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Telehandler / Performance Features

Hydrostatic Transmission – Telehandlers

With controls similar to an automobile, the heavy-duty industrial hydrostatic transmission makes operation easy. It provides high wheel torque for digging and pushing. Other features of the hydrostatic transmission include 2-Speed ranges with shift-on-the-fly, speed management, and dynamic braking.

Feature Details

Speed Management

 The VersaHANDLER V519 telehandler and flail cutter attachment clearing landscaping debris.

Speed management allows you to adjust your travel speed independently from the engine speed. Use your accelerator pedal to set the engine speed to the optimal setting for the attachment that you’re operating, then dial in your desired travel speed. It’s especially helpful when operating attachments that perform best with a slow and consistent travel speed.


The VersaHANDLER V519 telehandler speed mode controls.

A simple mode switch in the blinker controls the high and low 2-Speed ranges. This allows you to smoothly shift on the fly between low and high range. Low range is best for applications that need higher wheel torque, such as loading a truck or pushing. High range is ideal for traveling around jobsites.

Dynamic Braking System

V723 VersaHANDLER telehandler with a combination bucket unloads material in a pile.

Dynamic braking gives you maximum control on slopes where you can easily inch your way up or down without applying the brake. The machine will decelerate and stop as soon as you let your foot off the accelerator pedal — unlike a torque converter-style transmission that coasts before coming to a complete stop.

Brake Pedal

Brake pedal on V723 VersaHANDLER telehandler.

Brake pedal controls travel speed at any rpm. Using the first half of the stroke on the brake pedal allows you to maintain full engine rpm while hydrostatically slowing down the machine. This is beneficial if you want to reduce travel speed, but still need to maintain full hydraulic flow while using an attachment. Pressing the pedal further applies the machine brakes. Due to the hydrostatic transmission, the VersaHANDLER telescopic tool carrier will decelerate and stop as soon as you remove pressure from the accelerator pedal.