Wireless Remote Control For Gehl Telehandlers

Posted on September 14, 2005

Gehl Co. is introducing a radio remote control system designed to allow a telescopic handler operator to control boom functions using a compact, wireless remote control pendant from outside the cab or from within a personnel work platform. The hand-held pendant can be used to raise, lower, extend and retract the boom, and start and stop the engine. The system is now available on all Gehl DL Series telescopic handlers and will soon be available on Gehl RS Series models. In addition, Gehl said it is developing a 90ยบ swing carriage for use in conjunction with the Radio Remote Control System. This carriage will allow users to position a work platform exactly parallel to a building, or to position their telescopic handler parallel to a building, which creates a larger area for working without repositioning the machine.

The pendant/transmitter is waterproof and resistant to impacts encountered on jobsites. The solid-state unit has a proportional trigger control for controlling the speed of the boom. It uses frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum (FHSS) technology initially developed for military applications. FHSS devices concentrate their signal power into a narrow band, which randomly hops from frequency to frequency within a designated radio band to prevent signal errors. Each transmitter uses a programmable, unique ID code to ensure that no two systems will conflict at a job site. Its radio transmission pattern, along with its error-checking techniques, enables its signal to overcome the interference that commonly affects licensed radios.