Rough-terrain and vertical-mast forklift marketers have continued in spite of diminished overall sales. There are at least 19 various forklift brands within North America, with over 100 various models available all over the world. In regards to makers, there is almost the same number of telehandler manufacturers, even though their products are being marketed under 24 different brands. Understandably, several of the brand names sell both lift trucks and telehandlers. Several of the main players within the business comprise brand names such as Tovel, Lift King, JCB, Case, Sellick, Manitou, Ingersoll Rand and Omega Lift.
By borrowing a few of the features that have increased the telehandler's fame, lift truck manufacturers have been able to increase their maneuverability advantages. Like for example, Tovel, Manitou, Omega Lift and AUSA use hydraulic chassis-leveling systems which enable the operator to square up the truck's frame when it is sitting on uneven terrain in order for lifts to be made more safely. This particular feature is offered as an alternative by Swinger, Load Lifter, and Lift King lift trucks.
Another telehandler-like technology is the 4-wheel steer. Omega Lift, Lift King, Tovel and Load Lifter all provide very rigid and durable framed equipment operating on 4 equal sized tires. These crab-steering and four-wheel coordinated steering modes provide the fantastic maneuverability which rivals the 4-wheeled steering standard lift truck models. There are extra flexibility options with the sideways shuttle crab-steer mode as well.
The side-shifting mast or carriage sideshift could enhance placement dexterity. A typical feature which is quite common is the mast sideshift. This is offered on most lift trucks available. It enables the operator to hydraulically move the mast several inches to either side of center. Another option is the carriage sideshift. This functions by moving the carriage to either side of the center of the mast.