Two weeks ago, associate publisher Keith Gribbins earned his telehandler operator’s license at a Genie press event out in Washington. There will be a full write-up in our January issue of Compact Equipment magazine, but until then, let’s check out Genie’s all-new 6,000-lb capacity GTH-636 telehandler (launched at the event), delivering all of the performance of a full-sized machine in a compact size.
Rather than detuning its 8,000-lb telehandler by downsizing the cylinders, Genie optimized the structure in the boom and the chassis, dropping the weight of the machine to under 20,000 lbs. By staying under 20,000 lbs, the new telehandler built from the ground up delivers full-sized performance, full-sized tires and full-sized capacity while delivering the right-sized price.
With a maximum lifting height of 36 ft and a forward reach of 21 ft, 11 in., the telehandler offers a maximum lifting capacity of 6,000 lbs. Its operating weight is 17,600 lbs, and the telehandler provides an outside turning radius of 13 ft, 4 in. The telehandler is very versatile with a rugged chassis and boom, standard QA and auxiliary hydraulics, a right-side mount engine and a new boom support for enhanced visibility.
“With the GTH-636 we took the best features of our 8,000-lb telehandler and then created a whole new equation. We focused on maximizing customer ROIC,” said Chad Hislop, director of product management, Terex Aerial Work Platforms.
While the GTH-636 looks similar to the GTH-844 with the side engine mount, high pivot boom, and high-visibility cab, there are several differences.
Unlike the GTH-844, the GTH-636 is powered by a 74-hp, 2.9 liter Tier 4 final compliant Deutz turbo-charged diesel engine. By keeping the horsepower under 75, the engine is Tier 4 final compliant, only using a diesel oxidation catalyst. This catalytic converter requires no scheduled servicing, meaning no Regen and no Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
The Genie GTH-636 has features all of the same benefits included in the new Genie telehandler cab launched in 2013. Cab options include fully enclosed, and fully enclosed with air conditioning. The highly adjustable suspension seat and adjustable tilt steering wheel are standard. These ergonomic adjustments allow a wide range of operator sizes so the user is comfortable throughout their day.
All Genie telehandlers come standard with the Quick-Attach system. This gives the operator the flexibility to use the forks and carriage that come with the machine, or quickly attach to a new carriage. A new feature on our Quick Attach system is our new lifting shackle. This new lifting point can support a full-rated suspended load of 6,000 lb. without the need of an additional attachment.
The telehandler’s boom may be serviced by removing one cover, a common feature with all Genie telehandlers. This lets the service technician remove all the boom cylinders and chains without having to take the boom apart, saving time and money over the life of the telehandler.
“Genie has built its reputation on products that are easy to maintain and service,” said Hislop. “Regular maintenance is easier, and that keeps the equipment working.”
The Genie GTH-636 is now in production and available in North and South America.
Tags: Editor at Large, GTH-636 Telehandler