TL642 Telehandler



Technical Specifications
Benefits and Features

The TL642 is precision engineered to handle any task, offering stability, maneuverability, speed and power in any application.

Operating Specifications
Rated Load Capacity 6500 lb
Maximum Lift Height 42 ft
Maximum Forward Reach 30 ft
Top Travel Speed 19 mile/h
Drawbar Pull - Loaded 20670 lbf
Turning Radius - Over Tires 12 ft
Frame Leveling 10°
Capacity at Maximum Height 6500 lb
Capacity at Maximum Reach 700 lb
Engine Model Cat® C3.6L
Gross Power - Basic 73.7 HP
Note Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards.
Operating Weight 22002 lb
Height 8 ft
Width 8 ft
Wheel Base 11.25 ft
Length - Fork Face 18.5 ft
Ground Clearance 17 in
Turning Radius - Over Tires 12 ft
Standard 370/75-28 Duraforce Air
Optional (1) 370/75-28 Duraforce Foam Fill
Optional (2) 315/95-28 Telemaster Solid
Optional (3) 13.00-24 16PR Air
Optional (4) 13.00-24 12PR Foam
Optional (5) 370/75-28 Non-Marking Air
Optional 370/75-28 Non-Marking Foam
Service Refill Capacities
Fuel Tank 38.3 gal (US)
Hydraulic System 42 gal (US)
Boom Performance
Boom Up 15 s
Boom Down 10.3 s
Tele In 9.5 s
Tele Out 16.3 s
Hydraulic System
Gear Pump Single-section
Auxiliary Hydraulic Pressure 3481 psi
Auxiliary Hydraulic Flow 18 gal/min
Braking System
Parking Brakes Wet disc, spring applied hydraulic release on front axle
Service Brakes Inboard wet disc brakes on front and rear axles
Type (1) Trunnion mounted planetary 55 degree steer axles.
Type (2) High bias limited slip differential on front axle.
Work Tools
Carriages - Dual Fork Positioning 50 in
Pallet Forks - Option 2 [2] 1220 mm, 60 mm × 100 mm ([2] 48 in, 2.36 in × 4 in)
Pallet Forks - Option 3 [2] 1829 mm, 60 mm × 150 mm ([2] 72 in, 2.36 in × 6 in)
Pallet Forks - Option 1 [2] 1220 mm, 60 mm × 125 mm ([2] 48 in, 2.36 in × 5 in)
Cubing Forks [2] 1220 mm, 50 mm × 50 mm ([2] 48 in, 2 in × 2 in)
Carriages - Standard Tilt 50 in
Carriages - Side Shift 50 in
Carriages - Swing 100°, 1829 mm, 2948 kg Capacity, 2268 kg Swung (100°, 72 in, 6,500 lb Capacity, 5,000 lb Swung)
Lumber Forks - Option 1 [2] 1525 mm, 45 mm × 180 mm ([2] 60 in, 1.75 in × 7 in)
Transmission Speeds
Forward 4 speed
Reverse 3 speed

Operator Station

Intuitive Control Layout

All day operator comfort and efficiency is ensured through our easier to use control layout.

Easier Access

Cab entry and exit is both easier and more convenient due to the well placed handholds.

Operator Protection

The machine provides full operator security with OROPS or EROPS protection.

Enhanced Visibility

The TL-Series cab has improved visibility due to the use of advanced virtual design techniques.

Ease of Operation

Joystick Control

The joystick allows three simultaneous boom functions enabling application customization for more than a dozen configurations.

Flow Sharing

Three simultaneous hydraulic functions are achieved using a full flow sharing hydraulic valve. A load sensing variable displacement pump allows full hydraulic power even at low revs.


Lift Height

The TL642 can pick and place bricks and materials to a maximum height of 42 ft. (12.8 m).


Job site obstacles present challenges demanding a machine to place loads at greater distances - the TL642 delivers.


The TL642 offers improved maneuverability, allowing it to work productively in confined areas.

Steering Modes

The TL642 offers three steering modes (two wheel, crab and 4-wheel steer) to allow an operator to more easily position the machine. Steering modes are selected by a single three-position rocker switch. Steering position sensors are fitted as standard to all steering modes to be changed while moving.

Power Train


Th TL642 features a Cat Power-shift transmission.


Quick Coupler

A manual IT coupler is standard on the TL-Series machines. For optimum versatility, all machines are equipped with the hydraulic quick coupler, allowing the operator to more easily change non-hydraulic work tools without leaving the cab.

Hydraulic Services

Machines are equipped with Auxiliary Hydraulic services, allowing the use of hydraulically operated work tools. All TL-Series telehandlers are equipped with a single auxiliary hydraulic service and continuous hydraulic flow.

Work Tools

A wide range of work tools are available to meet most job site applications. Caterpillar Telehandler Work Tools extend the versatility of the machine. Built for performance and durability, these work tools deliver high productivity, long life and excellent value.

  • General Purpose Bucket (1.0 m3/1.3 yd3)
  • Light Materials Bucket (2.0 m3/2.6 yd3, 2.5 m3/3.25 yd3, 3.0 m3/3.90 yd3)
  • Material Handling Bucket (1.5 m3/1.95 yd3, )
  • Multi Purpose Bucket (1.0 m3/1.3 yd3)
  • Grapple Bucket (0.85 m3/1.1 yd3)
  • Fixed Carriage
  • Rotate Carriage
  • Sideshift Carriage
  • Pallet Forks
  • Block Forks
  • Lift Hook
  • Truss Boom

Contact your Cat dealer for additional work tool options.


A wide range of tire options enables the machine to be configured to achieve optimum job site performance.

Cost of Ownership

Ease of Access

Cost of ownership starts with ease of service. All Cat Telehandler service points are accessible and major components are at ground level due to overall machine design.

