New Telehandler Trio High on Versatility

By Walt Moore, Senior Editor | September 28, 2010

New Holland
Although the new telehanders from New Holland will no doubt work primarily with forks, this M428 with a loose-material bucket might eliminate the need for a small wheel loader on site for clean-up chores.

According to New Holland, its three new "high-performance" telehandlers feature long reach, plenty of power, operator comfort, and simplified routine serviceability. The new models — M427, M428 and M459 — are designed to meet a variety of lift-and-place and lift-and-carry applications. Their low-profile, low-boom design, says the company, affords not only enhanced visibility both at boom-height and pick-and-carry levels, but also adds to machine stability. Visibility also gets a boost from the rounded front profile of the cab and expansive glass area.

Operating weights for the new trio are 21,781, 24,118 and 25,353 pounds, respectively. When foam-filled tires are used, operating weights increase by an average of 9 percent. Maximum rated lift capacities (at 24 inches from the fork heel) are 6,600, 8,000 and 9,000 pounds; lift capacities at maximum height are 3,500, 5,000 and 5,000 pounds, respectively. Maximum lift height for the M427 and M428 is 41.8 feet, and for the M459, 44.6 feet.

All three new models use Iveco diesel engines, with respective gross-horsepower ratings of 95, 120 and 120. Also common is a 4F/3R powershift transmission that provides a forward top speed of 22 mph. A 153-inch turning radius and the choice of three steering modes — standard, crab and four-wheel — add to the new machines' on-site performance.

For the operator's convenience, a single joystick in the cab controls the boom and attachment. Also making the operator's life a bit easier are features such as ground-level fueling and a flip-up hood over the side-mounted engine that provides easy access to routine maintenance points. Performance capabilities are expanded, too, via the universal coupler that is designed to allow use of a selection of attachments, including pallet forks, block forks, lumber forks, truss boom and loose-material bucket.

Lift and Reach Specs Summary
M427 M428 M459
Maximum lift capacity (lb.) 6,600 8,000 9,000
Lift capacity at maximum height (lb.) 3,500 5,000 5,000
Maximum lift height (ft.) 41.8 41.8 44.6
Reach, fully raised (ft.) 5.0 5.0 3.5
Maximum reach (ft.) 29 29 30.8