Gehl RS5-19, Mustang 519 Telehandlers

By Frank Raczon, Senior Editor | January 31, 2012

The new Gehl RS5-19 and Mustang 519 telehandlers are now equipped with EPA-certified Tier 4-I Yanmar diesels rated at 68 horsepower, a 4-horsepower boost from previous models.

Both units feature a tight turning radius of 11 feet, enabling them to maneuver in low buildings and on confined jobsites. Gehl is marketing the RS5-19 as a low-profile (overall height 6 feet, 4 inches) construction machine, while Mustang is touting the 519’s fuel savings with the Tier 4-I engine to the agricultural market.

The Gehl RS5-19 and Mustang 519 have a boom reach up to 19 feet, 1 inch, and compete in the 5,500-pound lift capacity class. The boom’s welded box-section design comes from Gehl’s Dynalift telehandlers.

Internal wet disc service brakes are standard equipment, along with a SAHR (Spring-Applied, Hydraulic-Release) parking brake, which is automatically applied when the engine is shut off or manually engaged by pressing a rocker switch. This design eliminates the cable stretch and adjustments associated with many other telescopic handlers, according to the company.

The view from the ROPS/FOPS canopy is a full 360 degrees. An enclosed cab is optional with front and top windows, a door, and a heater/defroster for use in areas where operators need protection from the weather. Optional air conditioning is also available for further climate control. Two direct mechanical joystick controls for boom and fork tilt functions are standard.

Engine accessibility is enhanced with a large, hinged hood on the side of the machine. The hood lifts fully out of the way, allowing room to access maintenance points, including the battery and oil fill. Underneath the RS5-19, Gehl has added a bolted belly pan to protect all engine and hydraulic components. A hinged access door provides access to the engine oil drain.

Both machines have a hydraulic flow up to 22 gallons per minute. Optional auxiliary lines are available to power a variety of available attachments, including, truss booms, jib booms, buckets, and multiple types of carriages and forks. The “Dynattach Quick-Attach System” allows fast attachment changes. Hydraulic hoses are routed inside the boom to protect them from jobsite hazards.