Daily Maintenance

Routine daily maintenance is now reduced to checking fluid levels and a walkaround inspection.

Service Intervals

Engine oil, filter changes and routine lubrication are now only required every 500 hours.

Reduced Componentry

With the reduction in the number of filters and extended service intervals, operating costs are the lowest in the industry.

Equipment Protection Plan

Designed to enhance your telehandler ownership experience with comprehensive coverage and peace of mind.

Serviceability and Customer Support


All Cat Telehandler service points, including the combined transmission/hydraulic oil filter, are accessible and major components are at ground level due to the overall machine design. A cab mounted service point allows access to the fuel fill, hydraulic oil fill, washer bottle, fuse box and cab air filter for routine checks.


Make detailed comparisons before you buy. Your Cat Dealer can give you precise answers to your questions.


Look at the value that the TL642 telehandler will offer you. Consider all the flexible financing options your Cat Dealer offers as well as day-to-day operating costs.


Improving operating techniques can boost your profits. Your Cat Dealer has literature and other tools to help increase your productivity.


Repair, rebuild or replace? Your Cat Dealer can help you evaluate the cost involved so you can make the right choice.

Product Support

You will find high availability of parts at our Dealer parts counter. Cat Dealers utilize a worldwide computer network to find in-stock parts to minimize machine downtime. Additionally, Caterpillar offers a line of genuine remanufactured components which can help lower repair costs.

Easy Financing

Your Cat Dealer can provide a financing package to meet your needs.

Standard Equipment:

  • Telescopic Boom
    • Boom angle indicator
  • Electrical
    • Alternator, 60 amp, 12 volt
    • Battery, 12 volt, 1000 CCA
    • Horn
    • Alarm, backup
  • Operator Station
    • Canopy, ROPS/FOPS
    • Joystick, single electronic
    • Adjustable joystick wristrest
    • Low step, grab bars for easy entry
    • Seat - vinyl, suspension with Cat logo
    • Steering wheel spinner knob
    • Floor mat - heavy duty
    • Left side rear view mirror
    • Service door, cab air intake filter, fuel fill, hydraulic fill, level indicator, fuse panel and washer fill
    • Instruments - volt meter, hourmeter, engine oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge. All gauges protected by clear acrylic cover.
    • Park Brake with indicator light
    • Steering Wheel with Cat logo
    • Cat keys and locks
    • Brakes - wet disc service
  • Power Train
    • Engine,Cat® C3.6L (73.7 hp)
    • Thermal starting aid
    • Transmission, 4-speed forward, 3-speed reverse
    • Cat filters, hoses and couplings
    • Axles - Dana
    • Steering - 4 wheel
    • Parking brake with indicator light
    • Drive - 4 wheel
  • Structure
    • Chassis, frame level up to 10 degrees when operating in rough, uneven terrain
    • Cat IT Coupler
  • Anti-freeze
    • Coolant - Anti-freeze, 50/50 Mix
  • Tires
    • Tires - 370/75-28 Duraforce Air
  • Other Equipment
    • Integrated lift and tie down points
    • Standard Cat color paint
    • Auxillary hydraulics for auxillary attachments (one function)

Optional Equipment:

  • Telescopic Boom
    • Hydraulic IT Coupler (includes Auxiliary Electrics)
  • Electrical
    • Work Light Group: 2 Cab mounted headlights -- 2 forward, 1 rearward; 1 Reversing Light; 2 Boom Mounted Lights, 1 Rotating Beacon
    • Engine heater block
    • Heater - open cab
    • Road Light Group -- Headlights, Brake Lights, Turn Signals
  • Operator Station
    • Air conditioning
    • Auxiliary hydraulics for Hydraulic Work Tools (one function)
    • Single Joystick - with Rocker Switch
    • EROPS - Cab Enclosure (Door, Safety Glass Windows, Front Windshield Wiper, Heater & Defroster Fan)
    • Skylight Wiper
    • Brick Guard - Top and front.
  • Tires
    • Tires - 13.00-24 12PR Foam
    • Tires - 13.00-24 16PR Air
    • Tires - 370/75-28 Duraforce Foam Fill
    • Tires - 370/75-28 Non-Marking Air
    • Tires - 315/95-28 Telemaster Solid
  • Other Equipment
    • Fenders
    • Tow Hook - Pintle Type
    • Instant Hook - 4000 lb capacity, boom head mounted winch
    • Outriggers
    • Artic package - Package includes: 2400 AMP starter, 1000 watt hydraulic reservoir heater, 500 watt engine oil-pan heater, Dual maintenance free, 1375 CCA gel cell batteries, 160 watt battery heating blanket, 1000 watt engine block heater.
  • Work Tools
    • Access Work Platform - 8 ft x 4 ft; 1,000 maximum capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - side shift, 50 in. (available from factory)
    • Lifting Hook - fork mounted (available from factory)
    • Truss Broom
    • Carriage - standard tilt, 50 in. (available from factory)
    • Carriage - wide tilt, 72 in. (available from factory)
    • Carriage - standard rotate, 50 in. (available from factory)
    • Carriage - swing, 72 in., 100 degrees, 6000 lb capacity, 5000 lb swung (available from factory)
    • Pallet Forks - two 60 in, 2 in x 6 in, capacity per pair 6600 lb (available from factory)
    • Pallet Forks - two 48 in, 2.36 in x 4 in, capacity per pair 6600 lb (available from factory)
    • Cubing Forks - two 48 in, 2 in x 2 in, capacity per pair 3800 lb (available from factory)
    • Bucket - General Purpose 1.3 Cu. Yd.
    • Bucket - Material Handling 1.95 Cu. Yd.
    • Bucket - Multi-Purpose, 1.3 Cu. Yd.

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