Telehandlers in Oil and Gas Midstream

Use of Telehandlers in Oil and Gas Midstream is Growing

As fracking has grown in the United States, we’re seeing more and more aerial work platforms and telehandlers being used in the oil and gas midstream. And it makes perfect sense. The telehandler is the right equipment for constructing a drilling rig, servicing rigs, and moving and placing the heavy pipe used in the industry. This ability to lift and haul pipe and other heavy materials found in the midstream sector over rough terrain and anywhere in the yard makes these four-wheeled material handlers the right fit.

With the use of a telehandler, workers can maneuver into those hard-to-reach spaces that once called for scaffolding. This saves the industry the time and manpower that erecting and tearing down scaffolding can cost. Plus, the telehandler is a safe base when a job site has uneven surfaces or obstacles to work around. And they have so many functions and options that they can replace other pieces of equipment that were on the pad previously. Before the telehandler, a job site might have had to keep a skid steer, backhoe and excavator on hand. With the right attachments, a telehandler can do the work of all of those machines. They can be used on the right of way, the well pad, compressor stations and fabrication yards. They move a great deal of material over rugged terrain.

And a telescopic handler provides fully functional extended reach and placement blended with the rough terrain mobility of a four-wheel-drive truck.

In general, telehandlers start at around a 5,000 lb. carrying capacity. But the oil and gas industry has found 10,000 lb. and up equipment to be more to its needs. And while lift capacity is a big consideration for many companies, these massive machines also provide much greater outreach capacity, excellent visibility from the high cabs, and hydrostatic drive systems that ensure smooth controls.

A Telehandler is Your Hardest Working Machine

A telehandler can be on the job site early and leave last. A contractor can arrive and unload his palletized material from his truck using the standard fork and carriage. He can unload pipe by adding a pipe grapple attachment, and haul the pipe around the yard with the telehandler. At the end of the project, the telehandler can be used to clean up the yard. And in the midstream section of oil and gas work, being able to easily haul pipe is a very big deal.

Also, to make it easier for buyers to understand the Telehandler line (also known as the JCB loadall), JCB has renamed its telehandler products. Each name suggests the model’s maximum capacity and lift height.

Different Telehandler Sizes for Different Needs

Different telehandler sizes allow contractors to run the most efficient equipment for their projects.

JCB 514-56

For example, the JCB 514-56 Telehandler is one of JCB’s largest capacity telescopic handlers and designed for the oil and gas industry. The name suggests the 56 ft. lift and maximum lift capacity of 14,000 lbs. The easy-to-operate JCB 514-56 telescopic handler is equipped with low-effort servo controls that are arranged in a pattern style most operators are accustomed to. With 109 HP, a this telescopic handler has proven reliability. Plus, easy access to the side-mounted engine for the daily checks makes it one of the easiest to maintain on the market today.

JCB 514-56 telehandler


The JCB 512-56 Telehandler can lift 5,600 lbs. and has a maximum lift height of 56 ft. Designed to place heavy loads with ease and precision, the JCB 512-56 Telehandler is one of JCB’s largest capacity telescopic handlers. No after-treatment is needed with the JCB 74HP EcoMAX engine. It comes equipped with a low-effort servo single joystick for easy operation, arranged in a lifting pattern style that most operators are accustomed to.The side-mounted engine is easily accessed for the daily checks, making maintenance quick and easy.

JCB 512-56 Telehandler

JCB 510-56

This full-sized telehandler lifts 10,000 lbs. and has a maximum lift height of 56 ft. It is equally well suited for placing materials using forks, or digging into dirt and aggregating piles with a bucket. The four-section boom with the exclusive JCB U-shape boom design is engineered for extra strength and more than 20 inches of section overlap. Keyhole castings help to dissipate forces on the boom while using a bucket. With no required exhaust after-treatment, the JCB EcoMAX engine does away with the need for heat-resistant lube oils or Adlube. The EcoMAX engine can also be adapted to run on lower-grade fuels.

JCB 510-56 telehandler

JCB 505-20TC

The JCB 505-20 is a full-sized Dieselmax-powered telescopic handler with a lift height of 20 ft. and lift capacity of 5,500 lbs. It comes with a spacious cab with wide access door. The cab glass is tinted to reflect 30% of the sun’s energy, offering the operator increased warmth in colder work conditions. It’s not only powerful, but maneuverable, comfortable and safe. JCB’s proportional constant flow feature allows operators to program different flow rates for different attachments. Operators can maneuver quickly and easily using the shuttle lever on the steering column or the joystick-mounted shuttle switch.

JCB 505-20 telehandler

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Jordan Radach