Gehl RS12-42 GEN3 Telescopic Handlers

RS12-42 GEN:3
Telescopic Handler

  • Rated Lift Capacity (kg): 12,000 lbs. (5444)
  • Gross Power (kW): 120 hp (89)
  • Maximum Lift Height (m): 42' 4" (12.9)
  • Maximum Forward Reach (m): 27' 11" (8.5)
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Gehl RS12-42 Telehandler Performance

The model RS12-42 GEN:3 is built with high quality components, which provides the performance to get the job done.

  • Boom tip lift hook option is now available as a factory-installed option or field installed option.
  • Proven welded box-section telescopic boom design maximizes material lift and placement.
  • Cylinder design provides one of the fastest cycle times in the industry.
  • Frame leveling feature adjusts 10-degrees to the left and right, for level performance on uneven terrain.
  • Internal wet disc brakes provide excellent braking and long life.
  • Dual-element air filter protects the engine from airborne contaminants, increasing engine performance and longevity.

Operator's Cabin

The RS12-12 GEN:3 Telescopic Handler features spacious, durable operator stations to maximize comfort and productivity.

  • Large cab enclosure provides optimal leg room and a spacious operating environment.
  • ROPS/FOPS canopy is standard equipment; ROPS/FOPS enclosed cab is optional.
  • Virtually 360-degree visibility increases safety and operating accuracy.
  • Deluxe high-back seat maximizes operator comfort. Adjustable suspension seat is optional.
  • Side and rear glass is standard equipment.
Gehl RS12-42 Operator's Station


Gehl RS12-42 Telehandler Steering

Three steering modes – 4-wheel, 2-wheel and crab – enhance maneuverability and are easily changed by the flip of a switch.

  • In 4-wheel steer, the machine has a 13' 11" turning radius for machine positioning on tight job site.
Turning Radius (m) 13'11" (4.24)


Gehl RS12-42 Telehandler Engine Access

The RS12-42 GEN:3 Telescopic Handlers provides the power to get work done effectively and efficiently.

  • Dana four-speed power-shift transmission (4-forward/3-reverse speeds) is easy to operate.
  • Limited-slip differential in the front axle provides additional traction in muddy and unimproved surfaces.
  • Transmission clutch cut-out is switchable, and when activated allows faster engine acceleration and more power to the hydraulic system when the brake pedal is depressed.
Manufacturer Cummins
Model WSF 3.8Tier IV
Power (kW) 120 hp (89)
Maximum Travel Speed (km/hr) 20.1 mph (32.3)
Rated Speed 2,500 rpm


The model RS12-42 GEN:3 has outstanding hydraulic system and control performance.

  • Dual-function, pilot-assisted joystick is standard equipment.
  • Optional tri-function, pilot-assisted joystick allows the operator to set fork tilt and auxiliary function speeds.
  • Auto-leveling feature keeps loads level when raising/lowering the boom.
Pump Type Gear
Total Capacity (L/min) 41.5 gpm (157)
System Pressure (bar) 3,000 psi (207)
Hydraulic Reservoir Capacity (L) 45 gal. (170)


Gehl RS12-42 Telehandler Attachment System

There is a tool for every job, and the RS12-42 GEN:3 can power them all. Dynattach® Quick-Attach system allows quick attachment changes with unsurpassed ease.

A Carriages – Masonry, framing and standard carriages available in different widths.
B Rotating Carriage – 48” (1219 mm) and 66” (1676 mm) wide.
C Fork Shift - 50" (1270 mm) wide.
D Personnel Work Platforms - 48” x 50” x 114” (1219 mm x 1270 mm x 2895 mm) platform.
E Swing Carriage – 90° and 180° swing.
F Log and Pipe Grapple.
G Jib Boom - 5' (1.5 m) with winch and 60' (18.3 m) cable.
H Truss Boom - 15' (4.5 m) with optional winch.
Gehl RS12-42 GEN:2 Telehandler Boom Hook Attachment System

    Boom Tip Lift Hook

  • This factory-installed option provides a secure lifting point for transporting suspended loads without the use of an additional attachment.
  • The lift capacity remains the same as a standard carriage, while the quick attachment point increases versatility and reduces downtime.


