JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, marked its entry into the North American agricultural industry at Ag Progress Days in Furnace, Pennsylvania, Farm Progress in Decatur, Illinois, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Isle, Nebraska, where the company featured its new AG925 telehandler.
Telehandlers are commonly used on farms and ranches across Europe for ground engagement and lifting tasks. In recent years, they have started to gain favor among large U.S. farmers for lifting and loading, as well as for general farm repair and construction tasks.
“JLG has a long history as the North American market leader in the construction telehandler category. This experience gave us a solid foundation from which to build when it came to the design engineering and technical expertise needed to manufacture purpose-built models for the agricultural industry,” states Frank Nerenhausen, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of JLG Industries.
The JLG AG925 telehandler is an 8,800-lb capacity model with a 24-ft 9-in maximum lift height. It’s tight turning radius and 25 mph max travel speed allow it to work productively in and around barns, including up and down livestock rows.
A wide range of available attachments include a variety of carriages, forks, buckets, bale handlers, even a personnel work platform and auger, extending the versatility of this machine and allowing it to handle silage, load hay bales and clean out pens.
When equipped with a quick coupler, the AG925 can also be used with third party and skid steer attachments to move feed, bedding and hay across a variety of farm types including dairy, steer, hog and beef.
According to Nerenhausen, JLG’s business model for the ag channel differs from its approach to the construction and industrial markets “We are currently fielding inquiries and in discussions with dealers across North America to identify distributors who are like-minded, value premium products and seek to deliver the same gold standard of lifecycle product support and service to its customers that JLG is renowned for. These dealers will have exclusive distribution rights within a designated territory to represent and sell JLG agricultural telehandlers.”
JLG will also be establishing dedicated agricultural sales and support teams.
“The AG925 marks the start of a line of agricultural telehandlers that will withstand the rigors of year-round farm work,” says Rogerio Dos Santos, vice president of engineering for telehandlers at JLG. “The introduction of the AG925 is the first in a planned range of models to meet the needs of the agricultural community.”
For more information on JLG agricultural telehandlers, please visit: https://www.jlg.com/en