Responding to industry concerns, manufacturers of telescopic handlers this year are trumpeting operator safety and comfort and forklift maneuverability over other features of their machines. A common motif runs through the product literature: A versatile and efficient rough-terrain forklift can improve a contractor's productivity. This article highlights some of the newest models. All the information was provided by the manufacturers, which include: JCB Inc., Trak International Inc., Lull Industries Inc., Caterpillar Building Products, Gehl Co., The Gradall Co., Pettibone Michigan, K-D Manitou Inc., and Ingersoll-Rand Co.