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P & D Marsh
48 Elm High Road
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0DQ

07730 202270

 

Telescopic fork lift (+shovel)

 

Telescopic fork lift (+shovel)

Product

M21 - Telescopic fork lift (+shovel) - N Gauge

Details

Comes in kit form and requires painting.



The Telescopic Boom Forklift was put onto the market at the beginning of 1976 as a purpose made forklift truck for the construction industry. It was called the “Giraffe” and being so successful it led to the industry expansion developing into some 15 or more manufacturers. They all produce various models with varying lift heights and capacities having become a very popular choice for agricultural and industrial purposes. In these industries they are commonly known as Telescopic Handlers or Telehandlers. They are similar in appearance and function to a conventional forklift but are more a crane than a forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the truck. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet carriage & forks, muck grab, sweeper, work platform etc.

They are either two or four wheel drive with two or 4 wheel steer options, the latter allowing a crab-like movement. Operation is hydraulics, powered by petrol, LPG or diesel engine units matched to the various sizes of lift and reach capacity offered. Four large wheels & tyres are fitted especially for rough terrain building sites and agricultural work. Additional stabilisers are sometimes added to level truck and improve stability at high lifts and on rough ground. They are also useful for unloading trailers and railway wagons being able to reach across the decks from one side or end and quickly lift and move goods into a warehouse and place in a rack at high level. The bucket loading version is also ideal for quickly lifting gravel, coal and such into high sided railway wagons, where otherwise large expensive articulating loaders are required. All Telehandlers look very similar and were originally painted yellow. Manufacturers now however, paint them differently using their corporate colour, generally a single colour with a black or white cab.

Our design criteria was to create a scale size simulated version of a 5 to 6 tonne capacity model capable of lifting to a height of 10 to 12 meters, with it being possible to display the same model in various heights with boom extended, raised and lowered. It was also important to keep the assembly as simple as possible using a combination of cast metal and plastic section parts. It is not a direct copy on any specific make, just a soundly engineered representation to sit happily on any layout over this time-period, suiting N-gauge 1:148 to 1:160 scales. The truck will stand under its own weight with boom fully extended at maximum height, forks fitted with a pallet load or with bucket fitted. A loading bucket and pallet, carriage & forks are included and to avoid the need to keep removing the small pivot pin an additional inner boom is provided making swap-over easy. When the bucket is fitted the inner-boom would not normally need extending to its full extent. A seated operator is provided but it need not be fitted if truck is to be shown parked. The cab can also be glazed.

Difficulty

4

Price

15.35

         
 

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