introduction to Semi-Industrial Trucks
This is what to do if you’re not working in a nice, smooth warehouse floor, or a nice flat concrete yard, or a main yard – is you can move onto this type of machine, which is a Semi-Industrial Machine. So these are available on two and four-wheeled drive from Manitou. This is a two and a half tonne capacity truck, rated at a 500mm load centre. So, one meter deep load, this will pick up two and a half tonnes, up to a certain lift height, and then it will start de-rating like a normal counterbalance truck.
00:32 - Tyre Size & Typical Use
You can see – very obviously – the main difference is, it’s got big, chunky tyres on; that’ll cope with rough ground and with mud. So, it’s quite unusual that we move to this type of machine in an industrial setting, because normally we’d be using a normal counterbalance truck. A typical site would be garden centres, sites like that where we’re working maybe on-uh unmade ground – not deep, deep mud. That would require another step up, in terms of specification. This is the latest Semi-Industrial Truck, the MC25 from Manitou, and this is going to one of our golden centre customers very soon.
01:08 - The Next Step up – the Telehander
So, the next step up from an Semi-Industrial Truck, which is another Manitou, and this is the Telehandler range, and this is construction equipment. So, these machines are four-wheeled drive hydrostatic, and they’re designed to work in really rough conditions on construction sites in – and will cope with deep mud.
01:24 - Improved Lift Capability & Tyres
This is more of a machine, this a 625, so this is the second smallest machine. These machines go up to eighteen metre lift capability, and then you’re into having to have support legs and things like that when you’re lifting up to big heights, so they can really get a lot of capacity up at height. But yeah, you’ll see again that the tyres are another step up – in terms of size and tread – they’re much more like a tractor tyre or something like that. But again, you would generally only get into using this type of truck if you were working on a construction environment.
00:00 - Introduction to Semi-Industrial Trucks

This is what to do if you’re not working in a nice, smooth warehouse floor, or a nice flat concrete yard, or a main yard – is you can move onto this type of machine, which is a Semi-Industrial Machine. So these are available on two and four-wheeled drive from Manitou. This is a two and a half tonne capacity truck, rated at a 500mm load centre. So, one meter deep load, this will pick up two and a half tonnes, up to a certain lift height, and then it will start de-rating like a normal counterbalance truck.
00:32 - Tyre Size & Typical Use

You can see – very obviously – the main difference is, it’s got big, chunky tyres on; that’ll cope with rough ground and with mud. So, it’s quite unusual that we move to this type of machine in an industrial setting, because normally we’d be using a normal counterbalance truck. A typical site would be garden centres, sites like that where we’re working maybe on-uh unmade ground – not deep, deep mud. That would require another step up, in terms of specification. This is the latest Semi-Industrial Truck, the MC25 from Manitou, and this is going to one of our golden centre customers very soon.
01:08 - The Next Step up – the Telehander
So, the next step up from an Semi-Industrial Truck, which is another Manitou, and this is the Telehandler range, and this is construction equipment. So, these machines are four-wheeled drive hydrostatic, and they’re designed to work in really rough conditions on construction sites in – and will cope with deep mud.
01:24 - Improved Lift Capability & Tyres
This is more of a machine, this a 625, so this is the second smallest machine. These machines go up to eighteen metre lift capability, and then you’re into having to have support legs and things like that when you’re lifting up to big heights, so they can really get a lot of capacity up at height. But yeah, you’ll see again that the tyres are another step up – in terms of size and tread – they’re much more like a tractor tyre or something like that. But again, you would generally only get into using this type of truck if you were working on a construction environment.

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

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We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa