Vertical-mast and rough-terrain forklifts keep lifting and positioning various construction supplies on different jobsites even through the rise and evolution of telehandlers on the market. There are lots of conventional-style lift trucks available within the material handling business which lost market share to telehandlers. This happened specially when the competition broke onto the construction scene. Ever since that time, sales numbers have become stable. Vertical-mast forklifts have re-surfaced and seem to be becoming more popular again because of their greater productivity, modification of certain telehandler-like features and low cost.
Straight-mast machinery will finish double the job that a telehandler would do due to their maneuverability and ground speed. Fascinatingly enough, rental outfits are starting to charge higher rates on straight-mast units.
Rental purchasers are having significant influence in the rough-terrain lift truck industry. More than 50 percent of all vertical-mast forklifts are now being sold to a rental yard. These purchases are normally driven mainly by utilization, that is a factor closely followed by acquisition price.
The telehandler has become a very common machinery in the material handling industry. Their popularity has given them a super advantage in terms of rental use. Their overall expansion has been moderated by their higher price. There is some lift truck users who feel that telehandlers are not nearly as helpful as opposed to traditional rough-terrain forklifts for loading and unloading repetitive tasks. This means that even though competition amongst telehandler marketers has lowered their prices, many prefer the RT lift trucks which have been working well for decades.
The telehandler is a little slower machine in comparison to a rough terrain forklift unit. They are also ganglier to utilize and needs a higher level of skill to complete the task. On the upside, they get the reach if they require it. There would continuously be a place in the business for forklifts though, since there are places that you will not be able to access with a telehandler.
The rough-terrain forklift is compact, small and could lift a heavier load vertically as opposed to the telehandler. Basically, in order to utilize the best equipment for your application, you would have to determine what jobs exactly you will be completing, the kind of circumstances and setting you will be operating in and what your load capacity is. All these factors would help you decide what the best options available are.