Plenty of access points and over-sized covers make service and maintenance on the RS12-42 GEN:3 a snap.

  • Over-sized front cover provides easy access to the hydraulic reservoir and hydraulic pressure ports for service and testing.
  • Side-mounted fuel tank with battery access and an additional storage compartment.
  • Lockable rear-side covers located on both sides of the machine slide out of the way to expose the engine for service.
  • Shorter hoses from main valve to boom provide neat hose routing, enhancing serviceability.
Gehl RS12-42 Service Access
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Specifications (standard)


Lift Capacity 12,000 lbs.
Maximum Lift Height 42'4"
Capacity at Maximum Lift Height 10,000 lbs.
Maximum Forward Reach 27'11"
Capacity at Maximum Forward Reach 2,000 lbs.
Maximum Reach Below Grade 14"

Load Chart

(Outriggers Up/Outriggers Down)
A 12,000/12,000 lbs.
B 10,000/10,000 lbs.
C 8,000/8,000 lbs.
D 6,000/8,000 lbs.
E 4,000/6,000 lbs.
F 3,000/5,000 lbs.
G 2,000/4,000 lbs.

Gehl RS12-42 Telehandler Load Chart


Manufacturer Cummins
Model WSF 3.8 Tier IV
Power  120 hp
Aspiration Turbocharged
Rated Speed 2,500 rpm


Transmission Dana 4-speed Powershift
Maximum Travel Speed 20.1 mph
Selective Steering 4-Wheel
Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulically Actuated Internal Wet-Disc Brake
Parking Brake Spring-Applied, Hydraulic Release (SAHR) on Front Axle
Axle Manufacturer Dana


Pump Type Gear
Total Capacity  41.5 gpm
System Pressure  3,000 psi
Hydraulic Reservoir Capacity  45 gal. 

General Specifications

Approximate Weight 25,200 lbs. 
Length - Less Forks 19'3"
Width 8'3"
Ground Clearance 18"
Wheelbase 10'4"
Turning Radius 13'11"
Overall Height 7'11"
Frame Leveling 10°
Fuel Capacity 47 gal.

Tire Options

14.00 x 12 PR
14.00 x 24/12 PR Foam-Filled
13.00 x 24 Solid Rubber

Specifications (metric)


Lift Capacity 5444 kg
Maximum Lift Height 12.9 m
Capacity at Maximum Lift Height 4536 kg
Maximum Forward Reach 8.5 m
Capacity at Maximum Forward Reach 908 kg
Maximum Reach Below Grade 356 mm


Manufacturer Cummins
Model QSF 3.8 Tier IV
Power  89 kW
Aspiration Turbocharged
Rated Speed 2500 rpm


Transmission Dana 4-speed Powershift
Maximum Travel Speed 32.3 km/hr
Selective Steering 4-Wheel
Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulically Actuated Internal Wet-Disc Brake
Parking Brake Spring-Applied, Hydraulic Release (SAHR) on Front Axle
Axle Manufacturer Dana


Pump Type Gear
Total Capacity  157 L/min
System Pressure (bar) 207
Hydraulic Reservoir Capacity  170 L

General Specifications

Approximate Weight 11431 kg
Length - Less Forks 5.9 m
Width 2.5 m
Ground Clearance 457 mm
Wheelbase 3.15 m
Turning Radius 4.24 m
Overall Height 2.41 m
Frame Leveling 10°
Fuel Capacity 178 L

Tire Options

14.00 x 12 PR
14.00 x 24/12 PR Foam-Filled
13.00 x 24 Solid Rubber


Gehl stands behind its products with a powerful warranty program. We know that Gehl equipment is put to the test each day, and we engineer and build our equipment to stand up to the challenges they face. To back up our commitment to quality, all Gehl equipment is backed by a twelve month warranty. An extended warranty is available for additional protection to your investment. Read more by clicking on the link to our warranty page below.

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