Level load

The Traverse T8044 features a 70-in. horizontal boom travel at every height, which lets operators lift and land loads in hard-to-reach locations. The product has a lift capacity of 8000 lbs and a lift height up to 44½ ft. A frame sway feature offers an industry-leading leveling of 12 deg to the left or right and allows leveling of the machine and load simultaneously when working over rough and uneven terrain.

Pettibone, 800-467-3884,www.gopettibone.com

Stable operation

The M428 features a low-profile rear boom that enhances stability and operator visibility. The machine offers a maximum lift capacity of 8000 lbs and top lift height of 42 ft. A tight turning radius and choice of three steering modes (front, crab, or four-wheel) give the operator a great deal of maneuverability. Optional stabilizers can be added for increased safety on heavy jobs. Other features include simple joystick controls and a comfortable operator compartment.

New Holland Corp., 866-726-3396,www.newholland.com

Tight turner

The G5-18A is a super-compact model with a 5500-lb maximum lift capacity and 1850-lb load capacity at its full reach of 11 ft. Its small size (146-in. long, 71-in. wide, and 77-in. high) and tight turning radius (126 in.) provide for easy, effective maneuvering in confined areas or congested jobsites. Several optional attachments, including buckets, carriages, and a crane hook, are available.

JLG Industries Inc., 877-554-5438,www.jlg.com

Rough terrain

The GTH-1048 has a reach of 31 ft and can lift 6000 lbs up to 48 ft. The GTH-1056 has an outreach of 40 ft and lifts 4000 lbs up to 56 ft. Both units offer a maximum lift capacity of 10,000 lbs, outside turning radius of under 14 ft, and three steering modes –crab, coordinated, and front wheel. Four-cylinder Perkins or Deere diesel engines are available.

Genie Industries, 800-536-1800,www.genieindustries.com

Accelerated action

Powered by a turbocharged 110-hp engine, the VR-843C telescopic material handler has a 43-ft lift height, forward reach of 28 ft, and reach below grade of 2 ft 10 in. Hydraulics provides control of the load throughout the boom lifting range, resulting in accelerated telescopic action. A single joystick comes standard on this 8000-lb lift capacity machine.

Bobcat, 866-823-7898,www.bobcat.com

Goes low

The RS5-19 has a turning radius of 11 ft and an overall height of 6 ft 4 in., making it able to maneuver in low buildings and confined jobsites. The boom reaches up to 19 ft and can lift 5000 lbs. Internal wet disc service brakes are standard for good stopping and long life. The canopy has a 360-deg view and two direct mechanical joysticks control the boom and fork tilt. A hinged hood on the side provides easy access to the 64-hp Deutz diesel.

Gehl Co., 800-628-0491,www.gehl.com

Rollover protection

The MHT 10160 has a capacity of 36,000 lbs. Top capacity at its maximum lift height of 31 ft. 10 in. is 15,430 lbs, while capacity at its maximum forward reach of 18 ft tops out at 9260 lbs. The telehandler is powered by a 175-hp Tier III engine and has a two-speed hydrostatic transmission that provides for a high degree of maneuverability. Standard features include a fully enclosed, rollover-protected cab and high-output, load-sensing hydraulics.

Manitou North America, 800-433-3304,www.us.manitou.com