26 January 1996

Minis take telescopics lead

By Andrew Faulkner

ITS all change in the telescopic handler market – and fast. Lincs-based Sanderson says, "mini" telescopics are now outselling the previous industry standard, the 6.5-7m lift machine.

To address this shift in demand, the firm is ditching its current Teleporter range and replacing it with two new models, a smaller 5.5m (18ft) lift model and an uprated 7m (22ft 11.5in) farming flagship. Out go the 10-year-old 600 and 700 series, enter the TL6 and TL7.

Decked out in Sandersons peacock blue and yellow livery, the new four-wheel-steer/four-wheel-drive machines have more performance, improved all-round visibility and bigger cabs than their predecessors. But both are put together in a tidier package (see box).

Admittedly, the TL7 is only marginally lower than the old 700-series – main change on the TL7 is more performance – but the TL6 is significantly shorter, narrower and lower than the 600 machines it replaces. As a result Sanderson now has a genuine "mini" to compete with the likes of JCBs 526-55, Matbros TS270 and Manitous 526.

"The market is split into two distinct sectors," says Tony Golland, Sandersons marketing director. "Although there is obviously still demand for the 7m machines, the growth sector is definitely for the more manouevrable 5.5m models, which are capable of getting through an 8ft tall door. This year we will build about 60% TL6s and 40% TL7s."

Apart from external dimensions, there are a number of other changes on the TL-series.

Most obvious is the bigger cab, common to both models. Claimed to have 40% more internal space, the cabin houses an upgraded seat with lumbar support, more glass, slim-profile steering column and a new joystick control. The joystick now has its boom in/out rocker switch at the front and there are two fully integrated buttons for the standard third service; the clamped-on button box has gone.

Also common to both are the choice of mechanical cable-operated or electro-hydraulic Solo loader controls between joystick and valve chest, a 106hp Perkins 1000-series engines, ITL powershuttle torque convertor transmissions (twist grip powershift is an option on TL7), bigger fuel and hydraulic oil tanks, and a re-worked rear end.

Particularly important is the new back-end, which improves rear offside vision. This has been achieved by moving the boom pivot point forward and down, losing one of the self-levelling compensating rams and curving the rear hood profile. Rear overhang is also reduced by tucking the front part of the engine under the boom pivot and building the tow hitch into the profiled counter-weight as opposed to tacking it on the back. &#42

Teleporter data – old versus new

ModelOld 624New TL6Old 726New TL7


Lift capacity2.4t2.5t2.6t3t

Lift height5.59m5.5m6.75m7m

(18ft 4in)(18ft)(22ft 2in)(22ft 11.5in)

Outside turning3.75m3.7m4m3.9m

radius to tyres(12ft 4in)(12ft 1in)(13ft 2in)(12ft 10in)

Machine height2.55m2.39m 2.62m2.55m

(8ft 4in)(7ft 10in)(8ft 7in)(8ft 4in)

Machine width 2.21m1.95m2.3m2.28m

(7ft 3in)(6ft 4in)(7ft 6in)(7ft 5.5in)

Price -£33,085*-£33,735*

*Add £1900 for electro-hydraulic Solo control. TL7 only: Add further £1350 for on-the-move powershift transmission.

Teleporter Mark III. Sanderson is replacing its 600- and 700-series Teleporters with a new two-model range, the T-series. The 5.5m lift TL6 is available now, while deliveries of the 7m TL7 should start at the end of March.